Where Seattle - - The Guide - Sert. BBQ. Ital­ian. Seafood. Seafood. DesSeafood. Dim Sum. Ja­panese. Sushi. Ja­panese. Amer­i­can.

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.bal­lar­dan­ 5410 Bal­lard Ave. NW, 206.783.5410. $$ Map 2 C4 BITTERROOT— The menu here pairs North­west bar­be­cue with Amer­i­can craft beer and a bour­bon se­lec­tion that would make any en­thu­si­ast swoon. www.bit­ter­ 5239 Bal­lard Ave. NW, 206.588.1577. $$ 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. gety­ourhot­ 5427 Bal­lard Ave. NW, 206.420.3431. $$ Map 2 C3 RAY’S BOATHOUSE & RAY’S CAFE— This water­side restau­rant has been a Seat­tle in­sti­tu­tion since the 1930s. From Penn Cove Mussels to pan­roasted Chatham Strait sable­fish, you can be as­sured that the in­gre­di­ents are fresh and sea­sonal. L and D. 6049 Seav­iew Ave. NW, 206.789.3770. $$$ 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 restau­ 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 wal­rus­ 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.din­tai­fun­ 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 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. 2319 Sec­ond Ave., 206.448.2488. $$ Map 1 D7 SHIRO’S— Try to grab a seat at the bar (if you’re lucky) and en­joy the fresh­est in top-notch fish, from the North­west and be­yond. D only. www.shi­ 2401 Sec­ond Ave., 206.443.9844. $$ 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.umisake­ 2230 First Ave., 206.374.8717. $$ Map 1 D7

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