As a former export manager of Alaskan seafood, the sushi chef at Sushi Spott knows his fillets. Fresh catches fill the glass display case at the sushi bar, where nigiri sushi and hand rolls join specialty rolls such as the salmon-skin roll and the citrus-infused lemon roll, whose tuna, avocado, and salmon cannot be made into lemonade. Sushi Spott also dishes out chicken teriyaki, bento boxes, and other entrees amid the dining room's white pendant lamps and decorative Japanese screens.
Lucky 7 furnishes the simple pleasures of sports on TV, cold drinks, and hearty food, as well as entertaining activities in the form of dartboards and arcade games. More than 20 different beers are on tap, and diners feast on pub classics such as fish ‘n’ chips, third-pound cheeseburgers, and spicy-buffalo wings. As sports fans exchange a flurry of high-fives at the old-school varnished-wood bar, guests challenge each other to pinball matches or to rounds of pool at one of the game room's four pool tables.
Though it's walking distance from both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, The Hawk's Nest makes the decision between facing the crowds at the stadium and staying indoors to watch the game with a beer and a burger a challenging one. The Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners mecca, though lined with team paraphernalia and TVs displaying NFL Sunday Ticket, serves a more upscale spread than you might find at other sports bars. Chefs charbroil Misty Isle natural beef burgers with unique ingredients such as brie, peanut butter, and pineapple, and plate gourmet entrees of steamed clams and portabello goat-cheese sandwiches. Even the beer list is elevated—local microbrews and a rotating IPA populate the taps, though sports fans can always order up a bucket of Bud, Coors, or Miller bottles to accompany hollered insults at the TV's tiny referees. The bar is also a proud advocate for Ronald McDonald House and the Mittens For The Masses charity.
If Ballard Loft feels somewhat reminiscent of a renovated machine shop, well, that’s because it used to be an actual machine shop. Remnants of the building’s former occupation live on in several forms. A garage door opens to an outdoor patio alongside Ballard Avenue, and a retired jib hangs from the ceiling after a career spent hoisting heavy equipment and slumbering mechanics skyward.
Amidst this working man’s vibe, diners sit down to a substantial menu that includes sliders, wings, sandwiches, and a rotating menu of fresh food specials. The hearty meals are fitting for an area such as Salmon Bay, with its storied history of logging mills and maritime industry. But today, inside the Loft, those same meals are far more likely to fuel rounds of shuffleboard, pool, or darts or friendly competition during Tuesday night trivia.
NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
Stocked with nearly 40 TVs, Sport ensures that your multiple eye implants won't miss any ongoing sports action. A 130" HD flat-screen looms above the bar, and each booth has individual 17" LCD HDTVs, bestowing channel-controlling power to any human operating under their own willpower. Chef John Howie's menu features standard pub grub with an upscale twist for tucking into while cheering on. Thick New England clam chowder wrestles tender sea clams, red potatoes, and smoky bacon in a victorious rich, creamy clam broth ($3/cup, $9.50/large bowl), while a mouth-melting fire-grilled Kobe-beef burger is served on a toasted brioche bun with roasted-onion spread ($14). Barbecue-chicken pizza rounds up applewood-smoked chicken and sweet bell peppers, lassoing them together with fontina and mozzarella cheeses ($9–$12.50). Soothe shout-hoarsened throats with a variety of local and imported tap beers, wine, or specialty cocktails.