A trip to Seattle isn’t complete without the obligatory visit to Pike’s Place Market. It’s a cliché, yes, but it is an experience unique to the city and therefore a requisite stop. In conversations about Pike’s Place Market, one establishment consistently gets mentioned – Piroshky, Piroshky. As a simple explanation, a piroshky is a Russian bun baked and filled with sweet or savory filling. Pike’s Piroshky, Piroshky is a crowded little bakery nestled among the flower stalls and fish throwers. (Don’t you fucking scroll past that picture without drinking in those sexy mom capri pants.)Established in the early 1990’s, this place is so legit the instructions behind the counter are still in Russian. Anthony Bourdain even featured the little family-run joint on No Reservations.I tried a savory bun – onion, cheese, and potato. It reminded me of a stuffed pretzel with distinct Russian flare. I also ordered a sweet rhubarb and enjoyed it very much until I stumbled upon a short dark hair. Total food boner killer. Are the Slavic buns tasty? Sure. If you have never had one, by all means endure the line and try one. Are they worthy of all the hyperbolic praise? Truthfully, not really. First, for $5 a bun, I prefer my snack follicle-free. Secondly, the middle got mushy and greasy. Just an off day for the popular dive or is Piroshky, Piroshky really just an overrated bite of hype?
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