5239 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98107
Bitterroot is a Northwest BBQ restaurant in the heart of Ballard Ave, serving the American BBQ classics including ribs, brisket, whole-smoked chicken, pulled pork with seasonal sides such as braised greens, glazed carrots, baked beans, and apple pretzel stuffing. The meat is dry-rubbed with four house-made sauces on the table. We provide our full menu from 11am to 1am every day for those wandering the neighborhood, lunch until late-night.
Paired with the BBQ is a comprehensive, all-American beer and whiskey list that was conceptualized by bar consultant Martim Smith-Mattsson to key off of the smoky flavors and fresh ingredients of the kitchen. Incorporating techniques utilized in both whiskey production and BBQ—such as charring, smoking, caramelization, using wood as flavor, and other slow-paced, flavor-making processes—the bar menu revives lesser-known, whiskey-based drinks like milk punch and also features one-of-a-kind cocktails inspired by classic icons of Americana such as lemonade, iced tea and beef jerky.
The interior design of the restaurant by architect and designer Ryan Brooke Thomas of KALOS:EIDOS Projects, overlays urban, rustic, industrial, & residential materials to reference a wide range of cultural contexts for BBQ dining, combined with architectural details of vaguely Scandinavian inflection (a nod to the neighborhood's cultural heritage). The front dining area is set to evoke an outdoor dining ambience, with reclaimed wood siding, chain-link scrims, and deck furniture offsetting the brick walls and exposed structure of the historic warehouse building.
The back area, which features the bar, reads part Northwestern ranger station and part industrial design workshop. Clad in forest green and black tile, with zinc countertops and cork walls, the bar area re-casts the experience of a classic American saloon against the modern lines and spatial expediency of a European café.
Bitterroot has been the longtime dream of husband and wife team Grant and Hannah Carter who met in college at the University of Montana and used to fly fish on the Bitterroot River. They have been focused on restaurants since college and started their careers in Los Angeles after leaving Big Sky Country. Grant attended further schooling at The California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena while Hannah started her management career in Los Angeles. Their passion for food and beverage took them from LA to Chicago where their experience intensified and built their preparedness to open their own restaurant. Looking to settle down and get to smokin' some meat, they were drawn back to the Northwest and moved to Seattle not far from Hannah's hometown of Snohomish.
Comfortable for all, with a particular focus on providing quality food and service at an affordable price, Bitterroot is a neighborhood BBQ spot with always-changing seasonal features. You will hear some old country western and soul tunes and will be able to relax with the whole family. Please stop in, belly up, and introduce yourself to the Carters and Bitterroot BBQ!