The Crumpet Shop (near Pike Place Market)
1503 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-1523
Taste Pike Place Food Tour with Seattle Food Tours
This was my first crumpet (it's covered in honey), and it was delicious. I'd only heard about crumpets through one or two food blogs and The Great Mouse Detective, an animated movie in which a little British girl (mouse?) gave a dog some crumpets that he'd eat in one lick. If you aren't familiar with crumpets, they're like whole (i.e., not cut in half) English muffins with holes and a consistency more similar to a pancake than to bread. Supposedly these are only made of four ingredients (it tasted kinda like butter, but there wasn't any in this one): flour, water, yeast, and salt. Excellent. I like simple recipes. I really want to make crumpets someday.
The tour guide said, based on his internet searching, that this place is the only one in the U.S. that makes and serves its own crumpets. Interesting.
This scone sign below confused my mom and me. We couldn't decide if the scones were
(a) not made with buttermilk (and therefore, presumably, with CREAM--the best)
(b) not dry but still made with buttermilk (good but not traditional/the real deal)
We found out that it is made with buttermilk...so we walked out. haha! Not that scones can't be good when they're made without cream...we were just really excited to find a cream-made scone, and then when we saw the not-so-great-looking scones, we were totally turned off and disappointed.