Best New Thing in Ballard

TO ALL THOSE CURRENTLY LIVING IN BALLARD AND IT’S SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS- PLEASE BE FOREWARNED. YOU ARE ABOUT TO LOSE ALL THE CASH IN YOUR POCKETS AND CHANGE IN YOUR PIGGY BANK.

HIDE YOUR KIDS. HIDE YOUR WIFE.

Red Mill Burger is opening a new location in Ballard tomorrow and you definitely won’t want to share with them.

If you don’t know what Red Mill Burger is… well honestly shame on you. According to Oprah (yes, the one and only), Red Mill is home to one of 20 burgers in the nation you should eat before you die. And Seattle Weekly has named its namesake as the best burger in Seattle for the last 10 years in a row. And as if that wasn’t enough to lure you in, Red Mill caught the attention of the Food Network and brought Man vs Food to the Northwest in 2009 to sample it’s amazingness.

Currently there are restaurants in Phinney Ridge and Interbay, with lines of drooling people often leading out the door. My favorite is the Bacon Deluxe w/Cheese- I swear it actually melts in your mouth. And don’t forget the shake, you won’t regret it. The butterscotch milkshake is absolutely to die for and well worth the loosening of the belt you’ll have to do to account for it. Red Mill only accepts cash or check, so be sure to come prepared or else you’ll be forced to solemnly find an ATM and get back into the lengthy line. If you live in Ballard, I’m jealous. This is the best thing to happen to Ballard since Cupcake Royale.

In other news-

I wanted to share with you some fun shenanigans from the weekend (both my experiences and experiences of some friendly TWIF supporters). I have it on good authority that The Elysian’s Pumpkin Beer Festival was well worth the trip to Georgetown. And that the experience of drinking booze from a giant pumpkin was well worth the 20$. A highlight of the event was the Elysian’s PABST, a combination of pumpkin brew and bourbon. If you come across it when you’re out you should definitely order it, you’ll be glad you did!

I ventured down south to visit the Carpinito Brother’s pumpkin patch in Kent and cannot recommend it enough. There’s something about walking through the tons and tons and tons of pumpkins and finally finding your perfect match. I dragged a friend along with me and was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t retreat back to the car in shame after watching me childishly jump up and down when I found mine. After completing the long trek back to the main lot (honestly you’d be surprised by how big this patch is) we debated going through the corn maze but decided to spend the money on veggies instead. This may have been the smartest decision I ever made, as the apples were only a dollar a pound and were easily the  best I’ve ever had. As a Washingtonian that’s a big statement- I know. But I’m munching on one right now (3rd in 16 hours) and am contemplating driving back just for the apples alone.

In honor of the Husky game coming up on Saturday I’ve decided to carve my pumpkin like this :) Feel free to e-mail your best pumpkin creations to amber@theworldisfun.org and you just might see yours posted on the blog!

-Amber Carrigan