the pink door (seattle, wa)

Last month, I flew out to Seattle, Washington and met my mom there for a “mom and me” weekend, and for some special one-on-one time together.  In my 32 years of being, I’ve never done anything like that with just me and her.  We’ve always had other people around like my sister (no offense, Linda!), and then more recently people like my husband, my stepdad, or my nephews with us whenever we go somewhere or whenever I go out to California to visit.  So I “borrowed” my friend’s idea of going on an annual vacation with just her mom and I’m so glad my mom was up for it too.

I know, you’re probably wondering, “Why Seattle in March?” knowing that it would be cloudy, overcast, and potentially rainy.  I looked into Sedona, Arizona at a spa resort but it was quite pricy.  We went to New York City last year for mother’s day weekend so that was ruled out.  We considered Las Vegas but both of us have been there so many times.  I didn’t really want her to fly all the way down to Florida.  And we didn’t have that much time to do something like the Caribbean or Cancun (although perhaps next year with enough advanced planning … hmmm …).  So she picked Seattle since she had never been there before and I like the city so much that I didn’t mind going back for a second visit (we went there for part of our honeymoon).

One restaurant that my friend suggested we try was The Pink Door.  After making a stop at the Nordstrom Rack during our first night there – and with a bag full of shoe purchases – we sought it out in Post Alley and kind of stumbled upon it.  The door wasn’t really as pink as I thought it would be, but a man standing outside the restaurant assured us that it was the right place so we walked in.

And boy, it was totally different inside!  The decor and dim lighting reminds me of the Beehive in Boston.  The Pink Door is an Italian-American and cabaret restaurant with free live entertainment.  We were lucky to score a table for two down in the bar section without having to wait, and there was a pretty spectacular trapeze show that night.

We were starving by the time we got there, so we ordered their roasted garlic appetizer right away.  It’s served as two whole bulbs with a big scoop of ricotta-Gorgonzola cheese spread and delicious bread.  It was quite yummy and disappeared pretty quickly.

Mom is a sucker for any Cioppino dish whenever we go to a seafood or Italian restaurant, so she had to try their version of it.  It was full of prawns, mussels, clams, and calamari in a spicy tomato and white wine broth and she said it was absolutely delicious.

Just as much as she is predictable with the Cioppino, I usually opt for the linguine alle Vongole (linguine with clams) dish.  [That’s generally tied with lobster ravioli, just an fyi …]  This dish was full of fresh baby clams, pancetta, garlic, and cooked in a white wine sauce.  It was quite excellent.  And yes, we were part of the “clean plate club” afterward.

We split the profiteroles for dessert and they were so good!  They were filled with a really light cream and the chocolate sauce was nice and rich.  Thank goodness we ended up walking everywhere in Seattle during the trip because we certainly ate our share and needed the exercise!

So the next time you’re in Seattle, look for Post Alley and The Pink Door.  A fun atmosphere and a menu full of dishes for everyone.  Maybe you’ll get to see the trapeze act too.

The Pink Door
1919 Post Alley
Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101


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