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Chippy's

Loved it. This is the kind of casual (well, it's not Ivar's-casual, but casual enough) seafood place that I've always wondered why Seattle doesn't have more of. Delicious crab roll, though I do wish it would have come on a buttered split top bun rather than a bahn mi roll, though they probably would have to make their own buns and maybe they are trying to put a west coast spin on things. Cod and chips (great fries, very potato-y), delicious. Shrimp ceviche, very nice. There is almost nothing on the menu that doesn't sound good to me. Full bar, good space.

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  1. Y'know, that little piece of real estate is going to implode into a foodie singularity if they add any more great restaurants there... Staple & Fancy, Barnacle. and Walrus & Carpenter, and now apparently Chippy's, too!

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    1. re: Booklegger451

      Hi, Booklegger:

      Pretty much all the breathable air has been sucked out of Old Ballard, IMO. It's starting to resemble a $$$ food court for those living in the Stalinesque "condo"/apartment 'plexes.

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

      1. re: kaleokahu

        Problems with rapid growth aside, you won't hear me complaining about the good food in the 'hood. I sure don't long for the days when Yankee Diner, Denny's and Louie's were the main restaurants, when there was no farmer's market...

        1. re: christy319

          Word to that.

          1. re: christy319

            You weren't very imaginative if you think YD, Denny's & Louie's were "the main restaurants" in Ballard.

            The Farmer's Market has been going since 1990--long before the national developers sunk their claws into Ballard.

      2. Good to know! We're heading there tomorrow night just because of the crab roll. Did you just find the roll falling apart or too hard?

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        1. re: venice4504

          It didn't fall apart--it held together very nicely in fact. I just think that type of Bahn Mi roll has no flavor. I don't really enjoy it on Bahn Mi, either. I can see why they use it--if it's a choice between that or either making their own buns, or using a harder, denser roll, it's probably the obvious choice.

          1. re: christy319

            Well we went last night and walked away a little disappointed. We ordered the crab louie, and order of fries and a "flight" of their dipping sauces.

            Both of our crab louie's had a lot of cartilage left on the meat as though it was (obviously) not cleaned well. For $17 the salad was on the small(er) side and 1/4 of the plate was tomatoes. Overall good flavor though.

            Fries were good. Thicker cut.

            The flight of sauces were all fine, 5 in all (remoulade, spicy mayo, tartar, cocktail and malt vinegar mayo) but besides the 4 non-cocktail ones honestly all tasted VERY similar and none of them had a kick or any real standout flavors. Remoulade was our favorite though.

            Glad we tried it out but doubt we'll be back.

            1. re: venice4504

              Hi, venice: "Glad we tried it out but doubt we'll be back."

              That's been my reaction at all the Ethan Stowell restaurants I've tried. Is there anything he does really well?

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              1. re: kaleokahu

                We literally live 2 blocks from How to Cook a Wolf and we've never been. So, if you find something he's good at please pass it on.

                1. re: venice4504

                  I'm waiting for his dumpling restaurant :)

        2. Tried it last night and was disappointed. Very small, uncomfortable space and very expensive food. We tried salmon & chips (two pieces - $17), halibut & chips (one card deck sized piece - $19) and clams & chips (handful of clams w/ bellies - $14). The seafood was ok - not any seasoning to speak of in the batter or protein, but the 5 dips were good. Chips were pretty usual large UK chip shop and nothing to write home about. Beers were outrageously overpriced at 12 oz pours (12 oz draughts were $5-$8).

          The salads and cold sandwiches looked good, but we didn't try any of them.

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          1. re: akq

            Unfortunately, I'm gathering this is part of the Empire's business plan.

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Yeah. Unfortunately, we used to go to Ivar's on 15th to cure our fish & chips craving and are seeking an easy replacement now that it's gone. Will have to try Ballard Bros next time.

              1. re: akq

                Hi, akq:

                Maybe you already know (or don't like), but A Pacific Inn in Fremont does a hellacious F&C. Actually, all of their food is quite good. The same fish goes in their tacos--one of the great values in town.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Thanks for the reco! We'll try it out.

                  1. re: akq

                    Hi, akq:

                    This is a little more daring, but McCormick & Schmicks occasionally will get fresh Hawai'ian Ono. If you ask nicely, they've been known to do it as F&C. Incomparable.

                    Aloha,
                    Kaleo

                  2. re: kaleokahu

                    Pacific Inn uses panko breading. Unconventional but the end product is so yummy! I really need to visit them again soon.

            2. Based on the comments and expectations here, I'm thinking it's unfortunately named. It's not a fish and chips place like Ivar's. They have it, but it's expensive, though I liked the cod quite a lot. The niche it fills is for the casual seafood spot--why we don't have places that serve crab rolls, salmon sandwiches, seafood salads, cocktails and ceviches, etc. and such all over town I've never understood. I've always wanted a place like the Market Grill, but cleaner, nearer to me and serving dinner, and Chippy's scratches that itch (someone will probably say Ballard Bros., but I think they're quite mediocre). The fact that it's got a bar is a plus.

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              1. re: christy319

                Have you tried 5 Hooks?

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  I haven't tried Chippy's, but I really enjoyed my entire 5 Hooks experience~ (went there on a Groupon). While the fish and chips were pretty good (for reference my fave are the halibut fish and chips at the George and Dragon), the standout for me was the grilled wild salmon. So good, especially with the teriyaki glaze they put on the side. Delicious onion rings, amazing service (and complimentary grilled squash!), friendly owner, and a good price value, I would definitely go back a second time to try other items on the menu :)

                  1. re: roolala

                    I asked my QA friends about it once and they steered me away, and the menu isn't appealing to me--there's so much fried, and the remainder either just doesn't sound great to me, or it's stuff I could make at home but probably better ie grilled salmon and coleslaw. If it was in my neighborhood I'd try it; maybe there's something I'd like.

                    1. re: christy319

                      Hi, Christy: "...there's so much fried..."

                      Um, as compared to a self-professed chip house? Or any other "casual" seafood place?

                      There are plenty of non-fried options at 5 Hooks, too. Let me know the next time you make chipotle lime prawns Newberg at home, and I'll bring the wine.

                      Aloha,
                      Kaleo

                2. re: christy319

                  Meh. ES named it Chippy's and half the entrees are fish & chips. Here is how ES describes it "Chippy’s Fish & Drink is an old-school chip shop in Ballard serving classic fish & chips alongside a bevy of old-school seaside specialties like Shrimp Louie and Dungeness Crab Rolls."

                  My expectations are that if you're charging me $19 for halibut & chips, it should be a lot better than the halibut & chips at Ivars (it was not). My expectation in Seattle is that if you're serving beer, you're not charging exorbitant prices for 12 oz glasses (they do). It seems to me that the resto is just too small and they have to make up for it by overcharging for everything. If the halibut & chips were great, I'd pay $19 in a heartbeat. But they weren't.

                  Glad to hear the other things on the menu are good. Maybe I'll be back to try them, but I'm not in any great rush given the disappointment on my first visit when we tried their signature fish & chips dishes.