For a taste of old England, don't miss The Crumpet Shop (1503 1st Ave., 206/682-1598, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., closed Thurs., $5) in the Sanitary Market building, where you can get delicious fresh crumpets and a steaming pot of tea. Don’t miss the fluffy scones, either. They’ll make you forever swear off those lumpy rocks most coffee shops masquerade as scones these days.
Some hungers, though, just can’t be satisfied with scones and crumpets alone. If you’re looking for something a little more substantial stop in for a piping hot meat pastry at Piroshky Piroshky (1908 Pike Pl., 206/441-6068, www.piroshkybakery.com, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily in summer, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. daily in fall–spring, $5). This is a long-time personal favorite, a little food stand with just a table or two in front of its displays packed full with its namesake pastry, an Eastern European pocket of cheeses, veggies, meats, and delicious spices.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition