Ballard has changed so much in the past decade that at some points, it is unrecognizable. The Matador is bringing in the bridge, tunnel and expressway, meatmarket striped shirt crowd, so if that's not your bag, steer clear. You pass the new boutiques, renovated shops, expensive decor, and then you get a whiff of smoke, bourbon and omelttes as you pass Hatties and you sense the true spirit of old ballard. Hatties is holding down the old school flag and minus the repainted sign and back of the building, it hasn't changed much--step back in time. There are very few places where people of all backgrounds can sit together and have a drink, talk about random topics and have a good laugh. The breakfasts are great, the bartenders are awesome and the drinks are consistently strong. I miss the old 45 jukebox which had a copy of the Replacements "I'm in Trouble" and various Cash singles, but they still play great tunes.