Earlier this week, my girlfriend and I went down to Seattle to see the Blue Jays for my birthday. We really wanted to make the most of only a couple days, so that meant we had to find the best sandwiches and some wicked beers! So, on the recommendations of some good friends we knew the spots we had to hit.
We arrived on Monday around 2pm, checked into our hotel and headed straight to The Honey Hole in Capitol Hill. We were told that this was the place for big tasty sandwiches and we had to check it out. Walking in the door you see tons of framed vintage photos, including one of The Beatles in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and a bunch of crazy knick knacks decorating the room. We had done a bit of research prior to our arrival, so right away we ordered “The Dude” (marinated and grilled flank steak, melted provolone, sautéed onions, fresh tomato relish, mix greens, sweet hot mustard on a demi baguette) and “The Bandit” (slow smoked all natural Painted Hills beef brisket with their classic BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and melted Tillamook cheddar cheese on a demi baguette).
Beer was a bit of a tougher choice until they told us that they had pints of Boundary Bay Blonde on special…for $3! We placed our order, grabbed our pints and headed to a table. The sandwiches arrived a few minutes later and looked awesome, we shared both and they did not disappoint.
The next morning we woke up bright and early because we were headed to Salumi’s Artisan Cured Meats, a place that is only open Tues – Fri from 11:00am to 3:30pm, and rumor had it that the lineup for lunch there usually starts about half an hour before they open. We walked up around 10:45am and sure enough the line was already about 20 people deep, so we got our spot and waited for it to open. Once the doors opened the line moved at a good pace and when we got inside my girlfriend looked at me and said she wished she could take a picture of how it smelled in there, it was unreal. We had already decided on the Porchetta and the daily special before got to the counter. The special was your choice of salami (we chose the Salumi salami) with arugula pesto with the option to add cheese, which we did (fresh house made mozzarella).
They offer 3 different types of bread, we chose the guiseppe bread for both, similar to ciabatta, but lighter. We watched them slather the bread with the arugula pesto and load it with salami and the fresh mozzarella for the special. For the porchetta they did the coolest thing., they cut the bun in half from top to bottom and then sliced pockets in to each half, then packed each half with that juicy, fatty, deliciously herbed pork and topped it with sautéed onion and peppers. We found ourselves a spot on the curb across the street and delved into the porchetta, the meat had the most amazing flavor and the bread absorbed all the juices from the pork.
We made the decision to hold off on the salami sandwich till later in the day, it was a smart choice, we ended up lounging on a beach in West Seattle in the afternoon and enjoyed the second sandwich along with some Miller High Life – the champagne of beers on my champagne birthday!
We also hit up a couple great Seattle breweries while we were there, Elysian Brewing and The Pike Brewing Company. Elysian can be found in Capitol Hill not far from The Honey Hole, and Pike is down by the market on 1st. Both breweries consistently deliver great craft beers. At Elysian I had the “Torrent” Pale Beet Bock, which is the latest in their 12 beers of the apocalypse series. And yes there was beet in it, and yes you could taste it, and yes it was delicious. My girlfriend had the “Hombre”, a classic easy drinking Mexican Lager.
We then headed over to Pike, which is massive, and pretty much a museum of beer history. I went with the Pike Kilt Lifter “Scotch Style Ruby Ale”, a rich malty ale with a subtle smokiness, that reminds you of single malt. My girlfriend, she went for the Pike Naughty Nellie “Golden Artisan Ale”, the staple of the Pike brewery. We had a great time at both breweries and we’ll definitely be back next time were in Seattle.
We’re so lucky that we have friends that love beer and sandwiches as much as we do so they can recommend such delicious places and we can pass it along to you!