More outdoor! Our newest spot to dine in the sunshine is The Mar·ket | fishmonger & eatery!
Grand opening is set for Wednesday, June 13, but Restaurant News managed to get downtown to sample some fresh fare ahead of time. Chef de Cuisine at The Mar·ket Hans Korompis invited me to preview a few dishes and I’m grateful — here is my review.
Seafood tacos plated up on serviceable metal trays began my session. Two works of art — that is how I’d describe the pair of soft corn rounds piled with lightly grilled rockfish, shredded napa cabbage, Mar·ket green sauce, sweet chunks of mango in a salsa, queso fresco — all drizzled with nam jim pak chee (Thai cilantro sauce).
Next up were two seafood soups:
Seafood stew includes roasted tomato and red pepper, and a seafood medley of rockfish, accompanied by bits of tuna, salmon and hamachi. Cubes of potato add body to the hearty soup. Topped with a dollop of sour cream and tiny sprinkles of chive, it’s pretty as a picture and delicious.
Chowder starring fresh clams and mussels is to die for. Creamy pleasant flavors dwell on the pallet, seafood is tender, and a drizzle of brown butter finishes each spoonful with a nutty taste. It’s amazing. I believe I may have tasted next year’s Chowder Cook-off winner, should they choose to enter.
Salmon bagel is a great breakfast choice, and tops any of the New York deli offerings. Cream cheese loaded with fresh dill, thick slices of red onion, capers and tiny chive bits top off house-cured salmon gravlax. All tucked inside a toasted multi grain/seed bagel.
Lobster rolls: During travels to Maine a few years back, we binged on offerings of lobster in every dish imaginable. I swear — a Lobster Shack every 3 feet at least. Mar·ket offers flavors of fresh tender lobster; they receive them whole, so half of the meat is in traditional mayo and sweet pickle mix, but the tasty bits — whole claw meat, for example — are browned in butter. Sauced par excellence, this combination held between two folds of a crusty ciabatta roll. IMHO an improvement on Maine’s version; no need for the hassle of a nine hour flight to the East coast.
The Mar·ket is the fourth endeavor from the team that is Feedme Hospitality (Shubert and Mira Ho and Andrew and Ciara Leckie are co-owners). It joins successful venues Salt & Iron, Bar Dojo and Shooby Doo Catering — all here in Edmonds.
It brings back memories of San Diego vacations and a little seafood and sushi place just across the street in Mission Beach — “I want that piece of fish, and grill it please.” How cool to have that experience, right here in Edmonds. Customers at Mar·ket can have their fish selection cooked on-site for take-home dining or better yet, a picnic down on the beach..
The Mar·ket offers all variety of fresh seafood. The shelves are filled with great selection of import items from Spain, Italy and beyond. Tins of mussels, octopus and other delicacies join nut oils from Paris, rice for perfect sushi or paella, polenta, and many other staples needed for the kitchen of serious cooks
Cold cases stock beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages; and packaged seasonal soups, salads and sushi bowls. Freezers hold premium frozen seafood, prepared sous vide dinners, gelato, mochi and frozen desserts, Wow! Eat, drink and shop all in one spot. One can even go home in a Mar·ket logo T-shirt and hat.
There’s a small indoor seating area, sidewalk seating and orders available to go from a takeout window.
The restaurant is located at 508 Main Street, near the landmark Edmonds Fountain, and will be open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily (opening at 9 a.m. on Saturdays during the Edmonds Farmers Market season).
Warm weather calls for salads! Crisp crunchy greens — fresh picked from the garden or the stall at our local farmer’s market, thick slices of Heirloom tomatoes and cucumber, all tossed with tangy vinaigrette or creamy Caesar. Whether it ‘s the beginner course or the main attraction, a great salad is worth note. Here are some I’d like to share, grouped in categories, because it is impossible to pick just one.
Simple, elegant — the starter salad sets the tone for the rest of the meal, a first impression if you will. Here are top picks on small dish salads that make great impressions-
Epulo– Little Gem salad’s crispy prosciutto, pangrattato, grana padano, with shallot dressing is great beginning to any meal.
Evviva Pizza’s simple and elegant house salad made of organic greens is super fresh.
Salt and Iron – (I hope to see this offered again this year) Watermelon salad combines sweet refreshing summer fruit with zingy dairy, atop crunchy greens.
Treat Dad to a salad next Sunday. Real men DO eat salads when the greens are joined with savory ingredients and a dash of protein; it’s a main dish meal.
The Loft has a carpaccio salad — a tasty Italian twist and certainly refreshing on a hot day.
Chanterelle’s crab avocado is a refreshing change from a sandwich for lunch.
Dumpling Generation serves up “Colorful Salad” — that’s how the menu describes it and it is indeed a riot of colorful fresh veggies and spicy ground pork.
Try a cobb salad for dinner tonight at Rory’s or at the Cheesemonger’s Table. Ahi tuna salad at 190 Sunset is amazing — very tender and very tasty. Dine out with Dad on the respective patios. All offer salads that satisfy a man-sized appetite.
Caesars- Two spots score on the elegant simplicity of romaine and croutons, anointed with tangy rich, creamy anchovy dressing. Bucatini and Evviva vie for the top honor on my list — which one will be your favorite?
Unique and unusual would describe a salad on menu at Casa Oaxaca. Tlayuda is considered a representative iconic dish of Oaxaca, try it out, with a side of Poquitos’ chapulines (toasted grasshoppers) — it’s like a trip into Mexico’s interior.
My Edmonds News team member Kathy Hashbarger, a salad lover, chimed in with her favorite salads on menu in Edmonds eateries:
And….drum roll …Cafe Louvre is going to put a tabbouleh salad on their summer menu.
Readers, rack up those healthy points. Get your greens on, and eat that veggie fare on restaurant patios, at curbside tables, on a blanket at the beach, or anywhere you can park a picnic of goodness this season.
Looking for a spot to grab some rays whilst you dine? I offer a list here:
-A Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill
-American Brewing Co.
-Anthony’s Beach Café
-Anthony’s Home Port
-Bridgid’s Bottle Shop
-Demitri’s Woodstond Taverna
-Five Restaurant | Bistro
-Here n There Grill- 5th and Dayton only
-PCC Natural Markets – Edmonds
-Portofino Pizza and Pasta
-Rory’s of Edmonds Bar & Grill
-Romeo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
-Salish Sea Brewing
-Salt & Iron
-Scott’s Bar & Grill
-Spud Fish and Chips
-Starbucks- all locations have outdoor seating
-The Hook-Seafood and Steak
-The Loft and Courtyard
-Top Pot Café
-Waterfront Coffee Company
If I’ve missed your favorite spot, please share in comments section below.
— Kathy Passage
A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.