Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Airy, spacious, and awash in light wood, Ridgeback does uptown in a very Ballard, down home way.
Bubbles, Bloodies, or Black Coffee: The coffee is Stumptown and close to perfection. There are no Bloodies. A selection of well-chosen beers are available. The bubbles are Cook's, but served in a generous Mason jar with fresh juice of your choosing for the bargain price of $6.50.
Hungover, Hooked-up or Hanging with the Family: If a mimosa will do as your hair of the dog, the Ridgeback is not a bad hangover alternative. There are kids aplenty and large tables for family dining. This is a spot to take a hook-up who's looking for a place to chill and carb-load till the Tin Hat opens.
What's Cooking?: Honestly, I found myself at Ridgeback after I pulled up to Anita's --the longstanding Creperie --to find it very recently stripped to the fixtures. A quick Google search for Ballard and crepes assured me the Ridgeback was indeed open and available to provide a crepe fix with savory offerings like the The Phinney (Applewood-smoked bacon, roasted red bell peppers, tomato, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, spinach and egg, topped with poblano sauce and crème fraiche) and the The 65th (Avocado, sautéed mushrooms, egg, caramelized onions, spinach, pepper jack cheese. Topped with poblano sauce and crème fraiche) which are filling and large enough to share. Sharing is a wise choice as you'll want to leave room for a sweet treat like the Coco Banana (Fresh bananas, chocolate, toasted coconut and walnuts). The Ridgeback also offers waffles in sweet and savory varieties, fresh salads, soups and sandwiches like the Original Bean Wrap (Roasted yams, sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, black beans) and the Field Roast (Chipotle sausage, cheddar, mozzarella, and spinach, wrapped in a flour tortilla and grilled) when you feel like taking eggs out of your early afternoon equation.