You don’t wanna eat here…

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’…


Somehow I dont like menus in plastic folders – they are often grimy and sticky…

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.

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  1. I am from Seattle but have never eaten there because I don’t like seafood. I am more of an Italian food eater. Lame. Oh well at least I didn’t have bad muscles. Uh mussels.

    1. True! They were horrible and what is the sense of bringing me more of the same!
      I love Pink Door!

      1. I barely ever go downtown. That is for foodies and travelies. I think the last time I was there was for PAX 2010? Yeah, we’re lame.

        1. Hey next time we are in Seattle again, I can ask you for advice on what locals eat – i am sure the food is better than what the guidebooks recommend!

          1. I’m probably the wrong person to ask about where to eat in Seattle. I would recommend Red Robin and McDonalds as that is the only places I go. Kids love the Mcd’s.

          2. Mcd’s great!! i love Mac.

          3. Then we have a decent one nearby. They even just got a recent remodel! You will love them.

          4. Yes we love junk food – just so fulfilling. Then we have to work out double after… which is a bummer.

          5. I have a lot of making up on working out then. I think I’m about …20 years behind.

          6. Haha, you are funny.

  2. We don’t read these recommendation any more, and seek restaurants Intuitively.

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