For your next date night, skip the steak dinner and take a trip to the south. Not literally, though (the babysitter isn’t that patient!). Thanks to the recent advent of tasty barbecue restaurants in Seattle, you won’t have to venture far. Our friends at Seattle Magazine share their top picks for finger-licking BBQ in Ballard. Allison Austin Scheff writes:

This stylish corner spot on Ballard Avenue (in the old Acme Rubber Stamp space) opened in January, and features reclaimed wood, exposed brick and serious barbecue. All the meat is dry-rubbed and slow-smoked; burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches arrive on chewy pretzel buns, and four tasty sauces—sweet classic, spicy chipotle, hot vinegar and Carolina mustard—await at the table. Wash it all down with a local beer or a swig from the healthy selection of whiskeys. 5239 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.588.1577;

Is your mouth watering yet? Keep reading Seattle Magazine’s full article here.

This is our weekly guest post from our friends at Seattle Magazine, which keeps readers on the pulse of restaurants, personalities, arts, entertainment and culture that reflect the tapestry of our dynamic landscape. We’ve teamed up for an exciting partnership to bring you a weekly dose of fantastic Date Night ideas throughout greater Seattle.