This view of sunset hill in Ballard from the perspective of Shilshole Bay is how I know Ballard best, but there is also a vibrant community of restaurants, shops and nightlife in the "New Ballard" as the area transforms from the elderly Norwegian community that I was raised in, to a young professional district bursting with new condos, apartments and the new infrastructure that supports it.

I tend to frequent places that have been around for a while but am not afraid to check out new and adventurous destinations. I'm starting a list of links here to some of my preferred businesses.