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Hi-Life

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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  • Gabriel H.
    "Sunday night fried chicken is a must."(4 Tips)
    Katie Y.
    "Breakfast, pasta, fried chicken dinner, omelette, brussel sprouts"(5 Tips)
    Liz A.
    "Early Bird breakfast special '11 am is the best!"(3 Tips)
    Lyndsey N.
    "If you can find parking, the late-night happy hour is awesome."(17 Tips)
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  • Avneesh K.
    Avneesh KohliJuly 18, 2015
    Pancakes are delicate, fluffy and light. Waffles are golden. Potatoes are deliciously well-seasoned. Bacon was crisped to perfection. I can't recommend this place enough for brunch!
  • In Ballard
    In BallardJune 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great seasonal menu for any mean, but truly one of the best breakfasts InBallard! Great food served in a building that has been both a fire station and music venue, Hi-Life is about as Ballard as it g
  • Ron J.
    Ron JaMay 27
    I had the Croque Madame which was epic... Never a fan of over easy eggs, but the way the chef did this was on point-bacon,eggs,toast were just one delight after another for my taste buds. Go & Enjoy
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoFebruary 22, 2015
    Everything on the brunch menu is worth trying. French Toast and eggs scrambles were standouts. The red potatoes were also excellent. Stumptown serves as the house brew.
  • Jonny E.
    Jonny EJanuary 21, 2013
    Kids can "design" their sugar cookie for dessert with chocolate chips and sprinkles they bring out. Then they go bake it. Kids love it.
  • Seattle Happy Hour
    Seattle Happy HourApril 20, 2012
    Happy hour at Hi-Life is amazing! Happy hour all day on Tuesday and everyday from 3-6:30pm & 10-11pm, $3 drafts, wine & wells; $5 Bartender's Choice cocktails, $4 & $5 apps http://ow.ly/aoQnZ
  • Carrie T.
    Seriously yummy food. Good portions, basic American foods done really well. One of the top 3 corned beef hash I've found in Seattle!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HackmeisterOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Good rotating taps for lunch/dinner but this is one the best Ballard brunch spots. The french toast is massive and delicious. Plus you have to love the history of the building
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesJune 2, 2010
    American-anchored menus influenced by the Mediterranean. 10-inch apple-wood-fired pizzas come out blistered and burnished, the thin crust still supple. Burgers and steaks benefit from the oven, too. Read more
  • Jack S.
    Jack SafarMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I love this place. The bartenders are fantastic. The food is awesome! The 100 year old firehouse makes it that much more unique.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YeeJune 8, 2014
    Get the Ballard Market scramble. Chock full of tasty veggies and the potatoes are unreal
  • Cora
    CoraJanuary 31, 2011
    Love the Sunday fried chicken dinner. Flavorful, not-too-greasy, moist chicken, yummy potatoes, green beans and gravy. Come early, they do run out.
  • Meghan
    MeghanMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour except that it is only served in the bar area, which is a bummer for those of us with babies.
  • Gina R.
    Gina RomaFebruary 24
    The Happy Hour was really really good, the pizzas are a really good deal and you get quite a lot of food
  • Liz A.
    Liz AmillMay 13, 2013
    Early Bird breakfast special '11 am is the best! (Goat cheese & herb scramble with red potatoes and toast $5.75)
  • Scott H.
    Scott HoughtonMay 2, 2015
    Their eggs Benedict is wicked good, on a bed of spinach to do away with the English muffin works too!
  • Andrew
    AndrewJune 14, 2012
    Even if you're a carnivore give the Black Bean & Quinoa Burger a try! It's incredible and it's on the happy hour menu!
  • Jack S.
    Jack SafarFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    You must check out the "Not so early-bird" breakfast deals. 8:30-11a M-F. I recommend the Rosa's breakfast panino sandwich..YUM!
  • Lyndsey N.
    Lyndsey NNovember 30, 2014
    If you can find parking, the late-night happy hour is awesome. Try not to get lost on the way to the bathroom though! It's kind of a mission to get to it
  • Joonseok O.
    Joonseok OhJune 2, 2014
    The ahi sandwich was amazing. They also carry a good selection of local micro-brews on tap.
  • Jessica P
    Jessica PMay 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Dining with squirrelly kids? Get the "design your own cookie". They can decorate a raw cookie while you wait for your meals and then they'll bring it back cooked at the end of the meal.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DavidsonJanuary 3, 2015
    A place I would go to as my neighborhood spot if I lived in town. Great food. Especially breakfast.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CordodorOctober 25, 2011
    The Happy hour burger is worth every penny. If your hungry, compliment it with one of their flatbread pizzas!
  • Ales
    AlesSeptember 3, 2014
    You have to try their dark and stormy it's delicious! Make sure you come during hh.
  • Steven H.
    Steven HaberJuly 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Their specials sound great but I've never been able to order one because they are always sold out.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HApril 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Holy hells, the Spring 2013 breakfast special croque madame with bearnaise is phenomenal!
  • Clara T.
    Clara TMay 15, 2013
    Happy Hours:: Not-so-Early-Bird Everyday Tuesdays- All Night Mon-Fri, 8:30am-11am 3-6:30pm & 10pm-close 3pm-close
  • Norbert S.
    Norbert SzilagyiJanuary 2, 2013
    Captain's Bounty is an amazing cocktail. Caramel and cinnamon in one drink can't get any better.
  • Richard P.
    Richard PalmerOctober 25, 2010
    Try the burgers! Their beef is wonderful and melts in your mouth. Another thing you might like are their soups. Wonderful!
  • Anne M.
    Anne MartensOctober 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Biscuits are meh, but the Sunday fried chicken is excellent. Moist, not overspiced, not over-greasy, just really flavorful fried chicken. Get there early, they do run out.
  • Jack R.
    Jack ReevesApril 26
    This is a cool spot. Expansive bar and creative menu. Plus, they let me control the tv.
  • Sarah
    SarahNovember 6, 2011
    Get here when they open to avoid crowds. If you hit a long wait, steal a seat at the bar for no wait!
  • dee r.
    dee raoJuly 7, 2012
    You can get a half order of French toast if you're too stuffed for the real deal.
  • Marzanna
    MarzannaOctober 22, 2011
    Stationhouse # 18 is so much food; share with someone! Their biscuits are to die for!
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrahamAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried Chicken Dinner on Sunday is all you need to know. Get here early dinner time, they do sell out!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SmithAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Not so early bird breakfast specials are bomb. Try the corned beef hash. Do it.
  • Scott A.
    The bacon is phenomenal. They fry it in a glaze and cook it to perfection-not overly crispy or dry.
  • Ty G.
    Ty GarfieldSeptember 20, 2013
    I love this place; they don't bitch when I ask to hold the toast and taters.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RadfordAugust 13, 2013
    The lamb burger and steak fries are out of this world!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HeimerleOctober 9, 2010
    The pork chop is outstanding! Cuts like butter and the collard greens are awesome. Beware, it's a lot of food.
  • Drew L.
    Drew LuperJanuary 30
    The waffles are amazing! Seriously, Leslie Knope would eat here if she lived in Seattle.
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RoseAugust 28, 2014
    They made it easy to adapt a breakfast option to being a vegan meal...very accommodating and delicious.
  • Shannon N.
    Shannon NortonMay 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac and cheese is legit, especially if you love a little spice (as in spicy)!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenOctober 6, 2014
    Most exquisite French toast I have encountered
  • Eric B.
    Eric BergmanMarch 10, 2013
    Enchilada Stack for breakfast and Boundary Bay always on tap! Great combo!
  • Kitri M.
    Kitri McGuireJune 24, 2010
    Go on a weekday for their 6 amazing early bird $5 specials. It will change your life. Thank me later.
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SampsonJune 10, 2013
    Love sitting at the bar for a late breakfast. Love the one dude bartender...super nice.
  • Marie C.
    Marie CFebruary 3, 2011
    The migas and salmon been were amazing and flavorful! Great way to start the day!
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LundhApril 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic late night happy hour from 10pm-midnight!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle D.January 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Winner winner chicken dinner. Do it.
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