Your first dinner at Matt's is like a first date you hope will never end. One of the most beloved of Pike Place Market's restaurants, Matt's is now owned by Dan Bugge, who continues to value intimate dining, fresh ingredients, and superb service. An expansion nearly doubled the number of seats, and some tables are now held for walk-ins. You can perch at the bar for pints and a delicious pulled pork or hot grilled-tuna sandwich or a cup of gumbo, or be seated at a table—complete
with vases filled with flowers from the market—for a seasonal menu that synthesizes the best picks from the restaurant's produce vendors and an excellent wine list. Dinner entrées always include at least one catch of the day—perhaps a whole fish in saffron broth or Alaskan halibut with pea vines. Looking for the original Matt, former owner Matt Janke? He's pleasing diners at his new joint, Lecosho, a few blocks down at 89 University St.