Dot’s Delicatessen - Fremont
Credit: Seattle Mag / Haley Young
Masters of meat. House-made sausages and charcuterie at restaurants have excited diners for at least a decade now, but at Dot’s Delicatessen, the butcher shop/luncheonette/takeout joint in upper Fremont, what’s new is the prominence that the meat craft takes. The display case, filled with neat rows of sausages, layered terrines and gorgeous hunks of dry-aged meat, is both the décor and the main event. A little cook smoke in the air, some classic New Wave on the stereo, a few vintage butcher posters above the banquette—that’s about it for ambiance. But that’s all you need to accompany chef/owner Miles James’ handcrafted brats and hot dogs, Reubens and pulled-pork sammies (or, if you’re feeling Frenchy, his spot-on steak tartare). Oh, and did we mention the glorious hand-cut fries or the mustard-spiked potato salad? (The house subspecialty is potatoes.) In a single stroke, Dot’s has made lunch the day’s most luxurious meal, but if you want more for dinner, you can stop by in the early evening and get it to go from the takeout menu.
File under: Lunch is the new dinner, charcuterie, grass fed, house made, new neighborhood haunts, sandwich craze, gourmet takeout
See also: Salumi, Uli’s, Rain Shadow Meats, Skillet