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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Shingletown Saloon is a dive bar, but with string lights, nice people, solid bar snacks, and no sticky floor. It’s a good place for a hang in Ballard.
Ray’s doesn’t have the best seafood in Seattle (or even Ballard), but when the sun comes out, the patio here is where you want to be.
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The Masonry is a wood-fired pizza spot in Fremont with a large beer selection and excellent meatballs.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
2120 is an upscale restaurant in Belltown with an American menu and giant punch bowl cocktails.
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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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