Dan Cowan (owner of Tractor Tavern) and Patti Bellafato (previously of Saltoro) teamed up to take over the former Tiger Tail space in Ballard. In December, they opened The Blue Glass (704 NW 65th St.; 206.420.1631; theblueglass.net), a casual but chic restaurant and bar named after a Picasso painting.
THE VIBE: Simple black chairs alongside a striated Sapele wood bar emanate understated refinement, while retro touches like vintage stereo speakers keep the ambiance interesting. The thoughtful space attracts a composed crowd of post-work locals who reflect the same relaxed, smart style.
THE FOOD: The straightforward “global comfort food” seasonal menu offers small plates, salads and entrées (all of which are available in the bar). You’ll find hints of the American South (crab hush puppies with orange fennel aioli dipping sauce, $8), Mexico (grilled chicken breast and mole negro, $16) and Asia (seared black cod with ponzu sauce, $17). An assortment of cheeses, pickled veggies and Zoe’s meats sates snacking needs ($3–$4).
THE DRINKS: Try a Melange or Pinot Grigio by Madrona’s Wilridge Winery ($6), served from casks. A range of local and international wines is available by the glass, plus six draft beers, including local ales from Hale’s and Boundary Bay ($4.50). Try a creatively crafted cocktail such as the 704 Manhattan, made with bourbon, sweet vermouth and blood orange bitters ($9).
THE BATHROOMS: Teal walls, a retro speaker and an industrial steel sink preserve the clean aesthetic.