Inside a room with logs of firewood stacked on shelves and a chain-link fence dangling from the ceiling is some of Seattle’s best barbecue. Bitterroot is perfect for when you need some smoked brisket in your mouth but maybe you’re on a date, and want to keep things a bit more upscale and don’t feel like sharing a paper towel-lined picnic table with a family and their screaming children. Always start with the jalapeño hushpuppies (covered with mustard sauce), get the hot links, and note that the mac and cheese serves six humans as a side dish, or one masochist as an entree.
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Pestle Rock is a casual Thai spot in Ballard serving stuff you won’t find anywhere else in town. Come when you want something other than pad Thai.
Hotel Albatross in Ballard is the ultimate birthday spot - the kind of place that serves drinks out of fruit. The Mexican-Asian fusion is good too.
The Walrus And The Carpenter
There are a lot of oysters in Seattle, and Walrus And The Carpenter has some of the very best. Hit the Ballard spot for excellent seafood and drinks.
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Central Smoke is a spot in the Central District that serves Asian-inspired barbecue and great cocktails.
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Junebaby is the first restaurant in Seattle to serve upscale Southern food - the good news is that it delivers.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
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