If any Seattle restaurant could feasibly be renamed, “Get In Here To Escape The Stupid Rain And Feel Warm And Good And Eat Some Unpretentious French Things,” it would be Joli. Of course, that’s a terrible restaurant name, and luckily, this is the opposite of a terrible restaurant. The Ballard space is really nice, with candles, big wooden booths, and paintings of snow-capped mountains on the walls. It’s a great spot for Happy Hour - order wine and some deviled eggs - or a full dinner, if you like things like ricotta cavatelli with braised rabbit, or burgers with gruyere on homemade buns. We certainly do.
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Ballard Pizza Co.
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