SEATTLE — It's the ooey-gooey fish treat known as Lutefisk.

"It's a dried stockfish that then is reconstituted in lye," explains Scandinavian Specialties store manager Jennifer Ingham.

Every year, Ballard SeafoodFest's Lutefisk eating contest gets all they need from this one-of-a-kind neighborhood store.

Ingham says, "Our motto is 'All things Nordic.'"

A Ballard icon since 1962, Scandinavian Specialties is the kind of place where a native Norwegian like Turi Eide finds everything she needs.

"The fishcakes. I like everything about them," Eide says.

The lightly breaded rockfish cakes are the store's best sellers.

"Hands-down," Ingham says.

In addition to food, they also serve up plenty of clothing and gift items. So if you're looking for a truly Scandinavian adventure, head due Norse to Ballard's Scandinavian Specialties.

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