Matador

Written by on June 15, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(matadorrestaurants.com) – Ballard neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: Late-night happy hour at a bustling and crowded restaurant caught my attention years ago, and now I return for their great happy hour prices and large portions!

Type of cuisine: Gourmet Tex-Mex in a tequila bar.

Ambiance: A place to go with friends to watch the game while you have a bite to eat, to soak up the bustling atmosphere, where you find unique woodworking, antique light fixtures, custom ironwork, and the warmth of an open fireplace. The space is large and open, with booth and bar seating available. The lighting is very dim (at night) so food and friends are hard to see clearly, but the ambiance is very much geared toward the young professionals looking for a fun, late-night venue to eat and talk.

What I ordered: On this trip, there were three of us who all ordered one snack to share from the happy hour menu (4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.). Between the three of us, we had one order of nachos ($5), and two virgin Mojitos ($4 each).

What I loved: The nachos are always a hit, with much to spare and much to share! Presented as a mountain of black beans, cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole, layered with chips and cheese, baked in the oven to crisp perfection.

Why I loved it: The space feels like a go-to venue for a decent late-night snack, large portions at a very reasonable cost and no need to feel like you have to get dressed up or dress down to enter.

Cost: Low ($5 for each happy hour item)

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