Easter Brunch In the Ballard(ish) Area


Besides the Easter bunny and eating your weight in chocolate, Easter means one thing: brunch! If you’re not preparing a meal at home while the little ones hunt for eggs this Sunday, you could choose to let someone else do the cooking for you at one of these Ballard (and surrounding area) restaurants, all offering delicious spring-inspired menus.

All three of chef Maria Hines’ restaurants will be offering special three-course menus for Easter. Albacore tuna benedict, blueberry apricot scones and omelets will be on offer at Fremont’s Sicilian-inspired Agrodolce. Oh, and most importantly: bottomless mimosas. $25 per diner. At Hines’ Ballard outpost, the Mediterranean-influenced Golden Beetle, diners can sample housemade yogurt, pork shank hash and rosewater baklava, among other offerings on the menu. $25 per diner. A little further up the hill in Wallingford, Tilth will offer a three-course menu for $30, or $40 including a mimosa and coffee.

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery on Ballard Avenue will be serving baked-to-order frittatas and Easter treats such as creme yvette and lemon curd milkshakes, along with a “brunch punch.” Sounds delicious!

Vif Wine and Coffee in Fremont will host a three-course brunch featuring a sweet and savory pastry board with house-made jam, polenta with spring vegetables, poached egg and ham, and buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb compote and pistachio shortbread. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for spring, we don’t know what will! $25 per diner.


Fremont Oktoberfest Starts Today

The annual Fremont Oktoberfest starts today as thousands of people will hit the streets of Fremont to celebrate for the 17th time, this annual tradition. It has been previously featured as a “Top ten place to celebrate in the world”.  With over 100 beers of tap for individuals to try, this all weekend event is sure to have a brew that suits you. Oktoberfest will feature both a kid friendly section as well as an over 21 beer garden. 5044573757_1fd66a6873

The tasting garden will be open as follows with last call a half hour prior to the listed closing time.

  • Friday, September 20 — 5:00pm-12:00midnight*
  • Saturday, September 21 — 11:00am-12:00midnight*
  • Sunday, September 22 — 11:00am-6:00pm**

Sunday morning is the 11th annual 5k run with the finish line in the middle of the Oktoberfest Village. While some may choose a more healthy hydration (boring), others may opt to hydrate themselves with a seasonal beer which is included in your $25 registration for the race.

Oktoberfest runs all weekend long but for more information please visit their website here.

Help Give the Tigers’ Lair a Remodel at Woodland Park Zoo

The Tiger and Sloth bear exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo haven’t seen any updates in the past 60 years and it’s about time they received some  fresh new interiors! The Zoo is planning the biggest design they’ve seen since the 1990s and plans to build a brand spankin new state-of-the-art exhibit for the Malayan Tigers, sloth bears, small clawed otters, birds, and much more over two acres long! This new exhibit is also hoped to shed light on the crucial need for tiger advocates to help save wild tigers, whose future is unknown and at risk.

Donate towards the Malayan Tiger Habitat, photo courtesy of the Woodland Park Zoo

If you’ve been to the Woodland Park Zoo, and love to see the animals they host living in comfort, the Zoo would like to extend a little encouragement for you to pass along the word that the Zoo will need the community’s help in funding this new sanctuary for their furry friends. The Zoo is currently running a campaign, asking friends to pledge $10 a person, “Give 10 For Tigers” and encourages everyone who donates to ask ten friends to pledge as well. They have $200,000 left to raise in order to hire builders and start construction and every dollar donated is a step closer to their goal. If they raise $100,000 by midnight on May 25th, a local family has even graciously pledged to donate the other $100,000 necessary to fund the new tiger palace! If you’d like more information on how to donate, please visit the Woodland Park Zoo website.

Ballard Bridge to be Closed for Evening Paint Job

The Ballard bridge is scheduled to get a fresh coat of paint for the next three weekends, and will be closed in the evenings for traffic. The closure will be scheduled starting from 3:00-6:00AM beginning this Saturday April 14th, and also scheduled for the 21st & 28th. Be prepared for bridge closures from midnight to 6:00AM on Sundays April 15, 22 and 29th as well. The new paint project is expected to end around the end of May.

Photo Courtesy of www.myballard.com

Southbound lanes and west sidewalk closures should also end by the end of April, but northbound lanes and east sidewalk closures will move forward into May, but will be open during rush hour between 3-8pm. For more information and updates on the bridge delays, visit the Seattle Times.

Fremont Fair in June

If you live in Ballard, you won’t need any excuse to attend the fast approaching 23rd Annual Fremont Fair on June 18th and 19th.  The Fair, which is produced each year by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, has become an amazing community tradition that Fremonters and others have attended since 1972.  One of the greatest events at the fair is the Solstice Parade which coincides with Summer Solstice.  The Parade is produced by the Fremont Arts Council and takes places the 18th beginning at noon.  Other Fair events include a variety of vendors, music from bands playing on four separate stages and plenty of places to quench your thirst and hunger.  Don’t miss out on this great Seattle tradition to welcome the summertime and head over to the Fremont Fair June 18th. For more information, please visit the official website.