Ballard is the cradle of Scandinavian life in Seattle. Yet there are only a few enduring places that represent Ballard's Nordic food scene. An exception: Skål, Adam McQueen’s modern interpretation of a Viking mead hall, which aims for a rustic feel with long tables, exposed brick, and a stone fireplace. The kitchen is run by the chef and aquavit distiller at the erstwhile Old Ballard Liquor Company which closed in July, who simply goes by the name Lexi. “Updated, approachable Viking food” is how Lexi describes the menu—game meat skewers of venison, elk, and goose alongside rotisserie pork, or maybe even roasted rabbit, plus deep-fried potato with bacon, smoked barley arancini-style balls, grilled sausages, cheese and pickled herring boards.