Around Freemont

Gasp, Gina and I did something that didn’t involve boats yesterday!

We spent the day walking around Fremont (in my opinion they best neighborhood in Seattle).

First we stopped at the very cute 35th Street Bistro to split Bistro Frites (with parm, chives, and creme fraiche) and a Croque Monsieur (country ham, gruyere, bechemel on brioche). Very yummy – have to come back to this place for dinner sometime.

35th Street Bistro

Then we walked down the History House. I’ve driven by this place a dozen times and always wondered what it was. It’s a very cool museum with tons of historic photos of Seattle area neighborhoods. And it’s only a $1 donation. You should definitely check it out if you’re ever down there.

History House, Fremont, WA
A ship is tipped on it’s side to fit through the Ballard Locks. They had tons of really interesting photos about the construction of the locks, clipper ships going through the locks, etc.

History House, Fremont, WA
The Denny Regrade under construction. The huge piles that remain were residents who refused to sell (I guess this was way before eminent domain was used for large scale construction). The guy working at the History House said that most of those homes were saved by digging dirt out from below them and slowly lowering them down.

History House, Fremont, WA

History House, Fremont, WA

We then walked around the shops for bit.

Around Freemont

And stopped by the Theo Chocolate Factory – which has free samples and a factory tour (although we were too late for the tour).

Theo Chocolate, Fremont, WA

After a final stop for a quick pint at Brouwer’s Cafe (great beer, pretty terrible food) we headed back to the car. On the way back Gina showed me Chiso’s – which looks like a must do sushi/Japanese stop soon… really cool atmosphere and what looks like a great menu.