Seattle >Food & Dining > Market-House Corned Beef
1124 Howell St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.616802 -122.330826
Mon. - Sat. 8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.; closed Sundays.
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
This is one of those places that only does a couple of things, but what they do, they do well! If you crave corned beef and pastrami like I do, then this place is for you! It's not fancy, everything is served to go, but you won't care, I promise!
Simple and Good – I have driven by this place for years and never took the time to try them out. I am so glad I decided to stop in and try out their Rueben.
Good quality meat with a homemade feel. The potatoe salad was fresh and the homemade cookie was a nice touch. I have been back 3 times and each time it has been a treat. I would recommend eating there instead of taking out, so your bread doesn't get to soggy, and watch out for the horseradish, it will bite!
Moist and Meaty Reuben that was perfect! No frills here...just a great sandwich! – I grew up in Seattle and have driven by this place for years, but it was never open at the time I passed by. That is until this past Saturday, as they are now open for sandwiches on the weekends. We stopped in as the curiousity over the years had built up and I needed to know if it was good. We parked, went in, and were greeted by the lone employee who was ready to serve.
The menu is limited to just a few sandwiches as the joint is USDA inspected so they can't have the other meats out on the weekend. No matter, we ordered the reuben and were able to watch as it was prepared. The sandwich is grilled and is served on a marbled rye with thousand island dressing as expected. Within a few minutes our sandwiches were delivered and they were beautiful. Mounds of corned beef piled with grilled kraut, severed with a pickle spear, potato salad, and a small cookie. Forget about the sides as they are just standard fare, as for the sandwich it was delicious! The meat was moist and tender with fantastic flavor. Ours had just the right amount of thousand island to combine with the juices from the kraut and meat to make this a pleasant mess of a sandwich. I am so pleased that I was finally able to get in and see what this place is all about and, when I am able, I will be coming back. I knew it had to have something going for it since it has been here for so many years.
As for the ambiance and dining area...do not expect this to be a fine dining establishment. This is a meat shop that make sandwiches on the side. At least that is how it appears to me. There are a few stools and window seats, but for the most part it looks like this place is geared up to sell the corned beef and pastrami that it prepares for restaurants and "buy the pound" for the public. In fact, part of the place even feels a bit dirty. Rest assured though, it is USDA inspected and it is still worth the stop for a sandwich to go if you get a chance.
Nothing particularly noteworthy – What is it about this town and pastrami? I've lived in Seatle for 16 years, and there have been several places over the years to get a great pastrami sandwich,The Catskill, Roxy's (on First) that place on Madison (Ajays or something like that). They never last. The Market-House is not such a place.
There are two types of real pastrami (made from the brisket -- don't even get me started about the stuff sold in the grocery store made from the round) One is lean and can be served cold. One is fattier and must be served hot so that the fat is rendered. This it the classic pastrami sandwich that anyone who has been to New York knows and is certainly what I expect at a place that makes its own pastrami. So I knew we were in trouble when they asked if I wanted my sandwich it hot or cold. Heck they might just have well have asked if I wanted mayonaise on it.
The sandwich I got at Market-Hose was pretty unremarkable. The meat was lean and dry and not particulary flavorful. The bread was a marbled rye that fell apart as I ate it. It seemed much more like dry white bread with food coloring, not a true dense, flavorful rye. Now I don't want 2 inches of meat on my sandwich like you will get a certain famous NY haunt, but I do expect a pretty substantial pile of meat. This sandwich had about 1/4 inch of meat which in my book is just barely passable, but certainly not something that could be called a large portion. This was not a horrible sandwich but it certainly does not pass for a 'great pastrami sandwich'.
So I keep looking. Roxy's Deli in Fremont sells fantastic pastrami (at least they did last year, I should get back there) but when I had a sandwich there it was so thin I just can't recommend it. But bring some home (1/3 pound per sandwich) fry it up in a skillet just enough to start that fat rendering and you will know what a pastrami sandwich can be.
Delicious! – My husband and I stopped for a quick bite to go. I had the Reuben and my husband had the Pastrami. My Reuben was mouthwatering. Piled high on grilled bread with Thousand Island dressing and sourkraut. The Pastrami was also good with some sinus clearing horseradish. We will definately be going back.
Best Corned Beef – This place has the best Corned Beef and Pastrami sandwiches. I eat there all the time. The customer service is pretty good. Try the coleslaw.
best reuben in town – this is the best reuben in seattle, hands down! i'm glad they started serving sandwhiches for lunch or i never would've known about this place. i can't comment on the pastrami because it's not my thing...but if you want a good reuben, this is the place.
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