Ivar’s Acres of Clams

Seafood in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Ivar Haglund was a beloved local character famous for silly promotional slogans (‘Keep clam!’), but he sure knew how to fry up fish-and-chips. Ivar’s is a Seattle institution that started in 1938, and its founder still stands sentinel at the door (albeit as a statue).

Forgo the dining room for the outdoor lunch counter; the chaotic ordering system involves a lot of yelling, but it seems to work, and then you can enjoy your clam strips or fish-and-chips outdoors on the pier. The tradition at Ivar's is to feed chips to the seagulls, who'll swoop down and take them out of your hand.