The Ballard Bridge Cafe, taking the space formerly occupied by The Counter (behind Trader Joe’s in the Ballard Blocks) opened softly over the weekend. The restaurant will be a breakfast and lunch joint, offering an extensive menu for both.
The cafe, opened by Christine Robertson and David Brooks, is a spacious yet cozy space, with a breakfast menu that includes several egg benedicts to choose from (with everything from classic Canadian bacon to the more adventurous salmon-lox and capers “Blocks Bene”), an extensive scramble list (including the “Burning Bridge Scramble” with hot links, jalapenos, tomato, onion and cheddar cheese), and Swedish pancakes or the French toast to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Their lunch menu has several hot and cold sandwiches to choose from, and some burger options (veggie, fish and chicken burgers too). In addition to the classic lunch fare, they have fish and chips, prawns and chips, and the “Fisherman’s Platter,” which has deep-fried fish, prawns and clam-strips.
My Ballard forum member The Plumber tried it out over the weekend, and reported that it was delicious. “I predict they will become the place to go for breakfast in Ballard,” The Plumber writes. “Great menu, great atmosphere, reasonable prices, huge portions and plenty of free parking!”
The cafe will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a 7 a.m. start on Sundays.