“If you’re a fan of barbecue sampler plates and want it all in a sandwich, the Smokestack at Seattle’s new Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen is just for you.”

Jay Friedman

Serious Eats

“Owners Nate Opper and Zak Melang, of Matador fame, get the atmosphere just right at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen in Ballard, where booze meets barbecue and a host of other Southern-inspired vittles.”

Providence Cicero

Seattle Times

“Luckily, the Kitchen works. It’s not only better than it has to be for a beautiful spot with a well-stocked bar on a happening corner, it’s almost—dare I say—kick-butt good.”

Rebekah Denn

Seattle Magazine

“They’ve fitted a repurposed warehouse with custom everything, from the diamond-plate mesquite grill/smokers, to a massive U-shaped bar and a steel tower of bourbon”

Thrillist Seattle

“It’s comfort food for the soul at its meatiest – Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen opens today in Ballard and they have plenty of finger lickin’ goodness to offer.”

Tyler King


“Perks of the place include a patio overlooking Salmon Bay and a handsome, horseshoe-shaped bar that will tender a mindblowing amount of dark liquor. The chandeliers are pretty cool too.”

Christopher Werner

Seattle Met

“When new things happen in Ballard, they usually get done well, but they don’t often get done big. Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen, the new concept from the boys behind Matador, makes its presence known from the get-go in a big way.”

Cody Bay

Seattle Magazine

“The food, drink and flavors of America’s broad southland. Barbecue, brisket, pulled pork, rib-eye steaks, gumbo, grits, catfish. Chicken with buttermkilk biscuits. Sweet potato pie. A bar heavy on bourbon and rye.”

Seattle Eater

“The menu screams Southern comfort, with everything from sandwiches filled with house-made pulled pork and beef brisket to fried chicken and biscuits to sides of four cheese macaroni, crusted with a bacon breadcrumb. They smoke their meats in their house smoker, situated right next to their open-view kitchen.”

My Ballard

“Ballard’s newest eatery promises to be equally ideal for kicking up your heels or your boots.”

Deanna Duff

Seattle News Tribune