In Seattle, on our last night, we made the worst decision of our trip. To eat at ‘The Crab Pot’ at Pier 57.
Here is the video, from Man vs Food with Adam Richman. Before our trip, I read on Tripadvisor that many others have eaten there and walked away unsatisfied. You know the kind of place where heavy advertising and publicity leads to its downfall after?
Yes this is one of those places.
We wanted to eat at ‘The Pink Door’ again on our last night, and bring back memories of our 1st night in Seattle but it was full. I did not make reservations. This will teach me NOT TO BE SPONTANEOUS!!
It was a very cold, rainy night (typical in Seattle) and we thought, oh well, how bad could it be right? We were wrong.
When we reached, the restaurant was full. The service staff looked at us and probably thought ‘another dumb tourist who saw the video’…
We ordered ‘The Pacific Clambake’, excited with anticipation. And yes they really poured the seafood down on the table.
I tried a mussel and was horrifed that they were bad. I commented to the waitress for our table and she said ‘oh funny, 3 other tables said that too, I think the mussels are bad tonight’ and she took it away without any apology. I looked around and yes, other tables have also returned their mussels. She came back later with more of the same mussels. WHAT??!! WHY WOULD I WANT THE SAME ROTTEN MUSSELS?? I declined. And that mussel incident has unfortunately spoiled my whole dinner there. After that, whatever I tasted, made me feel like retching.
In the end, I drank 2 bottles of this and still felt nauseous.
Maybe it was an ‘off’ day for the kitchen but to bring me the same rotten mussels?? I have just read on Tripadvisor that they have vastly improved their food standards, which is good to hear. It is a typical tourist trap. Seattle has much better food than this and in retrospect, we could have bought the cooked seafood from Pike Place Market, a couple of beers, bread, clam chowder and have a feast in our hotel room.
We have since eaten much better seafood in Orlando in December last year. Will blog about that soon.