I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for a while and I finally got the chance. Bitterroot is a BBQ joint located in the heart of Ballard. It was a busy Friday night so definitely expect a wait! I am not sure if they take reservations or not, but I want to say no. We went next door to a bar to grab a drink while we waited for our table. PS. Sorry my pictures aren’t top quality, they’re from my iPhone!
Atmosphere: I didn’t really get a chance to explore the restaurant, but we were seated near the front where there were probably about 5 tables. I am sure there were more in the back, but from what I can tell it was a smaller restaurant. I would suggest going with a party of 4 or less.
Pricing: Starters were about $5-$9. Main dishes ranged from $12-$50 ($50 for a HUGE combo plate that could probably feed a party of 6). Sides were $4.
Service: Our server was nice and took our order in a timely matter. It was pretty busy so I thought she did a good job of managing her tables.
All meat dishes included two sides. Brussel sprouts, collard greens, and BBQ beef brisket. $17. HUGE portion. The beef is quite tender and cooked to perfection. Nice crisp edges. The sides didn’t wow me but it was nice to get some veggies in my belly to balance the meat.
Homemade beans, cornbread, and pork belly. $15. Our friend recommended this to us and WOW. The pork belly was soooo good. The beans were surprisingly really good. I’m not a huge fan of beans, but it was yummy! The corn bread was also pretty good but I think I’ve had better. This also wasn’t as moist as I would like it to be.
Mac and cheese with sausage and onions. $12. You get to make your own mac with two other ingredients. We shared this between the 4 of us and still couldn’t finish it. They have probably 7 different things to choose from to add to the mac. I think it’s a pretty neat idea.
Overall: If you’re looking to satisfy your BBQ cravings, this is the place. I had a lot of food leftover and it was still delicious the next day. So many different meat choices that you can guarantee I will be back! Ribs are next up on my list. Their happy hour menu looks pretty promising! $5 or less for most of their appetizers. Looks like I’ll have to try that too!