This past Friday, for National Cheeseburger Day, Matt and I embarked on an ambitious journey throughout Ballard to sample as many burgers as we could (somewhat) comfortably fit in our stomachs. In so doing we visited a pair of Ballard standby’s and two lesser known/visited spots.
We kicked off the festivities at Li’l Woody’s on Market Street, a place we frequent fairly often, especially due to its proximity to Ballard Beer Co. Li’l Woody’s is pretty well known throughout Seattle and even has another location in Capitol Hill; it seemed a logical place to begin our crawl. We each grabbed a Li’l Woody, their classic burger offering, and a basket of fries to share. (Read more about stop #1)
On we marched up 24th Street, past the QFC, to Scooter’s Burgers. It’s a fairly unassuming shack but their red awning shone like a beacon to burger-goodness. Scooter’s was a place we’d driven past a number of times but never ended up stopping by; it’s one of those places that’s so convenient to us that we always figured we’d get there eventually, eventually was Friday. We ordered up some classic cheeseburgers and fries. I really wanted a shake but I didn’t think I’d survive very long on this crawl if I added a shake on top. (Read more about stop #2)
Next, we made our way back down 24th and further west down Market Street to The Sloop Tavern. It was our first time at The Sloop Tavern and we can unequivocally state that this place was a dive. But not in a bad way, it had all those good divey qualities you look for: friendly locals, pool tables, darts, and most importantly – good food. Service was fast and friendly. The classic cheeseburger was good but not great. This was also the point where we figured a beer would be appropriate. Beers helped wash down the burger and we were out the door and on our way. (Read more about stop #3)
We finished up by making our way over towards the Ballard Locks to Red Mill Totem House. Most people in Seattle have been to Red Mill before, either in Ballard or Interbay or Phinney Ridge. They are a burger centric place that makes some of the best burgers in Seattle. There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said about Red Mill, they know what they’re doing. We grabbed some Double Bacon Deluxe Cheeseburgers as a grand finale, washed it down with a couple of sodas, and called it an evening. Neither one of us could fit another burger if we tried. (Read more about stop #4)
Our crawl through Ballard was a great way to spend National Cheeseburger Day. We enjoyed some of our favorite mainstays and added a couple of new spots to our repertoire (along with a couple inches to our belts).
We’ll be looking to partake in something like this again soon and are always open to suggestions for neighborhoods and locations. If you have a place you think we should feature let us know!