Carmin's Guide on Ballard Neighborhood

Home of restaurateur Chef Tom Douglas and the Ballard Locks (which carries more boat traffic than any other lock in the U.S.), Ballard has a rich Scandinavian heritage and culture which is showcased at the Nordic Heritage Museum. However, the crown jewel of the neighborhood belongs to Golden Gardens Park and the Shilshole Bay Marina which provides excellent opportunities for picnics and hiking on the trails and sailing or kayaking on the water. Contact Carmin Russell to help find the right Ballard real estate for you.

Walk Score: 88
Transit Score: 51
Bike Score: 80

Estimated Travel Times:
To Microsoft (Redmond): 24-50 minutes
To Boeing (Tukwila): 28-50 minutes
To Amazon (South Lake Union): 16-26 minutes 

The Fat Hen –
Locals probably wish that The Fat Hen was larger. The small shop only holds 25 people and doesn’t take reservations, but it is worth the wait. This café serves up breakfast and lunch with a full menu of espresso beverages alongside house-made pasteries, delicious desserts, a variety of egg benedicts, egg bakes and sandwiches.

The Walrus and the Carpenter –
The Walrus and the Carpenter is as unusual as its name. The menu is different every day but you can usually find selections based on oysters, baked goods, garden salads, fish and shellfish items, meat and cheese entrees and delectable desserts.

Le Carta De Oaxaca –
A previous Seattle Weekly Reader’s Choice winning restaurant, this Mexican restaurant features all of your favorites as well as some unusual specialties such as Lamb Birria (stewed leg of lamb), Halibut Tacos and Chile Rellenos (cheese-stuffed chile peppers).

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