That’s right folks, cheese curds, in Ballard! Having spent several years in Minnesota, I can't tell you how excited I was to see cheese curds featured on the appetizer menu. And let me tell you, they were good. Maybe not as good as the ones you get at Schroder's Concessions at the MN State Fair, but pretty darn close. For those of you who haven't ventured into one of the newer places in Ballard, Zayda Buddys, 5404 Leary Avenue NW, I suggest you do so soon. Their menu offers a wide range of Midwest favorites, from tatter tot casserole (or as I prefer, hot dish) to a stuffed bacon and bleu burger. The house salad has a nice twist of beets and avocados and the pizzas are delicious, but a little pricy. They even have a rotating $5 Minnesota Martini during happy hour. Yesterday’s was a schooner of Anchor Steam and a generous shot of Marker’s Mark. Zayda Buddys also carries several Midwest inspired ales, such as Schell’s and Grain Belt Premium. What better place to have a Minnesota inspired restaurant than Ballard!