The neighborhood of Ballard is many neighborhoods, walkable, full of personality and people making their lives over the years, greeting and dog walking and lawn mowing and drinking coffee with friends. The names themselves hint at full days at a peaceful pace, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, Sunset Hill, Ballard Locks…and in every neighborhood here or there is found a corner or a row of businesses down a street where food may be purchased, coffee sipped, dogs and their owners pass each other on walks day after day.
At 24th Avenue NW and 85th, is such a corner. And one of the treasures to be found here is the Fresh Fish Co. Now I am not claiming this is the only wonderful little fish store in a Seattle neighborhood. This is the Pacific Northwest and we love our seafood! There are several shops scattered throughout the neighborhoods of the City that offer the freshest and best of the catch, and I vote for visiting them when you pass by. But this one is so full of character and delicious seafood that it is worth even a detour. The pickled herring, boiled crabs, wonderful halibut, smoked salmon, sausages, thick bacon and steaks, select very fresh vegetables, make for resources that will end your search for what to fix for dinner in a very satisfying manner indeed! Not to mention the freshly made cioppino which can be eaten at a couple of little tables right there in the store. Don’t miss it!