Bitterroot BBQ

5239 Ballard Ave NW (at NW Vernon Pl), Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Southern food
  • whiskey
  • cowboy killer
  • pulled pork
  • mac & cheese
  • happy hour
  • cocktails
  • beef brisket
  • nachos
  • grits
  • bourbon
  • pecan pie
  • barbecue
  • great value
  • chicken
  • baby back ribs
  • good service
  • good for a late night
  • collard greens
  • spicy food
  • Eater

    No better place to go for barbecue in Ballard than this hot spot. Don't skip out on the sides, especially the pulled-pork nachos and Buffalo chicken livers. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · January 21, 2013
  • Soren L.

    Watch out for the Dalek behind the bar!

    Soren Laulainen · April 14, 2012
  • Kristie B.

    Get the house-made fireball whiskey. (Fire extinguisher not required.)

    Kristie Brooks · August 25, 2013
  • Dan L.

    Braised beef sandwich was one of the best things I have tasted in my life.

    Dan Lee · November 3, 2012
  • Seth V.

    1/2 rack of baby back ribs + 2 sides makes for a great meal

    Seth Varty · January 29, 2012
  • Yatharth G.

    Texas Style BBQ, Pulled Pork Sandwich is awesome :) Get drinks at the Gerald on the other side of the road.

    Yatharth Gupta · June 29, 2013
  • brian w.

    Ugh. Still searching for bbq. Key is to perfect cooking one animal and one sauce. With no more than 3 side options.

    brian waldrop · February 3, 2013
  • Julie W.

    After living in NC and GA, this place makes me sad. Not good.

    Julie W · February 3, 2013
  • Lindsay

    The mac and cheese is enormous. Enough for 2 to share and still be full. Also, the corn bread is burnt and not worth the $$.

    Lindsay · July 7, 2012
  • Jarret F.

    Befriend Trevor at the bar!

    Jarret Falkner · May 17, 2012
  • Katie L.

    The cornbread with honey butter is $2 at happy hour and basically crack in bread form. Get two.

    Katie Lawrence · April 13, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Cowboy Killer is a LOT. Enough for two, or maybe three.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012
  • Ruth B.

    Collard greens! Collard greens collard greens collard greens!

    Ruth Burr Reedy · February 18, 2012
  • Katie Y.

    Nachos, barbecue, beer

    Katie Yamada · 2 weeks ago
  • Greg Y.

    Probably the best Bloody Mary in the Ballard area - thick, spicy and well-garnished. Great whiskey selection. Barbecue is alright but it's no Texas.

    Greg Yardley · February 2
  • Terence C.

    Got the cowboy killer and was mostly disappointed. All meats lacked any flavor. The ribs tasted like they smoked it lightly for an hour then tossed it on the grill to cook quickly which made it dry

    Terence Chan · December 10, 2014
  • Lyndsey N.

    A good attempt on Ballard's part for a BBQ joint, but it's just a little too swanky. Decent food, but the atmosphere, service, and bold dishes kill any shot this place had at being "authentic"

    Lyndsey N · November 30, 2014
  • Wesley V.

    Great staff, enjoyed the good as well

    Wesley V · November 6, 2014
  • Nate Y.

    Excellent BBQ & grits

    Nate Yancy · August 2, 2014
  • Susan R.

    BBQ nachos FTW.

    Susan Rouser · July 26, 2014
  • Pavel B.

    Kicking boot whiskey kitchen is a better option for BBQ

    Pavel B · March 18, 2014
  • Hilary B.

    Full menu and late night happy hour til 1 am, the best late night food in Ballard!

    Hilary Beam · March 2, 2014
  • Chelsea S.

    Get the fried chicken on Thursdays, plenty to share the plate.

    Chelsea Shearer · January 3, 2014
  • Stephanie W.

    Good cocktails and excellent selection of whiskeys.

    Stephanie Wu · December 10, 2013
  • Paul D.

    BBQ Pork sandwich is awesome, especially at happy hour which starts again at 11pm

    Paul Davis · December 1, 2013
  • Ivan S.

    Enormous Mac and Cheese with any of 6 mixins!

    Ivan Storck · October 13, 2013
  • Charlie C.

    Best cream soda ever!

    Charlie Chang · September 1, 2013
  • Dominic M.

    Got the biscuts and maple pork belly - like pork belly on a lollipop!

    Dominic Marion · August 25, 2013
  • Michael B.

    They'll text you when a table becomes available on busy nights! Oh, and the food is great. To drink, try the Montana Manhattan.

    Michael Bowers · August 12, 2013
  • Dylan M.

    Mac'n Cheese with bacon lardons mmmmm

    Dylan Miller · August 4, 2013
  • Ben S.

    Corn on the cob. Do it.

    Ben Stott · August 2, 2013
  • Keri H.

    Great staff, great menu. Mac & Cheese with pulled pork? Do yourself a favor and order it!

    Keri Helen · July 8, 2013
  • Haley B.

    Did not live up to all the hype I read in Seattle Magazine. Cocktails are original & tasty but the fare left much to be desired, especially for the price. Pete's in Fremont is consistently better.

    Haley Brown · June 24, 2013
  • Patrick B.

    Great BBQ, great drafts and amazing burning and whiskey. $5 pulled pork or braised beef sandwich for happy hour. Fried chicken on Thursdays! Try it! Try it all!

    Patrick Boyce · June 22, 2013
  • Matt C.

    Pecan pie topped with whiskey, amazing!

    Matt Cielak · May 20, 2013
  • Dave S.

    Great pulled pork, burgers and pecan pie.

    Dave Sharp · March 23, 2013
  • Benjamin O.

    Get the Cowboy Killer to try it all. Be sure to add a Mac and Cheese.

    Benjamin Olswang · March 14, 2013
  • Madeline M.

    The non-alcoholic drink options are awesome, especially the Squirly Shirley with smoked grenadine.

    Madeline Moy · January 28, 2013
  • Eric G.

    The Bitter Butter Bourbon will warm your soul.

    Eric Greene · January 9, 2013
  • Aviv S.

    The brisket is amazing and by far the best in Seattle. They use a naval cut.

    Aviv Stern · January 7, 2013
  • G M.

    They have a whole part of the menu devoted to Mac and cheese!

    G M · December 31, 2012
  • Jeff G.

    The beef brisket was amazing! Loved the corn on the cob too! The baked beans... eh they were ok.

    Jeff Greatorex · September 16, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Sides are all tasty! Creamy grits, perfectly braised greens, and baked beans were the best.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012
  • Sandra F.

    Order of BBQ tastiness, descending: beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly, chicken.

    Sandra Fan · April 1, 2012
  • Ruxpin o.

    6 weeks old, this place has already worked out any kinks. Try sneaking a bottle of the sweet bbq sauce into your purse. You know, to put pour onto things at home (meatloaf, chicken, cereal....)? Mmmm.

    Ruxpin on the Road · March 12, 2012
  • Carlo T.

    Porkbelly dish was...Delish!

    Carlo Trias · February 28, 2012
  • Alicia P.

    Sazerac! Beef brisket! Brussel sprouts, baked beans, GRITS! Heaven.

    Alicia Padovich · February 26, 2012
  • Amanda S.

    Bacon jerky.

    Amanda Sweet · February 14, 2012
  • Pieter S.

    Awesome new bbq in Ballard. Whole chicken and brisket was plenty for group of 4. Great cocktails and old Rasputin stout on Nitro. Yum

    Pieter Salverda · January 29, 2012
  • Josh J.

    Pulled pork sammich is AWESOME! Have one w/the mustard, YUM!! Ribs are mighty tasty too!!

    Josh Johnson · January 17, 2012

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