Good Lunch Place, Mike’s Chili in Ballard

Ballard is full of great places to eat, some upscale, some very plain.  Little tiny places with four tables like the amazing burger place, Lunchbox Labratory, are hard to skip, but there’s a chili joint down by the locks that will make it worth dropping by for lunch. 

Mike's Chili Parlor in Ballard

Now a word of caution, because technically it’s a bar so you can’t take your kids in there, but other than that once you go you’ll probably be back many times.  There is a great variety of food on the menu.  It has chili, chili dogs, also chili burgers and chili cheseburgers, and for a change try the chili fries.  There’s a great variety of beer too, on tap and in bottles, and then a full range of the hard stuff, but let’s face it, this is a sports bar and you are there either for the chili or the game (or the video games), or both.  If it’s both, you’ll be really really happy.  Look at my website for more Mike’s photos and chili commentary.

Down the block is a Trader Joe’s in Ballard Blocks, so you can roll that into your lunch hour and feel productive too, why not get some of that great eggplant spread or the Trader Joe’s famous tomato soup.  Well, you know what to get, after all none of us get in there enough before running out of some of the bargain gourmet essentials.

And a slight stroll down to the ship canal, or where it opens out before Ballard Bridge, and you can gaze at the beauty of Queen Anne Hill across the water, or check out the local ducks.

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About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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