At The Iron Bull Sports Bar and Grill, patrons keep one eye on their plates and the other on any of the thirteen big-screen and two projection televisions. Although it’s chiefly known as the area’s unofficial home for Chicago Bears expats, the bar claims to carry “every sports package imaginable,” showing games and matches from the NFL, UFC, NBA, and NCAA. Bites ordered from the pub’s menu keep fans fueled up no matter what’s on, with hand-pressed burgers and sandwiches that also double as erasers for plays diagrammed using ketchup.
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.
The Lucky 7's grill gurus dish out an extensive menu of hearty comfort fare while barkeeps pour an assortment of 20 tap beers in a festive tavern outfitted with multiple TVs and a lively game room. While sipping suds from the bar's large assortment of draft brews, guests can quell hunger quakes with the all-you-can-eat seasoned fries accompanying all 14 sandwiches from the grill, including the 1/3-pound honey-cured bacon cheeseburger ($7.75). Wide-ranging dinner options span the turf-surf spectrum, from london broil steak ($10.50) to freshly plucked fruits of the sea such as sautéed garlic prawns ($9.95). The kitchen serves breakfast all day, allowing both early risers and night owls a chance to sample the salmon eggs benedict ($8.50) or french toast ($4.95) distinguished by cream cheese, orange marmalade, and a charming accent. The tavern's plethora of TVs can show up to 20 sporting events at the same time, including UFC fights, while a game room beckons visitors with pool tables, darts, and arcade games.
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.
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.
According to a profile in Seattle magazine, chef John Howie started bussing tables at 15 and hasn’t looked back, building up a culinary empire of four venerated Washington restaurants. At SPORT Restaurant & Bar – A John Howie Restaurant, the menu evokes the classic idea of a sports bar while showcasing the chef's favorite plates, including chicken jambalaya, a deli-style reuben, and hand-tossed flatbread pizzas. Surrounded by the glow of flat-screens, visitors can watch a football game or Double Dutch match while sipping on a craft brew from the rotating menu of IPAs and stouts.