Local 360 // Belltown // American // Dinner // $$$
2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Paleoness: 5 / 5
A restaurant that’s committed to sourcing its food from within a 360-mile radius clearly has quality on its mind, and the food doesn’t disappoint. Its hip, casual atmosphere and friendly staff make it an ideal night out.
What did you order?
- Steak and Beet Tartare (garlic chips, fresh yolk)
- Beet Salad (sheep’s cheese, hazelnuts, cider vinaigrette); we omitted the cheese
- Fried Pumpkin Seeds
- Braised Rabbit Leg (vegetable ragout, natural jus)
- Collard Greens (bacon)
- Roasted Fingerlings
- Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub (seasonal fruit slightly pickled in Rockridge Apple Cider vinegar with your choice of spirit); we subbed sparkling water for liquor
How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they?
Tons! In addition to what we ordered, paleo eaters could also order:
- Oysters on the Half Shell
- Lamb Ribs (smoke, rhubarb mop)
- Tender Greens
- 16-oz. Ribeye (bone marrow butter)
- Market Fresh Seafood
- Butter Roasted Baby Turnips (shallots and sea salt)
- Spicy Greens (bacon)
How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? Examples?
Very easy. For one thing, the staff rocks (see below). They know all about high-quality food since that’s kinda their jam at this place. Additionally, most of the menu items follow the typical paleo template of animal protein + vegetables. A few have legumes or grains in the mix, but they can easily be omitted or substituted with one of their many sides. A few tweak-able dishes:
- Pork Roast (mustard rub, cauliflower, gremolata); omit navy beans
- Butcher’s Grind House Burger; omit cheese and bun
- Tender Greens (farmer’s veggies); sub cider vinaigrette for green goddess dressing
How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet?
The staff is cheerful and well-versed in the menu. We didn’t mention the paleo diet specifically, but you can tell they’re used to accommodating vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free diets. No one batted an eye when we asked for our beet salad without cheese.
How satisfied were you with the meal?
On the whole, very satisfied. Here’s what we thought of individual menu items:
- Steak and Beet Tartare: served with bread, which is a nice vehicle for dipping but not necessary. We took a fork to it. It’s rich, especially with the raw yolk, but the richness is balanced with a hint of citrus.
- Beet Salad: easy enough to order without/push aside the sheep’s cheese. The beets were sweet and perfectly roasted. It was well dressed with the cider vinaigrette, which gave it a lovely hint of acid.
- Fried Pumpkin Seeds: a nice salty way to start off the meal.
- Braised Rabbit Leg: rabbit was melt-in-your-mouth moist, and very flavorful. The veggie ragout included potatoes, peas, onion, carrots, cauliflower, and most delicious celery Alyssa had ever tasted. The natural jus was a blend of sweet and savory. Very filling!
- Collard Greens: subtly sweet flavor and not overwhelming the way sauteed greens sometimes can be.
- Roasted Fingerling Potatoes: a slightly smokey taste; not bland or “throw-away” at all.
- Mushrooms: juicy, meaty, flavorful, and not too chewy or rubbery (!).
- Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub: mild, refreshing and easy to order without alcohol. (“People do it all the time,” our waiter said.) Ours was made with peaches.
Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
Absolutely. It was delicious, quality food!
Could you eat here enjoyably without telling anyone you’re paleo? (Not that you’d want to!)
Yes! In fact, we did.
In addition to being committed to sourcing their food from within a 360-mile radius, their business values are admirable and worth noting. From their website: Nothing we are doing is innovative or new – on the contrary, we are returning to a simpler way of functioning as a business. We have stopped asking, “What is new?” and started asking, “What is best?”
They also keep a list of every producer and supplier they use, which you can find on their website.
We love that their in-house menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free labeling (though their online version doesn’t). Their brunch offerings are also delicious! Not quite as many paleo options but worth checking out.