Bitterroot BBQ: A User’s Guide
Classic American Barbecue | Dry-Rubbed Meats | Four House Sauces | Seasonal Sides | Well-Curated Drink List
Meat: sliced beef brisket, which Seattle Magazine lauded in it’s “Best Restaurants For Dinner 2013” feature, calling it “...smoky and tender, yielding easily to a fork.”
Sandwich: pulled pork with pickled red onions on a Tall Grass Bakery pretzel roll with cole slaw and pickled carrots
Sides: Baked Beans, Cheddar Grits, or Braised Greens
Drink That Pairs with Smoky BBQ Flavors:
An American bourbon, such as Bulleit, George Dickel, or Michter’s Sour Mash, or an American draft beer, such as Salted Caramel Porter from Oregon’s Breakside Brewing, Lazy Boy Brewing Hefeweizen out of Washington, or 2X IPA from New York’s Southern Tier.
While You’re Waiting
Admire the rustic, modern interior design scheme cooked up by architect Ryan Brooke Thomas, who decked out the dining area with reclaimed wood siding and chain-link partitions, and adorned the bar with forest green and black tile that offsets the zinc countertops.
Grab one of the nine cocktails, which range from classics such as the Old Fashioned to one-off creations such as The Beard, made with bourbon, lemon juice, peychauds, sugar, sparkling wine, and a lemon twist.
If you’re in the mood for something nostalgic, yet off-beat, order the Mac & Cheese. It’s made with a choice of two add-in ingredients, such as bacon lardons, roasted red peppers, or smoked jalapenos.
Don’t know much about bourbon? Enroll your taste buds in the Genealogy Flight, which, according to the cocktail menu, “traces the roots of bourbon from clear and ageless moonshine to bold and wise with age.”
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Build a BBQ-level appetite with a hike through Discovery Park.
After: Continue with the bourbon theme with a nightcap at Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen (5309 22nd Ave. NW)