Another highlight from our Seattle trip was dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the waterfront. As touristy or hokey as it seemed, we decided to try it out because our duck tour guide highly recommended it and they just recently celebrated their 100th anniversary, so they’ve got to be doing something right, right?
The restaurant is a lot bigger than it seems from the outside, and it has a whole side dedicated to seaside views. We sat toward the back of the restaurant and were happy to see that it was pretty busy that night.
We had a late lunch that day so we weren’t starving, so we both ended up ordering a couple of the appetizer items to form a meal. Mom had a bowl of salmon chowder with their roasted beet salad. I tried a tiny sip of the salmon chowder and it was absolutely amazing! So much flavor and so rich. She kept raving about the salad which was made with baby mizuna, apple vinaigrette, Gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts.
I had a Caesar salad and their smoked weathervane scallops appetizer which was hands down, my favorite dish during the whole trip. They were served on top of sweet and savory crisps with house-smoked bacon, local frisee lettuce, and a vanilla bean vinaigrette. I could’ve eaten three plates of this stuff, it was so yummy! The flavor of the smoked scallops is something I’ve never tasted before, and all the textures and flavors blended together so perfectly. Wow, I am just salivating thinking about how good this dish was.
So the next time you’re in Seattle and you’re looking for a place that serves delicious fresh seafood, check out Ivar’s on the waterfront. And maybe bring me back a doggy bag of the smoked scallops.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams
Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way