Perhaps the best Canadian import since Ryan Gosling or Anne of Green Gables, this Vancouver-based sandwich shop brings its successful yet straightforward formula of meat and bread to Seattle as of today, April 13. Hours are 11 to 6.
For a place that hails from our neighbors to the north, co-owners Cord Jarvie and Frankie Harrington’s Meat and Bread fits into its new Seattle digs. The meat is sourced from small farmers and ranchers in Oregon, northern California, and as far as the Midwest. The bread arrives fresh daily from the Essential Baking Company. The handful of beer, wine, and cider offerings are Washington-made as well. And for good measure there’s also Stumptown coffee because Seattleites have serious coffee needs.
Located inside the Central Agency Building along with John Sundstrom’s restaurant trifecta, here’s what to expect from Meat and Bread’s first U.S. location…
Eat: Meat and bread, obviously, but go for whatever’s the daily special. Yes, the don’t-mess-with-it, porchetta sandwich, rife with cracklings and salsa verde is the Meat and Bread favorite. It's a menu mainstay, always at the ready. Rotating specials, on the other hand, come in many forms like a tender Moroccan-spiced lamb with pickled cauliflower, onions, and peppers served with a tangy, housemade sambal sauce on the side (available to take home in four-ounce bottles for $7). On the dessert front, a Meat and Bread–exclusive bourbon caramel ice cream sandwich crafted by Seattle’s own Parfait.
Drink: One of the aforementioned beers, ciders, or wines—anything to wash down these substantial sandwiches. There’s even the unfussy, go-to: a can of good old Rainier for a buck fifty.
Sit: Facing the huge, backlit Lou Reed quote. It reads, “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” When asked about the musician’s musings, Jarvie said, “It means to not muck it up.” More or less, Harrington and Jarvie have stayed true to this unofficial Meat and Bread philosophy: the streamlined menu, the deli counter where you salivate—er, watch—as your sandwich is created, the modern, sustainable-timber tables outlining half of the room.
Bonus Intel: Other than the meaty promise of thick, warm sandwiches, Meat and Bread is bringing one other Canadian commodity: Beta 5 Chocolate. The cashew, caramel, nougat, and smoked salt chocolate bar is specially made for Meat and Bread ($3).