BBQ sandwiches and affordable cocktails — what else do you need?
I find enjoyment in oddly-named entities. Pearl Jam falls into this category, for instance. So does Lock & Keel Tavern, one of the many establishments found along ever-popular Ballard Avenue. Or, at least, the name seemed strange for a moment.
However, all was made clear after I looked up the definition for keel: a central structural figure for watercraft that runs on the bottom of the hull from stem to stern post, offering stability and fortification. How fitting then, since the Lock & Keel supports our appetite and thirst — and for the right price, no less.
Must-Have Grub: In addition to daily specials — such as Taco Truck Tuesdays (three pork tacos for $4) and Tuesday Rib Night ($1 per rib) — HH edibles at Lock & Keel bring the pain in a most satisfying way. There is a nice selection of barbecued sammies ($6.50 each) that have been fumigated by hickory, and each one — such as the Bum Steer (beef brisket) or the Squealer (pulled pork) — requires plenty of napkins. Naturally, one side dish is included with your sandwich — and with choices such as garlic mashed potatoes, baked beans and cole slaw, it’s quite possible to get a full meal for a very low price.
Must-Have Libations: Lock & Keel is a good place to grab a cold one, thanks to an extensively generous drink menu. This watering hole offers PBR drafts for $2.25. If microbrews are more your speed, the tap also includes Boundary Bay IPA, Dry Hopped Islander Pale, Diamond Knot Brown and many others — all of which can be yours for a mere $3 per pint. The same goes for well drinks and wine, making this one of the most affordable happy hours in the city. I think that’s something we can all support.
Happy Times: 4 – 7 p.m. daily, as well as 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Lock & Keel Tavern | 5144 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard | (206) 781-8023