Get your meat on, at this new Eastlake spot from the folks behind Bitterroot BBQ.

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Mammoth, a new beer and sandwich joint on Eastlake, is as retro as its name implies.

With a menu big on meats and thin on veggies, the eatery goes for a stick-to-your-ribs kind of full that can make you yearn for a nap (and a heart monitor).

As a committed carnivore, I was prepared to love Mammoth, which is owned by the same couple who run Bitterroot BBQ in Ballard.



2501 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle


Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Etc: Visa and MasterCard accepted; beer, cider, wine and a single vodka cocktail served; wheelchair accessible; lot and street parking

Prices: $-$$

I imagined us developing a long-term relationship, one in which I indulge in some calorie-loading that is worth the pain of exercise the next morning.

The signature sandwiches, served on rustic rolls, had heft, for sure. But several lacked the depth of flavor you would expect in a sandwich so large and priced from $9 to $12. The spot is relatively new, so it’s possible they’re still tweaking things. Meanwhile, a little Sriracha sauce will perk things up.

The menu: Build your own from the basics (one type of meat and cheese with assorted condiments and veggies for $8), or order from the “signature” menu. Among the signature offerings: the “Hunter,” steak, peppers, onions, mushrooms, salami, provolone and aioli ($11); the “Irish Elk,” corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and 1,000 Island dressing ($11); the “Caveman,” meatballs, salami, tomato sauce, provolone, Romano, basil ($11); the “Predator,” fried chicken leg, pork belly, Swiss, arugula, roasted red peppers, caper aioli ($12); and the “Herbivore,” fried eggplant, roasted red peppers, charred onions, arugula and goat cheese ($9). Sandwiches come with house-made potato chips, cooked to the point where they’re firm but not crisp.

What to write home about: The roast beef on the “Mastadon” ($9) is terrific. The “Caveman” had the best balance of flavors for our taste.

The setting: An industrial cafeteria vibe with counter service, and seating for about 60 in various configurations. The bar faces a wall of 48 taps, dispensing beer and cider.

Summing up: A “Caveman,” a “Hunter,” a “Predator” and a can of soda came to $38.86, including tax.