Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Dot’s Delicatessen – Fremont, Seattle

Posted on: Monday 03 October 2011

In the Fremont Avenue North hub near Uneeda Burger and across from Paseo, and two doors up from the soon to be opened Book Larder, is Dot’s Delicatessen. On a temperamental autumn day, I met Myra and Shirley for lunch.

Two bay windows display butcher accoutrement and frame the entrance. Dot’s Delicatessen is etched in gold and an amber banner of keywords skirt the bottom of the glass panes.

A basic chalkboard on the sidewalk lists lunch and dinner items in cursive script.

The interior is clean and well lit. On the left is the counter and open plan kitchen. On the right is a narrow bench with stools and at the back are a handful of tables.

A refrigerated cabinet has platters of house made sausages and charcuterie.

Dot’s also stocks a variety of local meats.

Shelves are neatly lined with produce.

The menu is divided into sausages, sandwiches, charcuterie and sides. There’s also a happy hour section and daily specials.

A sausage drawing parodying the cow cuts is next to the register.

We pushed two tables together and settled in. The small dining room has a view into the open plan kitchen cladded in stainless steel.

We shared the large frites. Served in a take-away container, the thick batons of hand cut potatoes were crunchy.

I split the BLT and Rueben sandwiches with Shirley. House smoked bacon, lettuce and tomatoes were wedged in lightly toasted sourdough spread with aioli. Slices of juicy and sweet heirloom tomatoes were refreshing and the salty shards of bacon were delightfully crispy.

Generous layers of pastrami and mild sauerkraut were sandwiched together by molten Gruyère on rye. The Rueben sandwich was delicious with a distinctive house dressing.

We lingered for a while before relinquishing our table. Dot’s was doing brisk business during the lunch service!

A short walk to Uneeda Burger and we happily sipped on extra thick chocolate shakes for desserts. A lovely afternoon concluded with a brief visit to the Book Larder, scheduled to open on 12 October. I smiled when I spotted a shelf tagged ‘Aussie’.

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