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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Samara is an American restaurant in Ballard that specializes in grilled dishes and excellent baked goods.
Stoneburner is an Italian-American spot in Ballard with great Neapolitan pizza and not-so-great pasta.
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.
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Redhook Brewlab is a taproom in Capitol Hill with American bar food and wood-fired pizzas.
Michou is an excellent deli Downtown at Pike Place Market that serves pressed sandwiches.
Lot No. 3
Lot No. 3 is a fun gastropub in Bellevue with whiskey cocktails and classy bar snacks.
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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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