Seattle is well known for Starbucks, Boeing and Microsoft, but it also lays claim to some of the best seafood – as well as some of the most amazing bakeries – right here in the Pacific Northwest. Combine those two ingredients and you’ll see why Seattle is at the top of its game when it comes to bread bowls. Whether it’s clam chowder, seafood stew or a long list of soups made with local, sustainable ingredients, you’ll find plenty to like when it comes to digging into these bread bowls.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pike Place is synonymous with seafood, so there’s no better place to get your New England chowder in a bread bowl than Pike Place Chowder. Winner of the Newport Rhode Island cook-off three years in a row, this Hall of Fame Chowder is set in the perfect location to relax after a day of shopping at the Pacific Center Mall. Sit back in the open seating area and enjoy your bread bowl amongst one of the best settings for people watching in downtown.
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11a.m. to 10 p.m.
With a name like Salmon Cooker there’s no doubt what you’ll be enjoying in this sourdough bread bowl. With its tomato base, this seafood stew is a perfect complement to the bread bowl. The Salmon Cooker also throws in some hearty sausage along with the salmon to round out the meal. If you think the bread couldn’t get much fresher – you’re right. Salmon Cooker uses sourdough baked fresh daily from Alaska Sourdough Bakery, a neighbor on the Pier.
Hours: Daily – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You’ve got to love the name. Better yet, you’re going to love the long list of soups (eight soups daily) which accompany the bread bowls. Once located in the Pioneer Square district, Soup Daddy Soups has recently moved to the South Lake Union Neighborhood. Now serving the myriad of workers from Amazon, Seattle Times and other local businesses that have sprouted up in the area, the bread bowls at Soup Daddy Soups are a sure bet to satiate your lunchtime cravings.
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Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Variety is the name of the game at Soups On. You might want to study a menu before stopping in at this eatery nestled in the urban core of the city. If you’re counting, Soups On offers 60 different ways for you to enjoy your bread bowl. Fortunately, this eatery makes it a little easier for the indecisive – or mathematically impaired – and pares back the offerings to about a dozen top choices a day.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Here’s a secret for you: if you find yourself at Pike Place Market stop by Three Girls Bakery and order the vegetarian black bean soup in the sourdough bread bowl. Word on the street is that this is one of the bakery’s best sellers. But don’t worry, if you want carne with your bowl Three Girls Bakery is more than willing to offer up any of their daily soups for take-away or dine-in. Lucky you.
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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.