I love Boat Street Cafe. It is definitely in my top 5 restaurants here in Seattle. Owner, Renee Erickson just opened a new restaurant, The Walrus and Carpenter in Ballard at the industrial end of the strip. The Kolstrand Building was an old marine supply company that now houses a bike shop, several restaurants and a few other small businesses. The Walrus and Carpenter space is just as quaint and French kitchen-like as Boat Street, but it’s in my neighborhood. We went in the week it opened to check out the menu and have a few bevies. I love the decor, the subway tile, the Oyster Bar, the jars of preserves, the yellow stools, the old wood floors, the chandelier, the outdoor seating… you get it.

Oyster Bar!

A nice variety of veggie, meat and seafood options. Each dish we tried we loved. I thought the olives in the Salad Nicoise were grapes for some reason and bit into¬†one. I’m not a fan of olives. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t like them. I can’t help but think of Mad Men when I see the Utz potato chips on the menu. Remember the hallway scene with the Utz actor’s wife/agent and Don Draper?

Salad Nicoise.

Pork Crepinette.

Chevre and Ballard Honey. A perfect pair.

I dig the cocktail menu!

The Porch Swing. Yum. My friend Kelli will be pleased. She makes a mean Pimms cocktail as well.

Here’s the thing, if I could decorate my house to look like a store I love it would be Anthropologie. If I could have any kitchen I wanted it would look like one of Renee Erickson’s restaurants. It’s simple, clean and fun. I know it will be a success and hopefully I’ll still be able to get in from time to time. The space if beautiful and rustic. The Dutch Bike Co. moved in up front and Ethan Stowell (of Union, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf and Anchovies & Olives), just opened Staple & Fancy in the same building. I’m excited to try that as well.

I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. I love Ballard.

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