Historic Ballard, Washington

5309 22nd Ave NW 98107

206.783.2668 (BOOT)


Sun – Thu: 11am – 11pm
Fri and Sat: 11am – midnight

Happy Hour Daily: 3pm – 5 pm
Late Night Happy Hour:  last two hours

Brunch (Sat. & Sun.): 11 am – 3 pm


JR Gifford, General Manager

206+783+2668 (BOOT)




Private Events

Located just down the block is Grog, our private event space that accommodates up to 60 guests for a seated dinner, or up to 80 for a cocktail style. For information visit their website.

For employment opportunities you can reach us at: Info@KickinBoot.com.

About Kickin’ Boot

Kickin’ Boot evokes the memories of simpler times – food and drink made from scratch and served with a generous helping of Southern hospitality. Our robust lunch and dinner menus feature house-smoked meats, wood-fired steaks and hearty Southern fare. An extensive whiskey collection, sugarcane sodas and various wines and beers on tap help to emphasize and complement every meal.

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Nathan Opper

Nathan Opper leads the culinary direction and oversees the operations of Opper Melang Restaurants. His chief responsibilities include organizational management, menu engineering, and recipe development. A Michigan native, Nathan ventured to Seattle in the early 90s – a move that introduced him to fresh ingredients and diverse cuisines. His culinary interest sparked, Nathan took to reading cookbooks, practicing family recipes, and working in the food service industry. He has since traveled far and wide in pursuit of further culinary knowledge and, of course, exceptional flavors.

Despite traveling the world over, Nathan continually returns to the American South for its delicious BBQ and excellent whiskey. His passion for this regional cuisine led him to create the Whiskey Kitchen concept, which brings the best of Southern fare and hospitality to Seattle.

Zak Melang

Zak Melang offers the creative inspiration for Opper Melang Restaurants and is responsible for the design and décor of each concept. He leads the entire design process – from scouting restaurant locations and envisioning interior layouts, to designing furniture and hand-crafting aesthetic features. His appreciation of quality materials and superior craftsmanship paired with his extensive restaurant industry experience explain his innate aptitude for commercial interior design.

Design inspiration for Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen stems from the 1920s building that houses the restaurant as well as the industrial past of the neighborhood in which it is located. To craft the vintage industrial ambiance of the Kickin’ Boot, Zak preserved original building features, left raw materials exposed, and decorated with era-appropriate fixtures. His passion for design and attention to detail have come together to create a restaurant with an atmosphere as unique and memorable as the cuisine.