Fremont: I was in the Fremont neighborhood twice. The first time was for First Friday Art Walk which was fair as there were few galleries on the itinerary. But I did have a great meal at Revel, at 403 N 36th St., which I found through its review in the NY Times. It bills itself as Urban-style Korean comfort food. I had a wonderful meal, prepared with fresh local ingredients. The white gulf shrimp with cilantro pistou and coriander noodles was really amazing as was the green bean, grilled shitakes in a roasted sesame vinaigrette. I liked the fact that it had a younger crowd. There is some outdoor seating on the back deck. I was back again for its well-known Fremont Sunday Market which showcases independent vendors selling food, antiques and handicrafts. I actually found a few nice pieces!
Ballard: I went early on Sunday morning to see the Sunday Farmer’s Market which features produce from local farmers and works by some artists and crafts people.
I really liked the old buildings on Market St. as well as Ballard Ave. NW. There were some nice stores, a tea store, Miro Tea, and several coffee shops, including Cugini Coffee which had good chai. A short walk from the Sunday Market is the Ship Canal with boat slips, dry dock repair and maintenance facilities for ocean-going container ships.
I ate at the Salmon Bay Cafe, on the docks, at 5109 Shilshole Ave NW. What a great find!! It is a casual café/diner with great breakfasts. I had a huge omelette with crab and shrimp.
I had read about The Walrus and Carpenter, at 4743 Ballard Ave. NW, which was recently featured in the NY Times. Unfortunately they are not open for brunch, only dinner. It is in a casual, attractive place and known for its oysters.