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Jack's BBQ Debuts a Takeout Popup in Bellevue

The town's biggest name in smoked meat establishes a presence on the Eastside.

By Allecia Vermillion April 1, 2020

Coming soon to the 425.

Image: Jack's BBQ

In our current upside-down world, this legitimately qualifies as good restaurant news. Jack’s BBQ, one of Seattle’s eminent smoked meat operations, will bring its brisket, ribs, and quarts of Texas caviar to Bellevue for the foreseeable future. A popup, dubbed Jack’s BBQ Eastside, launches today, April 1 for takeout and delivery orders.

Jack’s will post up at longtime Bellevue cafe Brief Encounter each Wednesday through Sunday, from 4­­–7pm, with a surprisingly broad menu—sandwiches, salads, pulled pork by the pound, even pecan pie. Schedule a pickup online, or call Brief Encounter directly during popup hours (they can do curbside service) or get all that meat delivered via a third-party service.

As Seattle enters its third week of shuttered restaurant dining rooms, the food and drink industry is exploring a host of ways to weather this indeterminately long crisis, from delivering newly legal cocktail kits to opening pantries, feeding relief workers, or just plain closing their doors. The whole “pop up in an entirely new part of town” approach is new—and a smart way to hit up an underserved population of Eastside diners, many of whom eat Jack’s on the regular during lunch hours downtown or in South Lake Union.

Speaking of other Jack's locations, the original roadhouse in SoDo still preps its culty beef ribs on Tuesdays. It's best to call the restaurant directly to order, because prices vary by poundage (and they sell out fast).

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