'The Crumpet Shop' on Serious Eats

The Crumpet Shop at Pike Place Market, Seattle

[Photographs: Erin Zimmer] The Crumpet Shop 1503 1st Avenue, Seattle WA 98101 (b/n Pike and Pine Street; map); 206-682-1598 How often do you eat crumpets? Probably not enough. This is something you realize at The Crumpet Shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Slightly richer-tasting and puffier than English muffins, these edible sponges soak up honey, blackberry preserves, thick pats of butter, or whatever else you decide to slather on top. Crumpetification. The shop—covered in Alice in Wonderland tea party murals and signs announcing free tea refills—first opened 34 years ago by Gary Lasater and Nancy McFaul, a husband-and-wife team who aren't actually British, just pro-crumpet Americans. The namesake starch remains the star here, as proven by the smiley Crumpet... More

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