Tumble Swede Pop-Up Restaurant

Celebrating the Scandinavian Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

TumbleSwede celebrates New Nordic cuisine from the Pacific Northwest. We believe that regional food tradition here can be found in the kitchens and gardens of our Scandinavian founders.

Washington State was settled heavily by Swedish, Danish and Norwegian pioneers, who brought their own complex food traditions and cultures to a new land, but quickly adapted them to the ingredients they found in this area. As the generations moved along, food traditions like foraging for seasonal forest produce, hunting, fishing and preserving foods for the winter became ingrained and second nature to anyone living outside of the cities.

So what defines Nordic cuisine? Typically it finds flavor in its techniques instead of spices. Depth and complexity comes from just-picked produce in the summer and from the smoking, pickling, and fermenting that kept foods through the winter.

This isn't your grandmother's cliché 1950's food, ergo we don't serve meatballs or pancakes. Instead, it's fresh, vibrant, modern, uniquely American, clearly Scandinavian and unmistakably Northwest.

To anyone (like us) who grew up with a Skagit Valley grandmother who kept a large vegetable garden and fruit trees; Arlington families that made a trip each autumn to gather mushrooms in the forested foothills of the Cascades; Poulsbo fathers who went fishing in the afternoon to catch that evening's dinner; Spring Sundays spent picking sweet new strawberries or Autumn Saturdays spent canning the garden's bounty...

We remember too. We hope you enjoy it!

Farm to table: A bit tricky in winter, but in high demand


The struggle is real! Real seasonal winter food is so limited that many Nordic restaurants close completely from January-April or so. And let's be honest, there's only so many variations of pickled beets a person wants to see during a meal.

At our small cafe inside the Old Ballard Liquor Co., we source a lot of hothouse produce this time of year, and try to keep it as quality and close to home as possible.


[01/08/17]   We're taking a break for popups for a while while we focus on our cafe at the Old Ballard Liquor Co. you should stop by and check it out!

Celebrating the Kräftskiva: a Swedish Crayfish Party Tradition


Here's a beautiful feature about our recent Crayfish Party in Seattle...


www.outside-oslo.com A few weeks ago, before the season began its visible transition from summer to fall, I took part in one of the most charming of Scandinavian celebrations, the kräftskiva, or Swedish crayfish party.…

[07/06/16]   Tumble Swede is popping up not once, but TWICE in July! We will be at the Ballard Seafood Fest and are proud to be the only Scandinavian booth at Seattle's iconic Bite of Seattle.

Come visit us at our big booth at Ballard Seafood Fest on July 9 & 10 for gourmet Scandinavian sandwiches like pickled herring and apple or smoked salmon with dilly mustard.

Or, try one of our hot entrees, including Tunnebrödsrulle or our own recipe for smoked-then-fried herring with real mashed potatoes and cucumber salad!

For the Bite of Seattle July 15-17, we'll be offering classic Swedish shrimp sandwiches, our own pickled herring and and freshly fried dilly potato chips.

We hope to see you there!

Our new cafe is open at the Old Ballard Liquor Co! Stop in for some shareable plates paired with our very own Aquavit.

This cafe is a smaller, more casual version of our full popup restaurant, and offers a limited menu on weekdays, full menu on weekends.

Hope to see you here!

Old Ballard Liquor Co.

So a Scandinavian Cafe walks in to Ballard and says...

Seattle lacks Scandinavian restaurants, which is crazy considering how many Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians live here. The Old Ballard Liquor Co. is going to fix that, but needs your help to fund the final phase of plumbing and permits.

Click the link below for details and to find out how you can help. Don't forget to share!


Torsk Filet, or Cod Fillet, is a staple in all parts of Scandinavia. It is such an important staple that "Codfish Clubs" exist all over the world to celebrate this simple delicacy.

For our fourth course, we're not fussing with the fish too much, instead opting for a simple preparation of fish with dill, turnip, and a rich, roasty broth.

It's #AquavitWeek! Join us at the Teachers Lounge tonight for Scandinavian snacks and Aquavit cocktails.


Culinary Team

Jason Harris (Showa, Bloom)
Lexi (Old Ballard Liquor Co.)




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4609 14th Ave NW, # 108
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