Essex is from the same team behind Delancey, one of our favorite spots for charred pizzas, and we love their burger, because it’s proof that if you cook a mound of beef like you would a pizza, it’s going to be great. It’s seared in a wood-fired oven as if it were a Neapolitan pie. The result is outrageously good, especially topped with two secret sauces: an orange one that tastes like pepperoni, and a white one that tastes like caesar salad dressing. Pair it with one of their delicious cocktails and gaze into the eyes of your date - if you can (it’s pretty dark in there).
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Ballard is known for its breweries, but there’s plenty to drink here in addition to beer. Here are the best bars in the area.
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Anchored Ship Coffee Bar
Anchored Ship is a small but useful coffee shop in Ballard that's excellent for getting work done. Plus, there’s a nail salon in the back.
The Dane is an all day cafe in Ballard with espresso, beer, and snacks like Scandinavian sandwiches and charcuterie.
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2120 is an upscale restaurant in Belltown with an American menu and giant punch bowl cocktails.
Portage Bay Cafe
When you have to please a big group for brunch, Portage Bay has your back. There are a few around town, but we like South Lake Union best.
Hitchcock Deli is a sandwich shop on Bainbridge Island that serves meats cured in-house.
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The Walrus And The Carpenter
There are a lot of oysters in Seattle, and Walrus And The Carpenter has some of the very best. Hit the Ballard spot for excellent seafood and drinks.
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.
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