May 11, 2018
This hip corner spot in Ballard is responsible for some of the best barbecue in the city. What these guys don’t know about ribs and brisket isn’t worth knowing. Grant and Hannah Carter have turned Ballard’s old Acme Rubber Stamp building into a handsome, if narrow, dining and drinking space with a pared down interior of bare brick walls and reclaimed wood. The meat is just delicious here: tender, fall away, smoky pork and meaty, rich brisket. Their baked beans ooze piggy goodness and they make a superior burger, juicy and thick, served with sautéed onions, bacon and melting blue cheese. They’re no slouch when it comes to lovely liquid things and the back bar is very well stocked with a wide range of whiskeys, bourbons and ryes which the bartenders will happily help you pair with your plate of ‘cue. They offer rotating whiskey flights as well as a range of cocktails with a brown spirit base like the Creamed Old Fashioned, a blend of bourbon, vanilla bean sugar, black walnut bitters, and soda, and the Raymond Blur, an aged cocktail of rye, bourbon, benedictine, punt é mes, and orange bitters. They serve a wide range of craft beers including Fearless Brewing’s Loki Red Ale on tap and bottles of The Bruery’s Smoking Wood – and their super smoky Bloody Mary is a contender for the best in the city too.