Some things start suspicious, only to end up legendary.
And for the first time, "inexpensive sushi" belongs in this category.
Unlike most happy hours and all-you-can-eat buffets catering to the hungry yet indiscriminant, Billy Beach Sushi in Ballard serves up buttery sashimi and umami-rich rolls at seriously affordable prices.
The happy hour menu, which only disappears for prime time (7:30-10p) and is offered all day Sunday, tops out at $15 for a generous selection of omakase sashimi. That means chef’s choice and Billy Beach, also co-owner and executive chef at downtown’s Japonessa, definitely knows his stuff.
Other menu standouts include the agedashi tofu, a deep-fried delicacy served atop silky dashi sauce. Tempura, fried oysters, and chicken kara age round out the Japanese comfort-food classics.
Drinks are cheap, too — $3 hot sake and Sapporo, $4 house wines — but feel free to opt for spendier cocktails heavy on housemade ingredients. Bonus: Through May 23, happy hour is all evening long.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Ballard Crunch roll; chicken kara age; agedashi tofu
Nearby: The Walrus & The Carpenter; Hazlewood; Pestle Rock