181(Editor’s note: the Phinney Market is CLOSED. However, the Phinney Market Pub and Eatery, same location and owners, is due to open August 2011. Check their site for updates.) The Phinney Market embodies Seattle–it’s independent and quirky, but also sophisticated, with European influences. At the Phinney Ridge-based epicerie, you can pick up necessities like bread, cheese, fruits and veggies plus playful finds like colorful sand pails and shovels. And–the best part–on certain days, you can stay for dinner and wine (or brunch and mimosas) after shopping.

The market offers dinner service on Fridays and a delish brunch on Sundays. On a recent Friday, the weekly dinner entree choice was pan-seared halibut with roasted corn polenta cake, fava beans and fiddlehead ferns ($15.99). Brunch was an egg scramble of vintage gouda, Peppadew peppers, roasted yams, asparagus, shallots and fresh herbs, accompanied by a Marionberry mimosa ($9.99). The chef can make plain scrambled eggs for kids or a simple grilled cheese or PB&J too.

Before an upcoming ZooTunes concert, grab one of the market’s Zoo Dinners ($6-$12) for yourself and the kids. It’s pre-boxed and includes a sandwich, salad, fruit, dessert and drink. Obviously, this market-cum-restaurant formula is working; they have plans to open another outpost in the Tangletown area in July. Stop in for, well, cool stuff.

Phinney Market
5918 Phinney Ave. N
At N 60th St., on Phinney Ridge