Essex is from the same team behind Delancey, one of our favorite spots for charred pizzas, and we love their burger, because it’s proof that if you cook a mound of beef like you would a pizza, it’s going to be great. It’s seared in a wood-fired oven as if it were a Neapolitan pie. The result is outrageously good, especially topped with two secret sauces: an orange one that tastes like pepperoni, and a white one that tastes like caesar salad dressing. Pair it with one of their delicious cocktails and gaze into the eyes of your date - if you can (it’s pretty dark in there).
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Ballard is known for its breweries, but there’s plenty to drink here in addition to beer. Here are the best bars in the area.
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No Bones Beach Club
No Bones Beach Club is a tiki bar in Ballard with excellent vegan takes on beachside food.
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Volunteer Park Cafe
Volunteer Park Cafe is a go-to morning spot in Capitol Hill, but the secret is to hit it for dinner.
Bite Box is a coffee shop and cafe in Queen Anne that serves breakfast and lunch, including a terrific burger.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer/Ma’ono Fried Chicken
Rachel’s Ginger Beer in the University District serves housemade sodas, as well as fried chicken from Ma’ono.
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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.
The sister bar to Walrus & The Carpenter, Barnacle is one of the coolest places in Ballard to have a cocktail. There are some small plates, too.
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