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