by Chelsea Lin - 273 Reviews - 109 List
Formerly a dreary home to the city's fishermen and Scandinavian grandmothers, Ballard is now (arguably) the city's hippest, artsiest neighborhood, with (unarguably) the best food. Home chefs flock to the Sunday farmers market, while Seattle's gourmands rush to Ballard's thriving dining scene--our picks for the best restaurants in Ballard below.
Updated: July 26, 2010
Seattle's got no shortage of Vietnamese restaurants--pho joints in particular--but to find one that offers legit banh mi, grilled meats and noodles outside the ID is a rare occurrence indeed. The pho is better elsewhere, but everything else at Monkey Bridge is tasty and affordable.
There's no signage and few menu options at this pink, beach-side food shack, but enjoying a No. 2 sammie--huge hunks of slow roasted pork and caramelized onions in a perfect baguette--in Golden Gardens is a quintessentially Seattle experience.
A bakery rather than restaurant, this petite shop lures in neighbors with morning wafts of freshly baked croissants, quiches and the almighty kouign amann, a salty-sweet pastry that is an absolute necessity during a visit. Take your goodies and coffee to go, or enjoy them on the secluded back patio.