Jewish deli coming to Leary Way

(Photo from @napkinfriends on Twitter)

You may have eaten at the Napkin Friends food truck, perhaps at Stoup Brewing (above) or other places throughout Seattle. The blue truck is best known for its yummy latke press sandwiches.

Now there’s news that the owner, Jonathan Silverberg, is planning to open at Jewish deli in Ballard. Silverberg signed a lease in a new building at 928 NW Leary Way, according to Eater. He plans to call it Schmaltzy’s Delicatessen.

Since the building (.pdf) is still under construction (and will host other companies, as well), the deli won’t open for another year or so. But Silverberg says he plans to hold pop-up events until then.

Love poke? Now there are 3 poke spots in town

Market St. in Ballard is turning into poke paradise.

Fans of Poke Lover over in the U District will be happy to discover the restaurant has opened a Ballard location on Market near 22nd, next door to Matador.

Poke Lover has 12 kinds of fish (as well as cooked fare), and early reviews on Yelp are glowing.

Ballard is already home to Poke Square and No Vacancy Poke (in front of the Hotel Albatross), so Poke Lover is walking into a competitive environment. But if Ballard can support a gazillion pizza places, why not a few poke spots?

Kickin’ Boot calls it quits

BBQ joint Kickin’ Boot has shut its doors after a five-year run in Ballard.

“Unfortunately, due to many obstacles, the time has come to make the difficult decision,” explains a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “This closure is strictly due to the financial hardship we have endured.”

Truth be told, Kickin’ Boot’s location — down from the action on Ballard Ave. on 22nd — was off the beaten path for walk-in traffic. The owners, Zak Melang and Nathan Opper, also own Matador and Ballard Annex, which are sticking around.

“We are sorry that this news comes as a surprise, but we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us over the years and for the community we have been fortunate enough to serve here in Ballard,” they write. “Thank you once again for your continued support and we hope to see you around the neighborhood.”

They say the “Whiskey Wednesday tradition” will continue at The Grog (located behind Ballard Annex) every Wednesday from 4 p.m. until close.

Seattle Restaurant Week now on in Ballard

Seattle Restaurant Week is on again this week until Thursday, October, and plenty of Ballard restaurants are participating.

During the event, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $32, and some will also offer three-course lunches for $18.

The following Ballard restaurants are among the, more than 165, restaurants featured city wide:

  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Bastille
  • Bramling Cross
  • Cutter’s Crab house
  • Golden Beetle
  • Hi-Life
  • Kickin’ Boot
  • The Matador
  • Moshi Moshi Sushi
  • Ocho
  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Ray’s Cafe
  • San Fermo
  • Skillet Diner
  • Staple & Fancy Mercantile
  • Stoneburner
  • The Gerald
  • Volterra Restaurant

Click here for a full list of restaurants participating in Seattle

Throwback Thursday: Ballard restaurants of yesteryear

In recent years, Ballard’s restaurant scene has exploded. We wanted to take a look back and see what the restaurants of yesteryear had to offer.

Hans Nelson and his son Nels Nelson can be seen below outside their hotel, bar and restaurant on the corner of Dock Place and Ballard Ave in 1892.


Below is a photo of “Jack’s Restaurant” taken in 1900 on Ballard Ave. It is not known the food that was served, however if you zoom in you may be able to decipher some menu items from the list on the right of the image.


Ladies can be seen standing outside the Fern Café in the below photograph taken in 1925. Regular meals are listed as costing between 25 and 45 cents. The address can only be seen as 4833, which may belong to the address on Ballard Ave.


Old Home Restaurant is featured in the below photograph taken in 1937. The restaurant was located at 5231 Ballard Ave where Hattie’s Hat currently stands.


Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Tumble Swede Nordic restaurant to ‘pop up’ for Syttende Mai

In honor of Syttende Mai, the Tumble Swede Nordic pop-up restaurant will be happening this weekend in Ballard. The restaurant will feature a Norwegian-inspired menu that will serve as “a tribute to the late spring flavors of forest and field in the Pacific Northwest and will feature reimagined Scandinavian classics for lunch with more modern fare for dinner.” They tell us they’ll also have a “super fun and totally traditional” kids’ meal.


Wild herring (Photo from Tumble Swede’s Facebook page)


“This isn’t your grandmother’s cliché 1950’s food, and we don’t serve meatballs. It’s fresh, vibrant, modern, uniquely American, clearly Scandinavian and unmistakably Northwest,” Tumble Swede writes.

Tumble Swede is a creation from Scandinavian Distillery owner Lexi (Old Ballard Liquor Co.), and is, “a celebration of the Scandinavian culinary heritage of the Pacific Northwest.”  The restaurant will be found on Saturday and Sunday (May 16-17) at Demo Restaurant (5410 14th Ave NW). Learn more about their menu and whereabouts on their Facebook page or website.


Percy’s & Co. launches ‘Shuck It!’ oyster happy hour

myballard_percysThe team at Percy’s & Co. (5233 Ballard Ave NW) has launched their new “Shuck It!” oyster happy hour on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Each Wednesday, locals will be able to take advantage of $1 oysters delivered fresh by Taylor Shellfish and shucked by chef Derek May.

“Hey, oysters aren’t just delicious, friends! Not only do they taste better during the winter, they’re also quite good for you at this immune-testing time of year, offering a friendly boost of zinc (crucial during flu season),” says Tallulah Anderson from Percy’s.

In addition to the oysters, the team will be serving up $6 shots of Jameson, happy hour drinks and half priced bottles of wine from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Click here to keep up with updates from Percy’s.

Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off in Ballard

Seattle Restaurant Week is on this week, and a handful of Ballard restaurants are on the list. The event is two weeks long, from April 6-10 and again from April 13-17.

During the event, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $28, and some will also do three-course lunches for $15.

The following Ballard restaurants will be part of the 60 restaurants featured:

  • Anthony’s HomePort on Shilshole
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Bastille
  • Golden Beetle
  • Plako Estiatorio Greek Cuisine
  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Ray’s Cafe
  • Skillet Diner
  • Staple & Fancy Mercantile
  • Stoneburner
  • The Gerald
  • Volterra Restaurant

There are over 60 restaurants in Seattle taking part in the 10 day promotion; click here for a full list.

Porkchop & Co. moving into the old Belle Clementine spot on Leary

A new restaurant is coming to Ballard to take the place of the community dining spot Belle Celementine on Leary Ave., which closed in February. Porkchop & Co will feature “good food made from scratch using seasonal ingredients sourced from farmers markets,” reports Seattle Eater.

The restaurant is the product of California transplant Paul Osher, who tells Eater that he’s searching for a kitchen crew and doing a little work on the building’s interior. He hopes to open in April.

Ballard eateries make national Yelp Top 100 list

My Ballard reader Sara emailed in to let us know that three Ballard eateries made the America wide Yelp Top 100 Places to Eat list. The list includes the best places to eat across the country according to numbers of votes and stars on Yelp.

The Ballard hot spots that made the list were:

  • Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW), which was ranked 2nd overall in the whole of the USA!
  • Café Besalu, (5909 24th Ave NW), which was 33rd on the list.
  • Mr Gyros (5522 20th Ave NW), which came in 47th.

How did they compile the list you may ask? Yelp writer Hannah revealed their method;

“We dug in to our wealth of rich data to see what the numbers told us about which places Yelpers really love. Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community,” writes Hannah on the Yelp Blog.

It is the first time ever that Yelp has released a Top 100 list! It is definitely a huge deal to make the cut and the fact that three out of the four Seattle eateries included have locations in Ballard makes it even better!

So, as Hannah writes, “add these babies to your Yelp bookmarks STAT and worry about that unused gym membership later.”

Congratulations to these Ballard favorites!