Few years ago I was not a big fan of SEAFOOD….however over the years my taste changed a lot (I became a big girl) and I started slowly to venture out to the wonderful world of fresh seafood….
…I blame my husband…..the biggest seafood lover I know for this transformation or should I say his constant nagging…
First, he made sure our boys crossed over to his side and then he slowly worked on me….and I think he tried to change me for his own selfish reasons….the luck of SEAFOOD on our dinner menu and my hesitation of visiting Seafood restaurants with him.
Things changed and now I enjoy trying new seafood restaurants on our travels….now don’t get crazy thinking that I seek out these seafood only establishments…,but I will join my family on their quest and give in here and there.
On our recent trip to Seattle….the seafood mecca of NorthWest…..I just had to go (all my friends made me promise I would) to check out IVAR’S ACRES OF CLAMS.
Ivar’s Acres Of Clam restaurant is a Seattle institution since 1938 and it’s located on Pier 54.
After being seated at a large window overlooking the ocean I was pleasantly surprised with the selection of non-seafood dishes.
However, I promised to try Ivar’s seafood dishes and that is exactly what we did….
Let me tell you…..I was not disappointed…..every single dish that arrived at our table didn’t luck on presentation….taste or freshness.
Hubby and I decided to try Oven Baked Fresh Oysters Rockefeller with a fresh mix of spinach, sautéed bacon, shallots, sweet cream and Sambuca liqueur….out of this world, people.
Then I moved onto Poached Pear and Blood Orange Baby Green Salad with Vanilla bean vinaigrette and toasted pecans.
Since we were inside Ivar’s Acres Of Clams we just had to try their famous Acres of Clams - One pound of tender local Manila clams simmered with baby Yukon potatoes in a garlic-white wine and butter sauce. The four of us had no problem sharing it…..and again….no disappointment there….delicious….fresh….melt in your mouth….perfectly done.
For the main course (yes, we were not done yet) hubby decided to go for Seafood Fettuccine – sautéed white prawns, scallops, mussels, roasted cauliflower and carrots in a lobster cream sauce…..they way he was eating you would think he was having an affair with his dish….according to him he slowly enjoyed every little bite….every little taste of seafood covered in decadent cream sauce….he didn’t wanted to end.
I really wanted to try their Butternut Squash Ravioli, but since I promised nothing, but seafood and I was getting little full I ordered Seared Dungeness Crab Cakes.
I was in heaven….my crab Caked were cooked to golden brown perfection and served with stone ground mustard aioli and balsamic and basil marinated tomatoes. I can still taste it….the acid of balsamic vinegar with the sweetness of tomatoes….the perfect crunch and texture of the crab cakes…..symphony in my mouth.
Trevor the Hormone Boy and a huge lover of everything Chowder ordered Ivar’s Famous Clam Chowder Bread Bowl. I am so glad I had a spoonful when they brought it to the table cause after that I blinked and the Chowder and the Bread Bowl were gone…..that’s growing teenager for you…he did give it two thumbs up.
I think Sam had enough of seafood from sharing with us so he just ordered Atlantic Bandit (sounds better then Grilled Cheese Sandwich) from kids menu.
After all that you would think we skipped the dessert….no way…..not my clan….
What was for dessert you ask…..Brandied Apple Crisp – brandy baked apples with a streusel topping and salted caramel ice cream for the teenager.
Sam and I split Baked Cinnamon Bread Pudding- Whiskey crème Anglaise, chantilly cream and almond cookie….the perfect ending to a perfect meal…..and I was ready to be rolled out to the sidewalk….
The moral of the story is….when you find yourself in Seattle take time to venture out to Pier 54 and visit Ivar’s Acres Of Clam….try everything you possibly can….you won’t be disappointed.
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