The Trifecta: Three New Emerald City Eateries You Need to Try

From Ballard to Green Lake to Capitol Hill, you’ll be satisfied with these three new grub spots.

Sometimes 21 meals in a week just isn’t enough to try all the new restaurants Seattle has to offer. That’s why we’ve compiled a manageable must-visit list. In no particular order, here’s a trifecta of new bars and eateries to try now.

Trifecta One: The Amber Den in Ballard

The Amber Den is the epitome of the local hangout. Warm lighting and a friendly staff greet you at the Ballard eatery. Comfy seating, free wi-fi and books to loan keep you there. But the good food and drink is what keeps you coming back. The menu consists of “elevated pub food” such as Albondigas (meatballs) or Blue Cheese, Bacon and Date Stuffed Mushrooms. Wash it down with a “Hard Row to Hoe” Pinot Noir or Snoqualmie Spring Fever beer. Neighbors will be here every night, and the rest of us will hang out all day to feel like locals.

The Amber Den | 1556 NW 56th Street, Seattle | (206) 783-0131

Trifecta Two: The Burgundian Tavern in Green Lake

The Burgundian Tavern (formerly known as The Publican) is the beer lover’s new favorite place. The people behind Fremont’s beer-mecca Brouwers bring us another drink selection that can’t be beat at this Green Lake bar and restaurant. It boasts more than 20 draft beers, at least 60 canned beers (not bottles), and about 50 different types of both bourbon and tequila. The food menu is just as enticing, with comfort food favorites such as Poutine, Chicken and Waffles, and Corned Beef Hash. Needless to say, there’s plenty to warm you up on a cold day, but there’s also a nice outdoor deck for when the sun makes an appearance.

 The Burgundian Tavern | 2253 N 56th Street, Seattle | (206) 279-2437

Trifecta Three: Saint John’s Bar and Eatery in Capitol Hill

Saint John’s Bar and Eatery comes to us from the ex-rockers (of Faith No More and Kultur Shock fame) behind Queen Anne’s Solo. The new Capitol Hill spot named for the apartments above it resides in the former home of Rosebud. Munch on uncomplicated classics with a twist, like the Saint John’s Burger or the Mac ‘N Mornay. Drinks consist of cleverly-concocted cocktails and a short but well-selected wine and beer list.

Saint John’s Bar and Eatery | 719 E. Pike Street, Seattle | (206) 245-1390