Ballard peeps feeling lost after the closure of popular restaurant and bar Thaiku have reason to cheer up, as Pestle Rock is now open on Market Street. Pestle Rock occupies the spot, that was formerly home to Snoose Junction Pizzeria. It serves Isan Thai cuisine, and the name comes from a common technique used in that region: "'Rocking' the pestle grinds the spices that create the flavors of Isan (Northeast) Thai cuisine." Check out the menu, which is filled with dishes native to the region, instead of the typical Chinese and Thai dishes that litter most Thai eatery menus. The sweet back bar area and modern, sleek design will make it hard to recall the Snoose Junction aesthetic.
[Photos: S Pratt]