Seattle is the center of the universe for cured meat. Here are a few places to satisfy your craving for charcuterie.
This is one of those dream spots where you want to order one of everything. At lunch that includes a dynamite oyster po'boy, the sloppy good barbecue pork sammie and a pork belly banh mi. Evenings should involve seafood, letting the kitchen showcase whatever is fresh and in season. All meals should be prefaced by the crab-topped deviled eggs and an expertly crafted cocktail.
Sure, there are lines. So what? No matter what you order when you get inside, it's going to be worth the wait. All-time faves include the meatball sandwich, the daily pasta, the incredibly satisfying soups and the hot meat plate with a little bit of everything. Help yourself to a glass of wine on the table and pay for it on the way out. During the holiday season, do not miss the rum cake!
Chef Brian Scheehser takes farm-to-table to a whole new level, culling produce from a 10-acre farm not far from this inviting spot in the stylish Heathman Hotel. Huge props for the pickle program the kitchen manages. Tart accents show up on all sorts of dishes including a pepper relish on the lamb burger. The pastry chef has got some mad skills, so save room for something sweet. Wish the wine list was better at showcasing the Woodinville producers.
Start with a well-made cocktail and those addictive housemade chips. Then wander down Tamara Murphy's seasonally driven menu. The deviled duck eggs are motherclucking magnificent. Carnivores will cheer the roast bone marrow and assorted porky goodness. A beautiful room and a spectacular rooftop garden deck completes this portrait of culinary goodness.
Yay meat! This sweet little spot from chef Ethan Stowell is smack next door to his busy seafood place, Anchovies & Olives. This is the turf to that surf, celebrating charcuterie and craft cocktails, it's a terrific way to start your evening. Feel like sticking around? Well, there are all sorts of interesting flatbread-style pizzas to munch on and assorted salads, too. In other words, Bar Cotto is a very cool place to hang out.
A super groovy new tapas place from the owners of Honore Bakery in Ballard. Try the charcuterie plate, a beautiful assortment of cured meats from Europe and the Northwest. The sandwiches burst with flavor, built on terrific bread from Columbia City Bakery and there's always sangria on tap. On the ground floor of one of the new soulless condos on Capitol Hill, but after a couple glasses of wine, that won't matter as much.