Food & Culture
Ballard’s Sawyer Delights With Playful, Refined Dishes
A veteran of Lark finds his own voice in the best new restaurant in Ballard
By Chelsea Lin November 30, 2018
The menu of shareable plates is light-hearted but substantial: oxtail nachos ($17), cheesy bread with ’nduja and pimento cheese ($8) and s’more choco tacos ($9) are all hits. They draw on Mayers’ family history of running concession stands at fairs. With dishes like the excellent rotisserie porchetta (served with house-made flatbread, $32), he also shows off the skills that earned him Seattle’s top spot for two years running in the annual Cochon555 porcine cooking competition. “I love junk food,” he says. “I think it’s fun, approachable food.”
Mayers is hoping this will become a neighborhood staple. I just wish I lived next door.
MUST TRY: Although the choco tacos are excellent and shouldn’t be missed, also be sure to order Mayers’ version of a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar, which comes covered in a Theo dark chocolate magic shell and is presented stuck vertically in a bowl of cookie dough semifreddo ($4).
Ballard, 5309 22nd Ave. NW, Suite A; 206.420.7225
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