Bitterroot, in the old Acme Rubber Stamp Shop on the corner by Hattie’s Hat, uses an in-house smoker and picturesque stacks of applewood to very good effect, especially with the chicken and the smoked-tomato-and-salt Bloody Mary. Sides are way better than average, especially the super-fluffy grits. The bar in the back feels a little bit secret, like a small private club. Also: a long list of all-American whiskeys, bourbons, and beers. Bitterroot’s pretty great, and it’s also open late—until 2 a.m. every damn day.
5239 Ballard Ave NW,
Hours: 11 am-2 am daily
Bar/Happy Hour, Dinner, Family Friendly, Good for Groups, Late-Night Dining, Takeout
Full Menu, Happy Hour
Cocktail Lounge, Neighborhood Joint
Mon-Fri 3-6 pm ($3 rotating draft; $5 wine, creamed old fashioned, bourbon margarita, and Montana Manhattan; $2-$6 food menu); Daily 11 pm-1 am.