(Re)exploring Ballard: Bastille
If you were to ask me what I love most about Seattle, first I’d tell you that I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, despite traveling to a decent amount of places in this world. Then, I’d confess—that its neighborhoods are what I really love. From hipster-populated Capitol Hill to the student-friendly U-District, to funky Fremont, every neighborhood in the city has its own unique vibe, and I always stumble upon new things each one has to offer.
If I were to live in Seattle again, I’d choose to live in Ballard. It has everything you could possibly need within its boundaries: a farmer’s market, great bars, beach access, cute boutiques—all located a hop and a skip away from downtown.
During my recent trip home, I revisited Ballard and made way to a local French cafe+bar named Bastille. Though Bastille was around before I moved to Spain, I never tried it out—much to the chagrin of my Ballard friends. Not that I wasn’t interested in trying it, but I was freshly home from studying in Athens and probably too busy trying to find Seattle’s best Greek restaurant at that time. That would all change during this visit home.
So, I checked out Bastille mid-week, during their happy hour and… ordered a burger. Yes. At a French restaurant. Thankfully, after reading through the menu, I found that Bastille is as French as it is Pacific Northwest, which made me feel slightly less guilty for my order. And upon one bite of that arugula, pickled onion, alioli and Mahon cheese-topped goodness, all guilt was gone. “That was a damn good burger”, I thought, which is fitting, because “damn good French cuisine” is their slogan.
Other happy hour bites included their 5-buck falafel, which made only the delicious carafe of house wine the most French thing consumed. But I’m ok with that.
Drop in for Happy Hour yourself from M-SU 4:30-6PM and SU-THU 10PM-12AM. If the weather allows, head out to the patio, simply because it’s darling and makes you feel like you’re dining in a tucked-away café in some Parisian arrondissement.
Find Bastille at 5307 Ballard Avenue NW Seattle, WA 98107.