The Pink Door

by Emily on February 21, 2012

Usually you don’t get Emily & pink in the same sentence but you read it correctly, I finally got to experience The Pink Door!  Probably the last person in Seattle to go and by the lines that filled the stairwell, I can see why this is a favorite of many.

The Pink Door has a wonderful, long history.  Founder Jacquelina traveled and worked extensively as a chef before she opened the famous Pink Door in Post Alley, near Pike Place Market in Seattle in 1981.  Jackie’s goal is to take the experience beyond the mouth-watering, ohhh & ahhh of the food to the entire dining experience.  Unlike some restaurants with live entertainment, The Pink Door has an exceptionally varied and unique line-up of trapeze artists hanging over the high ceilings of the dining room, to jazz artists gracing the stage in the Lounge, to the Saturday night Cabaret special.  They are also very well known for the very large patio which overlooks Elliott Bay, especially crowded on a sunny Seattle day.Now let’s talk about food.  O-h M-y goodness was it delicious!  We arrived early, on a weeknight and lucked out by ordering a couple items off the Happy Hour menu.  We had the Shrimp Speidini and the famous Tapanada which was out of this world-good!  I go a bit hit & miss on tapanade….but this I couldn’t stop eating even though I knew I had an entire meal arriving shortly.  For my main course, I ordered the Linguine Alle Vongole which was again just what I could have dreamed the clam pasta dish to be.  They put a hint peperoncini in the white wine sauce that made it have just enough spice that I’m always looking for.  Local farms are used as much as possible to keep the menu fresh, local and full of family recipes.

I would highly recommend making this a special stop on a Seattle visit or date night in the city!  It is unique, delicious and the service was top-notch and especially quick when Sid lit the bread bowl paper lining on fire when I was in the loo.  (Luckily they said that happens more than one thinks, not that we weren’t green in date night etiquette!)

The Pink Door is located at 1919 Post Alley, between Stewart & Virginia Streets and between First Avenue & Pike Place on a very lovely, little street called Post Alley.  Just look for the pink door right across from Kell’s.  You can make a reservation right on their website-do it!

Happy Dining!

image via Virtual Tourist and Wikipedia

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