Best of the Best: The Fat Hen
No matter how many times you go back to this Ballard café, on one of the neighborhood’s hottest stretches (also the address of Delancey, Essex, Rosellini’s, and Frankie and Jo’s), time seems to stop when one of its famous egg bakes ($11–$12.25) lands on the table. The sizzle-snap of the house-made tomato sauce, the egg yolks begging to spill from their whites, the green flecks of basil wilting aromatically in the heat—it all suddenly renders the wait (and there is almost always a wait) completely forgotten.
Tables pile up with ricotta toast, salumi boards, eggs Benedict and twee salads, each as Instagrammable as the next, all as charmingly “Europe meets the girl next door” as the restaurant itself.
Ballard, 1418 NW 70th St.; 206.782.5422; thefathenseattle.com
Capitol Hill, 403 15th Ave. E; 206.323.9938; thewanderinggoose.com
Seattle Biscuit Company
Fremont, 4001 Leary Way NW; seattlebiscuitcompany.com
TIP: The best part of Seattle Biscuit Company’s evolution from roaming truck to adorable but tiny Frelard storefront could be the addition of a cocktail bar—or it could be the fryer, which means fried chicken biscuit sandwiches for all.
Columbia City, 3714 S Hudson St.; 206.420.1201; supersixseattle.com