Football season is here (go Hawks!), the chill of autumn is in the air and those chunky sweaters and Hunter boots have once again taken center stage in our closets—fall is in full swing in Seattle. And what better way to experience autumn, than with a hearty bowl of soup. Click through the gallery and get ready to satisfy your soup cravings at one of our favorite belly-warming spots.

Pike Place Chowder

Arguably one of the best tourist (and local) spots in Post Ally, Pike Place Chowder packs a taste punch. Boasting a variety of chowders from the staple New England Clam to the award-winning Seafood Bisque, the Pike Place location has eight different palate pleasing chowders to choose from. If seafood chowder doesn’t quite float your boat, try the vegan or Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder (choose this if you like it spicy). These free of fish alternatives are perfect for any picky eaters in your group.

Bonus: To make your experience authentic, opt to have your chowder served in a fresh-from-the-oven sourdough bread bowl. Having a hard time making a choice? Go for the Sampler, where you get to choose four different chowders served in perfectly sized 5-oz cups. Psst! Don't be intimidated by the sometimes lengthy lines spilling out the door, the payoff is worth the wait.

Good to Know: Tables are often packed and hard to score; and you are not allowed to save tables - you must wait until you have your food to snag one up. However, customers are aware of the long-standing table arrangement and vacate quickly once their chowder has been chowed-down. If you want to skip the tourist-y vibe, head to their second location in Pacific Place. Here, you will experience a wider menu selection that includes a mouthwatering po-boy sandwich and the always delicious fish tacos. You will also find a warm (inside) atmosphere and wallet-pleasing happy hour; complete with premium brews and chowder fries (seriously, a must try!).

Post Alley
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-267-2537
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Pacific Place Location
600 Pine St., 4th Floor
Seattle, Wa 98101
206-838-5680
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Online: pikeplacechowder.com

photo: Chris Y. via Yelp

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— Jenifer Castillo