Every Sunday, rain or shine, an open street market operates in Ballard. Combined with the regular eccentric stores that line Ballard Avenue, you will find not just food (though naturally a good farmer's market provides a lot of good local food) but also a number of craft items as well.Originally, Fremont was the location of the Sunday market, but...more
There are a number of facilities that are part of what is called the "Ballard Locks"(though officially is called the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks): this includes the Locks themselves and the Carl English Botanical Gardens.This tip covers the small museum and visitor's center display on the second floor of a building near the entrance to area of the...more
This really isn't such a bad place, and their food is really pretty good. However, it is somewhat limited to fast-food style creations that are all made to order, so the food arrives in a fairly slow fashion. When it arrives, it's good, but just be prepared for service to be slower than you would expect it to be. It may look like a fast food...more
First, about that name: originally this was Café Moose, but the owners were very much missing authentic Mexican food from the central plateau area. So, they added a few Mexican dishes here and there. Pretty soon, they found themselves famous for these dishes, and the other types of food simply passed by the wayside. Not that Café Moose makes any...more
Please Note: This tip was originally about Alexa's Garden Café at this location just north of Ballard, and it is now closed. However, the original Alexa's Garden Cafe location in Bothell remains open. The location in Ballard described here and in the photo still serves food, but it is not operated by the same people and not operated under the same...more
There is no question that Anchors Down has a nautical theme, and you get bonus points for going down to the ship canal to see if you can find the boats that have had their parts removed in order to construct the interior decorations of this Ballard night spot.It is known for its large and eccentric combinations of hot dog creations. I had the South...more
Unfortunately, it was some year and a half ago that I ate at the Seattle India Bistro. I do not remember what I had, except that it was good. However, I can tell you that it is always a very crowded and popular place to eat. The place has definitely met the price and quality of food point that makes restaurants popular in the Ballard area.more
It's a reasonably typical Seattle pub, but has some interesting features, including a pile of board games on a shelf by the room closest to the entry of the pub. Apparently, unlike certain other establishments, they aren't in a hurry for their customers to leave to make room for new ones.Children are allowed in the front room as well, until 10...more
There isn't too much to say about this theatre other than it is located right in the core of the Ballard town center, and therefore is convenient to access from a number of locations. Parking, like most of Ballard, is find anywhere you might find a spot as it is very tight and difficult to find.
The theatre has an attractive and artistic interior.
The huge popcorn pig on the third floor was created by a local artist as part of 100 pigs created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pike Place Market.
Various other eccentric pieces decorate the movie theatre, including various special movie posters that are of significance to the theatre's owners.
In January of 2001, 2nd Avenue was rebuilt between NW 120th and NW 117th as a pilot project to demonstrate one alternative of what the streets in the neighborhood might be made to look like. The majority of the streets in this area north of Ballard lack sidewalks as well as good drainage methods. This demonstration might be what these less developed streets turn into in years to come.
The goals are:
+ A street and drainage system that reduces the runoff rate from streets directly into local streems, which causes flooding and pollution of the streams due to road oil and other contaminants.
+ A "traffic-calmed" street that also meets the resident's needs for access and parking.
+ Landscape that takes advantage of the changes as well as incorporating drainage from the street.
To get the best idea of what the area used to look like, visit 2nd Avenue on the north side of 120th Street.
The addition of a sidewalk is really nice, even in a place like this where the streets are not really that busy. The meandering nature of the street and sidewalk make the area seem a lot larger than it is due to the introduction of plants that obstruct the direct sight lines and help separate out the areas. The use of native and/or wild plants is also a wonderful addition compared to the very sterile environment you will find on 2nd north of 120th.