Evening Magazine's Kim Holcomb heads inside the Ballard Annex Oyster House that invites you to get a little rambunctious.
"We like to blend the style of a dive bar with a fine dining restaurant," said R.J. Minard, Ballard Annex Oyster House general manager.
The restaurant also blends the old with the new. The historic building was a department store in 1908; later, it became a car dealership and a printing press for the Ballard News Tribune.
These days its an open, airy inviting restaurant where the critical ingredient for every item on the menu is "fresh."
"Every day we're getting oysters that are pulled right off the beach for us," said Minard.
Locally sourced, simple and delicious - but the atmosphere may be the biggest draw at Ballard Annex Oyster House.