Look no further – traditional Oaxacan food awaits you in Ballard.

I was beginning to lose hope that there’s any authentic Mexican food in Seattle. Low and behold, a friend took me to La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard and my faith is restored. You won’t find gobs of cheese piled on runny refried beans here – the food is fresh, well-seasoned and to top it off, inexpensive. The place can get packed, but the food and wait are worth it.

This old school Ballard hangout is sure to deliver for eats, drinks, and the game.

Am I partial because The Loft is an official Gonzaga bar?  Absolutely.  That aside, there’s never a shortage of non-zags in the multi-floor, multi-tooled hangout on the southern end of the Ballard Avenue.  The Loft’s bottom line is a good time, whether it be shuffelboard, pool, darts, or breakfast at 6am on St. Paddys day.

Ballard’s oldest bar doesn’t look a day over 97, thanks to its satisfying brunch menu.

Some Seattleites might be appalled at the idea of pairing breakfast — the day’s most important meal — with an alcoholic beverage. Sometimes, however, the holidays call for it — the extensive celebration with abrasive relatives where a copious supply of wine is your only refuge, for example.