BALLARD ANNEX OYSTER HOUSE— Serving up fresh seafood seven days a week, you will have plenty to choose from here. From oysters, shellfish, whole Dungeness crab and Maine lobster, to homemade bisques, chowders and soups. www.ballardannex.com. 5410 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.783.5410. $$ Map 2 C4 BITTERROOT— The menu here pairs Northwest barbecue with American craft beer and a bourbon selection that would make any enthusiast swoon. www.bitterrootbbq.com. 5239 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.588.1577. $$ Map 2 D3 HOT CAKES MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKERY—
You’ll find yummy chocolate cake with a melty, gooey middle at this adorable spot. Varieties include a vegan version. They also serve milkshakes and other small food and bakery items. www. getyourhotcakes.com. 5427 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.420.3431. $$ Map 2 C3 RAY’S BOATHOUSE & RAY’S CAFE— This waterside restaurant has been a Seattle institution since the 1930s. From Penn Cove Mussels to panroasted Chatham Strait sablefish, you can be assured that the ingredients are fresh and seasonal. L and D. www.rays.com. 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, 206.789.3770. $$$ Map 2 B2 STAPLE AND FANCY— The menu here highlights simple Italian-inspired food. Try a multicourse feast of seasonal dishes created specifically for your table. www.ethanstowell restaurants.com. 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.789.1200. $$$$ Map 2 C3 THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER—
This oyster bar blends the elegance of France with the casual comfort of a local fishing pub. Rustic and light-filled, there is a heated outdoor space and the menu features locally harvested clams and mussels. www.the walrusbar.com. 4743 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.395.9227. $$ Map 2 D3 CROSSROADS SHOPPING CENTER— Head to this shopping center for one of the best food courts in town. Find international dining with everything from sushi and Korean barbecue to pizza and tacos. www.crossroadsbellevue. com. 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue, 425.644.1111. $ Map 2 G14 DIN TAI FUNG— This dumpling house makes their dumplings on site—watch chefs create before you are seated. While all the dumplings are delicious, the soup dumplings are a must-try. www.dintaifungusa.com. Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way NE, Ste. 280, Bellevue, 425.698.1095.
THE 5 POINT CAFE— This dive bar and diner is one of the oldest watering holes in Belltown, originally opened in 1929. Enjoy hearty, reasonably priced fare at this laid-back eatery 24 hours a day, seven days a week. www.the5point cafe.com. 415 Cedar St., 206.448.9991. $ Map 1 D5 KUSHIBAR— This eatery offers Japanese street eats like grilled skewers, plentiful bowls of ramen and cocktails. www.kushibar.com. 2319 Second Ave., 206.448.2488. $$ Map 1 D7 SHIRO’S— Try to grab a seat at the bar (if you’re lucky) and enjoy the freshest in top-notch fish, from the Northwest and beyond. D only. www.shiros.com. 2401 Second Ave., 206.443.9844. $$ Map 1 D6 UMI SAKE HOUSE— With more than 45 kinds of saké and a menu that includes sushi, crispy prawns and chicken yakitori, Umi (”ocean” in Japanese) offers a laid-back space in which to unwind and indulge. D only. www.umisakehouse.com. 2230 First Ave., 206.374.8717. $$ Map 1 D7