Red Mill is not where to go to get a half-pound bison burger with gruyere on an artisan brioche bun with pomme frites. It’s where to go to get a diner-style burger, a paper sack full of the best onion rings in Seattle, and a serious milkshake like s’mores or truffle mint. You’re not coming here for the ambience - you’re coming here to spread out at a picnic table while blissfully unaware of how many calories you’re consuming. This competes on the Lil’ Woody’s level for best casual burger in Seattle.
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Pestle Rock is a casual Thai spot in Ballard serving stuff you won’t find anywhere else in town. Come when you want something other than pad Thai.
Percy’s & Co.
Percy’s is a Southern bar/restaurant in Ballard with a great patio and a lot of bourbon.
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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Norm’s Eatery & Ale House
Norm’s is a divey alehouse with bar food in Fremont that’s perfect for you and your dog.
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.
The Whale Wins
The Whale Wins isn’t the best spot in Wallingford, but the veggie-focused menu is good for something light. And the patio is highly charming.
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Wallyburger is a Wild West-themed burger spot in Wallingford that isn’t worth your time or money unless you like grease and congealed cheese.
Gracia is a cute, but pricier Mexican spot you should hit up during happy hour. The $4 tacos are very much worth the early dinner.
Despite the cheesy name, Uneeda Burger serves some of our favorite burgers in Fremont.
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