The Walrus and the Carpenter

The Walrus and the Carpenter Restaurant, Ballard

Photo credit: The Walrus and the Carpenter website

Photo credit: The Walrus and the Carpenter website

The Walrus and the Carpenter is located in the back of the renovated Kolstrand building from the 1900′s.  There is literally a small door with a small sign that leads you through a long hallway and into the bright, intimate space.

Open kitchen

Open kitchen

Be warned that this place is popular and is a walk-in restaurant only.  With limited seating, folks line up prior to 4:00pm  to snag a table or to sit at the counter.  There is a heated patio but on the day I dined, was closed. Several accolades include Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and an appearance in Anthony Bourdain’s television show The Layover: Seattle.

Oysters displayed

Oysters displayed

Their menu is seasonal and rotates daily.  Plates here are small, but enough for a party of two to enjoy.  The hi-light of The Walrus and the Carpenter are their oysters.  I would recommend sitting at the counter to see everyone at work in the open kitchen.  There is a great selection of wine, hand crafted cocktails and beer to pair with your meal.

Menu

Menu

Everything on the menu looks delicious and does not disappoint.  Note that they offer a happy hour Monday to Thursday to soften the financial blow.  I highly recommend this place.  It’s casual, delicious and a great place to just hang out, eat and drink.

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Steak Tartare

Oysters: Flapjack, Boom Stick, Otter Cove, Penn Cove, Hama Hama

Oysters: Flapjack, Boom Stick, Otter Cove, Penn Cove, Hama Hama

Grapefruit Salad

Grapefruit Salad

Fried Oysters, cilantro aioli

Fried Oysters, cilantro aioli

House Cured Pork Lardo

House Cured Pork Lardo

Grilled Sardines

Grilled Sardines

 

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