Friday, September 28, 2012
Eats: Dot's Deli
This is the best BLT I've ever had. I've been to some other allegedly bacon-and-or pork-themed restaurants both before and after this pork trend has popped up, and none of them hold a candle to this.
Let me back up a little. Seattle is a food town. Before heading up here, in anticipation, I watched Anthony Bordain's No Reservations where he comes to Portland and Seattle. He goes on about how it's so great to eat up here because not only does the climate produce some truly top-notch produce and animals, but also the intellectual atmosphere of Seattle generates an obsession with 'craft' foods - foodies who specialize. Not just foodies - but salumi-ies. Donut-ies. Coffee-ies. People who learn the crap out of ONE (or two) processes and then make it so amazing you can't imagine getting it anywhere else. So far, it's appeared true.
Part of the cool thing about living in Fremont is having dozens of these places literally around the corner.
Dot's Deli is one of those places. I wandered by one day, peering in as I window shopped, and a guy coming out says 'If you haven't eaten here yet just go in and do it. Trust me." Okay, stranger. You've sold me. So I went in and even though they have some truly delicious looking special sandwiches, featuring things like house-made sausages and pates, I felt like something simple so I got a BLT. A place that can make a BLT this amazing... I can't wait to eat the other food. Perfect, crunchy sourdough. House-made mayonaise. Perfect yellow tomatoes and crunchy lettuce. Bacon! Not too thick, not too thin, crispy but not burned. You think, I've had BLTs. I've made BLTs. Why have none of them ever been this? You have, in fact, much to learn about even the simplest of things. Looks like, I'm in the right place.