Serving the best BBQ in Seattle, Bitterroot is a hot spot for BBQ connoisseurs and barhoppers. At dinner time, it is almost impossible to secure a table without any waiting. Even though we were told to expect a 40-mins wait time, we decided to give it a try. At the end, we managed to get in within 10 mins!
The restaurant was small and displayed a rustic, industrial decor with exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood siding, white chain link fence and silver-topped tables. The back of the restaurant featured a bar, serving a comprehensive, all-American beer and whiskey list.
The menu covered the American BBQ classics including ribs, brisket, whole-smoked chicken and pulled pork. For starter, the four of us shared the BBQ nachos (USD$9).
Oh wow! It was quite a big portion. A towering heap of tortilla chips was piled high with succulent pulled pork, black beans, sweet caramelized onions, cheddar and sour cream. What a feast! Surprisingly, with all the sauce and cream, the chips remained crisp. For an extra kick, try the house-made BBQ sauces on the table.
For our main dish, Kev and I shared the smoked pork shank (USD$15), with corn and fries as the sides.
The pork shank was GIGANTIC! The meat rendered smoky, sweet savory. Really tasty and tender. Despite how hard we tried, we couldn’t finish the whole thing and had to pack the rest home. The sides tasted so-so. The fries were soggy and the corn kernels lacked a crisp, tough-skinned texture.
Lastly, we concluded the meal with a strawberry cheesecake pie. The creamy, smooth cheesecake had a layer of strawberry jam at the bottom and was topped with whipped cream that almost tasted like ice cream. The whole thing had the soft texture like a pudding. This heavenly goodness had completely won the gentlemen’s heart!
Bitterroot has everything you’re looking for – delicious food, reasonable pricing, great atmosphere and service. What are you waiting for?