Seatown Snack Bar sneaks into town

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Counter at Seatown Snack Bar.JPG

It's perhaps the most visible corner in Seattle, at the north end of the Market where Pike Place meets Virginia, and for years it was nothing more than a furniture outlet. Before the condo building, though, it had a noble history: Bavarian Meats was in that space; if memory serves, so was Starbucks. Now it's being given a new lease (heh-heh) on life as Seatown Snack Bar, the latest spawn of the expanding Tom Douglas empire. (It's also just across Western from Victor Steinbrueck park, where Douglas launches his Salmon-Chanted Evening barbecues this Saturday.)

Crab w avocado.JPGWith nary a flourish or drumroll, Seatown opened this week with a menu of sandwiches ($12 to $15), smoked seafood on buckwheat blini ($9 or $10), "Seatown Platters" (ribs, chicken, veggies, $18), and an assortment of crab concoctions, all designed to please locals looking for a sidewalk spot where they can plop down and watch the wandering tourists. If there's no room outside, you can make do just as well with lunch-counter seating indoors, or a cluster of high tables. There's also a takeout next door, if you're in a hurry to get home.

The kitchen's still in the throes of figuring things out, but I have high hopes for the "Wild Thing" plate of Dungeness crab, avocado and tobiko ($15), once they reconcile the name with the timid execution.

Prosser Pump, Lemondrop.JPGThe best cocktail is called Prosser Pump, a libation of locally sourced ingredients (Dry Fly vodka from Spokane and Tuscan melon from Douglas's own farm in Prosser) with a rim of exotic aleppo pepper.

The menu credits Heath Ceramics of Sausalito, Calif., for the tableware. Can we see what's coming next? A salute to the Auto Chlor tech who services the dishwasher? (But, hey, that's just Cornichon being a dick.)

If anyone in town can bring this off, it's Tom Douglas. Here's hoping he doesn't dumb Seatown down for the tourists; the rest of us want to eat here, too!

Seatown Snack Bar, 2010 Western Ave., Seattle, 206-436-0390  Seatown Snack Bar on Urbanspoon

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if i remember correctly, prior to the furniture store this space was the Hagen Daz ice cream store and was operated/managed by Jan Drago.

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