We've had our eye on James Sherrill for a while. So it's exciting that this talented chef has a kitchen to call his own. Sherrill doesn't use the word "gastropub" (and rightfully so) but that might be the best verbiage to describe his well-appointed lair at 611 Summit Ave E. Single Shot bills itself as a "kitchen and saloon," but even the heartiest of plates bear the stamp of a chef who finesses the details.
Sherrill was most recently running the kitchen at Re:Public. When owner Ruadhri McCormick happened upon this great space, he promptly installed Sherrill to create a spot that's neighborly, but still packs some refinement. There's no fryer here, so Sherrill's take on pub food is heavy on vegetables and dishes that aren't gut bombs.
Keep an eye on Single Shot's Facebook page for updates, including a potential late-night happy hour. But meanwhile, scope Nidhi's spectacular photos above and consult this handy primer.
Eat: Pub Cheese. Sherrill was inspired by Britain's canned (er, tinned) versions, but his spreadable cheese is housemade and comes with brioche and an apple cider reduction. True to Seattle form, the menu is highly shareable and ranges from accessible (margherita pizza, kale flatbread, chicken liver mousse) to more daring takes on pub food, like a ragout of lobster mushrooms and veal sweetbreads. Here's a sample menu.
Drink: Whatever Adam Fream puts in front of you. How excellent that this talented barkeep has set up shop behind the marble bar. His list is a mix of classics and his own creations. The hospitable Guy Kugel, long at Altura, runs the front of the house and directs the wine situation.
Sit: As soon as the custom bar stools arrive. Overall the space seats nearly 40 people.
Bonus Intel: Perhaps you were wondering about the name? It's not a nod to the building's longtime history as Spike Mafford's photo studio, but a reference to the 12-foot antique rifle hanging over the bar.