Hotel Albatross is a good move if your friends are generally fun people. And because we have faith in you and your friends, that means it’s a good move for pretty much anyone. It’s the kind of place you’d expect a ska band to either perform at or sing about, and they serve a tiki cocktail in a volcano bowl lit on fire. Everyone will be able to find something from the Mexican-Korean-Vietnamese-fusion menu, but you’ll want to consider the “Totcho Eruption,” which is six pounds of loaded tater tots, no regrets, and never looking at your friends the same way after you all destroy it.
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San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
Samara is an American restaurant in Ballard that specializes in grilled dishes and excellent baked goods.
Red Mill Totem House
Red Mill is where you go for a casual burger in Ballard. And onion rings. And milkshakes.
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La Cocina Oaxaqueña
La Cocina Oaxaceña is the reliable Mexican restaurant you need in your life.
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar
If you’re looking for Mexican food and a fun environment, Barrio in Capitol Hill is a great choice.
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There’s a lot of good Mexican in Seattle, but Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Capitol Hill also has an excellent rooftop.
Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern is a bar in South Lake Union with good food, boozy jello shots, and shuffleboard. It’s hard to have a bad night here.
Entering Brouwer’s is like stepping into a Medieval Times in Fremont, but with much better food and less jousting. Come for a birthday dinner.
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