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Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers

Posted by Geeky Swedes on December 28th, 2008

Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers (American, Seafood)
5305 15th Ave. NW (map)
(207) 784-4440

Seattle Times: ” This really is one of the best deals in town — and one of the tastiest.”
Seattle PI: “The halibut and chips were fantastic…”

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14 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Ballardian // Apr 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I used to be a regular at the old location up on 15th /75th and have been there a bunch since the move but although I agree the food can be REALLY REALLY good-specifically the Cajun Salmon, it seems like its been uneven more often than not lately.
    Fish being soggy or overly fishy tasting(old?). Perhaps the honeymoon is over for me. Anyway, I do think the owner-who I've met a few times since he's very hands on there-is a cool guy so I'm sure I'll be back.

  • 2 Jason // Apr 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

    The BBB is fantastic (along with the Salmon Burger). I keep going back and forth between Ballard Brothers and the Red Mill Blue Cheese/Bacon Burger. While I think the burgers taste just a little better at Red Mill, the Salmon Burger, compostable plastic ware, and general coolness of the owner make this my first choice.

  • 3 Relaxed one // Apr 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Their Health inspection was better than Volterra's, Sam's Sushi, Zayda Buddy's or Ballard Market Seafood Dept………

  • 4 Seattlemedic7 // Apr 23, 2009 at 2:09 am

    So I heard this place was gonna be good so I took my empty stomach there and was not happy after I left. I ordered their special 6 wings for 5.95 and the fish and chips. the wings were under cooked and the sauce tasted old. The fish and chips basket was VERY disappointing, they were small pieces of cod maybe 3 inches long by 2 inches wide and only got 2 in a basket with some fries. I do not recommend these 2 items to anyone. It would take every other place in Ballard to be closed before I go back to this place.

  • 5 nik hammer-ellis // Apr 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    i moved to bellingham and ballard brothers is one of the things i miss the most. i got a homie workin there whos been there for quite some time and i have several other friends who have worked there. they have the best burgers ever, hands down. and they have something that is not on the menu called a crispy chicken BLT its unreasonably delicious. its basically the crispy chicken sandwhich add bacon. its worth all the calories.

  • 6 milo dakkat // May 2, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Yuk. Walked in. Walked out. Too disgusting to even try the food. Zesto's is cleaner than this.

  • 7 Relaxed One // May 5, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Read Zestos Health dept report and you probably wouldn't even set foot into Zesto's parking lot again…….

  • 8 seattlemedic7 // May 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I'm all about giving places a 2nd try. But not a 3rd. Tried the cod and fries this time, not bad. the black and blu burger was a little under cooked and bland, it was covered in blue cheese dressing which took what little flavor the burger did have away. The best part was the fries and the cold drinks.

  • 9 loveburger/hatedirty // May 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I went here recently and I DID like the burger and fries. But, the restaurant had an odor similar to a porta potty fragrance. Every piece of furniture had a layer of grease/oil on it. They should hire a professional cleaning crew to come in and do a good thorough cleaning of the dining area. I would go back again if this happened, otherwise, don't think I'll be going back.

  • 10 Brooke Albertson // Oct 31, 2009 at 2:02 am

    We are regulars at Ballard Brothers and return again and again. They have the best seafood value in town, plus friendly service. They are in the process of remodeling, which in no way detracts from the food–especially their unbeatable blackened salmon, in either burgers or salads. We already are looking forward to our next visit!

    Brooke & Jan–Magnolia

  • 11 drewgreer // Jan 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Hello loveburger/hatedirty,
    My name is Drew and I am the owner and manager of Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers. I wanted to thank you for your review and let you know that I took your comments to heart and have completely remodeled the dining room by installing tile and painting the dark walls. We have also varnished the surfaces that you were commenting on. Please come and check out our new space and let me know what you think. Thanks, Drew

  • 12 unhappy2 // Feb 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    We echo the above comment. The “Bald cashier” is the owner! We used to go there on a regular basis, but no longer will set foot inside the place.

  • 13 P // Mar 18, 2010 at 4:30 am

    5 Stars. Awesome gourmet seafood burgers & meals at affordable prices, I never tasted a more delicious piece of Salmon ANYWHERE!

  • 14 Nklein8 // Feb 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I have been going here for several years now. I am an experienced cook. We have also taken some of our disabled residents here. They are very nice and have always had excellent service. Don’t know what you are seeing. What happened did someone dump you while you were going with them? Don’t care about the Health Department either. There are Nursing facilities that are worse than this. They have very good food. Rock on Ballard Brothers.

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