The Walrus and the Carpenter
There's a bit of Alice in Wonderland-inspired whimsy at this oyster bar—a coral-inspired chandelier, wild drawings by a local artist, and a staff that doesn't take themselves too seriously. Once you score a seat in the tiny, lively space—you can wander up Ballard Avenue while you wait, and it might be around two hours—any seafood order will be delicious and shareable. Oysters are a must, as are the blackened brussels sprouts, and steak tartare. Choose a glass of white wine from their robust menu, or opt for one of their excellent and creative drinks, like the black magic, with tequila, blood orange, and campari.