Percy’s & Co. feels like that one friend you have who’s a little too much into LARP-ing successfully renovated a vintage brick building to look like an old-timey apothecary. There are plants sprouting out of test tubes secured by clamps, old tchotchkes you’d find on a deteriorating sunken ship, and cocktails that sound like chemistry experiments and have ingredients like sage-infused bourbon and benedictine. Hang out on the back covered patio, order anything off of the Southern-style menu (get the cajun popcorn), and hope that that same friend doesn’t bring up the renaissance fair again.
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Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Red Mill Totem House
Red Mill is where you go for a casual burger in Ballard. And onion rings. And milkshakes.
Bastille Café & Bar
Bastille is a French spot in Ballard that’s romantic enough for a date, but also works for a solo meal at the bar or group dinner.
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Bellevue Brewing Company
Bellevue Brewing Company is a pretty standard taphouse in Bellevue with American pub food and homemade beer.
You’ve probably walked by Shelter Lounge in Green Lake, but haven’t actually gone in. You should. It’s a great spot for day drinking or a casual date.
Republic is a restaurant in South Lake Union that serves American food that ranges from burgers to risotto.
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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.
Ballard Pizza Co.
Ballard Pizza Company has some of the best New York Pizza in town, and it’s a great spot for a big group hang or casual weeknight meal.
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