At first glance, Home Remedy seems like another neighborhood store — metal pantry shelves lined with jars, cans and boxes. But look closer: This is a Tom Douglas production.
Those brats you love from Bravehorse Tavern are in the freezer. Stacks of sauces and spreads from Serious Pie, Lola’s, Tanaka San and Dahlia Bakery. In the deli section, all the meats and breads are either made in house or in other Douglas kitchens.
Home Remedy is located inside the Assembly Hall complex, next to other Douglas restaurants and shops. Unlike his other ventures, however, Home Remedy is focused on quick bites and food to go.
The menu: It’s a short, deli list, though more ambitious than your typical soup-and-sandwich joint. Foods are spin offs on lunch staples such as Indian-style burritos ($8-$11) and rice bowls similar to those found at Teriyaki joints. Sandwiches ($8.50-$12) and soups ($4-$6) are popular here. You can also grab a slice of pizza or dig into the salad bar.
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What to write home about: The intensely beefy meatloaf is not your grandma’s version — it’s smoked, salty and flavorful and stuffed between slices of white pullman bread. The Frankie is listed as an Indian-style burrito, but it’s closer in texture to a roti. It’s a Mumbai variation of a Kati roll and comes with your choice of protein or vegetarian variation and also filled with curry potato, egg, lime pickled onion, cilantro and lime yogurt and other Indian flavors. Mine came with moist pieces of cardamon-scented lamb.
What to skip: The stack of pastrami was too dry, and the modest serving of Russian dressing didn’t make the sandwich go down any easier.
The setting: Your typical gourmet-food shop with lots of favorites from Douglas’ restaurants — like the lasagna from Cuoco — that you can take home to heat up.
Summing up: A meatloaf sandwich ($11), a pastrami ($12) on rye, a chicken rice bowl ($9) and a Lamb Frankie-style burrito ($11) totaled $47.09, enough to feed four.
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle