Going “Up” on a Tuesday

The myth, the legend, the balloons. After years of knowing about the sacred home (and inspiration for tear-jerking film “Up”) the voyage finally happened on a soggy Spring afternoon. The real story closely resembles the movie, but instead of a grumpy old man, Seattle had their very own elderly woman who remained devoted to her home and neighborhood until she took her last breath.

Visiting┬áthe house is much less awkward than you’d think. It’s a happy place filled with visitors that bring balloons to tie onto the fence surrounding the home. Young children, families, couples, and even a few hipsters were paying their respects on an unassuming afternoon.

You probably won’t hang around for very long, but thankfully there’s a lot to do (and eat) in Ballard where the infamous house is located. We chose to pay a visit to bitterroot, which caught our eyes after a previous visit to neighboring Percy’s.

Bitterroot focuses their fare on Southern BBQ influences with Pacific Northwest flair. Happy Hour runs from 3pm-6pm Monday through Friday, and 11pm-1am every night they’re open. Highlights include cheddar grits (USE THE VINEGAR!), a lovely creamed old fashioned, and freshly fried hush puppies. The best part? Everything on the Happy Hour menu is priced at a humble $5 or less.

Paid parking surrounds the building but a quick trip one block south of Bitterroot will lead you to free “back in only” parking. Don’t forget to ask the servers about the different sauces available, they’ve got a great staff full of advice to make your hour just a little bit happier.

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