Inside a room with logs of firewood stacked on shelves and a chain-link fence dangling from the ceiling is some of Seattle’s best barbecue. Bitterroot is perfect for when you need some smoked brisket in your mouth but maybe you’re on a date, and want to keep things a bit more upscale and don’t feel like sharing a paper towel-lined picnic table with a family and their screaming children. Always start with the jalapeño hushpuppies (covered with mustard sauce), get the hot links, and note that the mac and cheese serves six humans as a side dish, or one masochist as an entree.
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You know Paseo, but Un Bien is where you want to be. It’s where the old owners work now, and the Caribbean sandwiches in Ballard are the city’s best.
Percy’s & Co.
Percy’s is a Southern bar/restaurant in Ballard with a great patio and a lot of bourbon.
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.
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Backyard is a bar in Columbia City that takes its barbecue just as seriously as its offering of activities.
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