I've been debating whether to write this one up because every time I tell anyone about this place I think I'll have a harder time getting a table. But I am such a fan I can't help myself.
My favorite spot in Pike's Place Market is Matt's in the Market. It's a small, out of the way place that has great food, an excellent wine list, and a fantastic atmosphere.
Located on the second floor on the South end of the "sanitary market" building Matt's seats maybe 24 people between it's 5 tables and counter. If you go sit at the counter. You can't look out the window at the Market and Sound, but you get to watch them work the kitchen and chat freely with the staff. If you're like me you'll be blown away that they can turn out the quality and quantity they do using only 2 portable propane burners and an oven.
The food has a bit of a Southern feel, and includes fresh stuff from the Market. There's always a fish dish and some type of fowl. The past few times I've gone in for dinner there's been a great pork dish.
At lunch they have a regular menu that consists of 4 sandwiches (I recommend the catfish), 2 salads, and 2 soups (gumbo and a soup of the day). They have a daily special sheet that includes a couple entrees. Sandwiches are $10 each and come with soup or salad. Specials range from $10-14.
Dinner brings a different menu, still limited to about half dozen dishes. Plus soup and salad.
Matt likes to experiment, and his dishes are always unique and flavorful. And well balanced. Add that his wine list is nearly always perfectly pairs and you get a great meal.
And don't forget dessert. If bread pudding is on the menu, order it. Same goes for the pot de cream....or anything else for that matter.
Reservations are required, even for lunch. So plan ahead, call ahead, then go enjoy.