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.
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.