The oyster bar, steam kettles, and live crab and lobster tanks of the 4,000 square-foot (!) Ballard Annex are brought to you by the entrepreneurs behind the big, fancied-up barbecue restaurant Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen and its Portland replicant, Southland Whiskey Kitchen. They also own Ballard Mexi-party spot Matador, plus six more Matadors (at this writing) in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. So, a seafood restaurant: why not? Chef Josh Green (Virginia Inn, Ponti) is "at the helm."
Ballard Annex Oyster House
5410 Ballard Ave NW,
Hours: Mon-Thurs 3:30 pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am, Sun 11 am-midnight
Bar/Happy Hour, Dinner, Takes Reservations
Full Menu, Happy Hour
Daily 3:30-6:30 pm ($7 wine and select cocktails, $5 bartender's call, food specials).