Hannah and Grant Carter of Bitterroot BBQ are taking on the delicatessen counter service game with their new Mammoth in Eastlake. This is a deli counter meets beer haven meets local watering hole. Here you’ll find a well-equipped growler filling station that’ll make all the beer nerds swoon, big sandwiches coming in hot and tasty from the kitchen, and a vibe that hits the sweet spot between artfully put together and unfussy.
Mammoth is aiming for a December 20 open (though that's always subject to change). Here’s what to expect.
Eat: Hot subs shop–style sandwiches with the same signature meats emerging from Bitterroot’s smoker. Though the menu is still seeing some final taste testing, expect sandwiches filled with cured and smoked meat, served without constant reminders that everything is housemade. Bitterroot BBQ's much-loved pulled pork sandwich will also show up here, as well as a sandwich of Mammoth's own house roast beef, done up with charred onions and sharp provolone cheese.
Drink: Something from one of 48 rotating taps. Mammoth seems to stand for the massive undertaking of offering what the Carters believe is the largest growler filling station in Seattle. There will be IPAs of course, but think stouts, sours, and porters, too. But this is no one-trick mammoth. Joining the ranks of 42 draft beers are six more taps of rotating wines, ciders, and housemade sodas. First up: grape soda to get the kids in on the growler-filling action. Mammoth also has a bottle shop with about 240 hard-to-find beers, which the Carters have been collecting and curating over the past two years.
Sit: And charge your phone. There are outlets tucked beneath the seats along the front bar and around the room's perimeter. The floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on Eastlake Ave are also great for people watching. Or, hang in what the Carters have jokingly dubbed the “Boom Boom Room,” a room in back that's ideal for watching Seahawk games; it can also be transformed for banquet-style dining.
Bonus Intel: Wife and husband duo Hannah and Grant always knew they wanted to name the place after a big animal. Here Mammoth refers, of course, to the gargantuan mammal as well as the hugely filling sandwiches they’re serving. And let’s not forget so soon the mammoth tusk discovered earlier this year in South Lake Union; the Carters pay a bit of neighborhood homage to the ancient beast. Additionally, Hannah admits, they have a thing for double letters in titles, like the t’s, r’s, and o’s in Bitterroot.
Keep an eye on Mammoth's Facebook page for specific opening details.