We ate a lot of good food in Seattle and didn’t even scratch the surface of Ballard in a month, let alone the entire city. Most restaurants we visited only once, and many of them didn’t seem to warrant a full review after so little experience, but there were memorable meals along the way.

Blackberry brambles were everywhere in Seattle. Sometimes I picked berries from the side of the road.


There must have been 10 coffee shops within easy walking distance of our apartment in Ballard. This vegan doughnut came from Café Mox, which is attached to a game store.


The Counter, located in Ballard Blocks, is definitely worth visiting. The build-your-own burger Todd ordered was fabulous. You could order a burger patty on a salad, so I tried that with a veggie burger topped with pineapple, but the idea was more interesting than the reality.


Hi-Life was located along NW Market Street and was always packed. We intended to go there some Sunday for the fried chicken but ended up at brunch with this obscenely thick French toast.


I had oysters several times in Seattle. Here: Penn Cove. The server at Emmet Watson's Oyster Bar in Pike Place Market (not where I got this one) explained that August and September may not be the best months to eat oysters because they're spawning and they may taste funny. After I left Seattle, I read about several people getting sick from Washington oysters. I was lucky.


Salted cod with ajilimojili sauce from La Isla, the Puerto Rican restaurant in Ballard. Lovely fried fish.


Todd had the pernil, a pork dish. This restaurant had tasty sauces; I believe the red sauce is mojito sauce. It also had a waiter who wasn't comfortable looking at me, for some reason, even though I was paying.


Portage Bay, a large cafe near Ballard Locks, offered a toppings bar with French toast and such. Here it is.


The great thing about Portage Bay's toppings bar was that you could order just the toppings for $6, so I did.

I began with berries and I’ve ended with berries. There are berry brambles fruiting in Portland right now, but they’re not ripe yet. I think it’s so cool to be able to pluck berries as I’m walking along. I’ve never before lived in a city where that was possible.

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  1. Claire Walter October 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    These are great — and I can especially relate to the blackberry experiences. I have eaten my way along Seattle roadsides too.

  2. Beth Partin October 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Claire. It was one of my favorite things.

  3. Thomas | Jus Getaway October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

    The vegan doughnut looks delicious how was it? I could use a build a burger right about now I am starving.

  4. Beth Partin October 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    It was OK, Thomas. I didn’t love it enough to have another one. I did have a great gluten-free cinnamon roll in Missoula, though.