Food

GreenGo Food
5402 20th Ave. N.W.
206-783-1402
http://greengofood.com/
Tues & Wed 11:00 - 7:00;
Thurs. & Fri. 11:00 - 9:00;
Sat. 11:00 - 7:00 (until May, then later)
Sun. 11:00 - 3:00, closed Monday

How can we not like a cute little non-chain establishment like this, where one can get a big ol' natural juicy burger, where the emphasis is on organic, local and sustainable foods, and where an advertising blitz means extra chalk writing on the sidewalk?

Indeed, GreenGo Food (a Japan- sounding business name if ever there was one) is all of things and more. And less. But mostly more.

Billing itself as "Fast food with a conscience in the heart of Ballard," GreenGo Food has been open since February in the spot most recently occupied by Patty Pan Grill, which has now moved their focus entirely to farmer's market fare.

At GreenGo, organic cheeseburgers ($8.5) rule the roost, along with a smallish menu dotted soup, a small salad, a few hot-non-sando items (like the cheesy Polenta Royale). But competing for top dog on the menu is something not even listed on the regular menu, which is the fried egg sandwich ($5).

04/20/2009
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Jim Anderson

GreenGo Food is located "in the heart of Ballard," at 5402 20th Ave. N.W., or just follow the chalk arrows.

Thursday, April 30, local diners will stand up against AIDS by sitting down at their favorite restaurant during Greater Seattle’s Dine Out For Life. 

At least four restaurants in West Seattle and more than 150 throughout the city and suburbs will donate 30 percent of their proceeds from that day—including breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner—to  Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Northwest’s leading AIDS Service Organization.

Now in its 16th year, Dine Out For Life has become a community tradition.  The last Thursday of every April, restaurants across the region join together to raise funds to fight against AIDS. 

Proceeds help support Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s critical care services for people living with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses.  These services include the Chicken Soup Brigade Food Program, housing and case management. 

West Seattle area participating venues include:

Abbondanza Pizzeria, 6503 California Ave. S.W., 935-8989

Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill, 4752 California Ave. S.W., 937-1514

Buddha Ruksa, 3520 S.W. Genessee St., 937-7676

04/15/2009
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Dining Out For Life starts here April 30 at four West Seattle restaurants.

Thursday, April 30, local diners will stand up against AIDS by sitting down at their favorite restaurant during Greater Seattle’s Dine Out For Life. 

At least nine restaurants in the greater Ballard area, and more than 150 throughout the city and suburbs, will donate 30 percent of their proceeds from that day—including breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner—to  Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Northwest’s leading AIDS Service Organization.

Now in its 16th year, Dine Out For Life has become a community tradition.  The last Thursday of every April, restaurants across the region join together to raise funds to fight against AIDS. 

Proceeds help support Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s critical care services for people living with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses.  These services include the Chicken Soup Brigade Food Program, housing and case management. 

Participating restaurants in the Ballard area:

Alexa's Garden Cafe, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., 349-0338

74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N., 784-2955

Cafe Vita, 4301 Fremont Ave. N., 632-3535

04/15/2009
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Dining Out For Life, starts here at nine Ballard area restaurants April 30 and all over the city.

A recipe created with West Seattle Farmer's Market ingredients

Reusable tote bag in hand, I wandered among the canopied tents in search of the freshest local produce; I sought inspiration for soup.

I am usually an avid recipe follower, but my broth-based meals are typically prepared on whim, consisting of anything I can find in my pantry, refrigerator, or herb garden. The year-round West Seattle Farmers Market was the perfect location to stir my senses and motivate a new recipe.  

Whether chicken noodle or lobster bisque, I typically look for ingredients in five categories: vegetables, herbs and aromatics, proteins, starches, and liquids. Chopped veggies sautéed in olive oil provide an excellent flavor base for a clear soup and the organic baby leeks at Full Circle Farm were jumping at the chance to fill the role.

04/14/2009
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Lacey M. Lybecker

Reader Lacey M. Lybecker made fresh Cannellini Bean, Potato, and Baby Leek Soup with ingredients purchased at the West Seattle Farmer's Market. Click the image for more photos.

Ballard's four downtown sushi restaurants compete for sushi supremacy

Downtown Ballard, once a one-sushi-restaurant area, is now a hotbed of sushi options.

Sam's Sushi Bar & Grill at 5506 22nd Ave. N.W. is the longest-tenured, having opened eight years ago.

In the past half-year, three new restaurants have opened nearby, challenging the dominance of Sam's.

Shiku Sushi opened Sept. 29 at 5310 Ballard Ave. N.W. and Moshi Moshi Sushi followed closely behind, opening Feb. 3 a few doors down.

O'shan Sushi became the most recent addition to the neighborhood when it opened March 26 in the former Austin Cantina space at 5809 24th Ave. N.W.

In the video, representatives for the four restaurants discuss what makes their sushi unique and the spirit of competition that has sprung up in the neighborhood.

04/13/2009
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Michael Harthorne

Four sushi restaurants compete for customers in downtown Ballard.

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