Bavarian Meats

1920 Pike Place

Bavarian Meats sign, Pike Place Market, August 21, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Bavarian Meats entrance, Pike Place Market, August 21, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Meats display, Bavarian Meats, Pike Place Market, August 21, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Menu sign, Bavarian Meats, Pike Place Market, August 21, 2019, HistoryLink photo by David Koch
Baravian Meats (old location), Seattle, June 21, 1973, Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives (32849)

This meat-lover’s mecca was founded by Max Hofstatter, who had the foresight to pack family recipes with him when traveling from Munich in 1933. He founded Bavarian Meats in 1961 on Western Avenue where today stands the Pike Place Market Garage, a space that housed wholesale production at the back with a retail storefront. His timing proved ideal, with the 1962 World’s Fair soon to open in Seattle and many of its nearly 10 million attendees making their way to the Market. Fairgoers who sampled his signature German wieners became fans and some turned into regular customers, setting in motion a three-generation legacy now run by Hofstatter’s twin granddaughters, Lynn and Lyla.

An obligatory move put Bavarian Meats here in the thick of the Market, at its current location since 1976. The shop originally occupied just the back portion, with its vast case of hand-crafted meats — sausages of all types, bacon, landjaeger, smoked pork loin among them — that draw people from far and wide. The street-side portion of the space was added in 2013, making possible the addition of hot foods to enjoy on the spot, including an often-overlooked option for a Market breakfast. “The Usual” offers eggs, potatoes, and not bacon or sausage, but both.

Walk through the store, checking out the meat case and the specialty goods, to its back door and into the interior shop area. Note that there are public restrooms to your left, before your next stop.

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