The Place:Dot's Deli, 4262 Fremont Avenue N., 687-7446, FREMONT.
The Hours: 4-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
The Deal: $1 off all glass wine pours and draft beer, 15% of wine bottles. $11 house-made grilled sausage platter, $10 steak frites.
The Digs: Dot's is neighborhood charcuterie owned Miles James, an overtly carniverous chef who got his start as a breakfast cook at Glo's before higher-end gigs at Campagne, Union and Cremant. He's clearly striving to present high-quality ingredients in a relaxed setting, somewhere between a small town grocery store and a hip, Brooklyn watering hole. Part butcher shop, part sandwich counter, meat terrines and grilled sausages are served on golden, raw slabs of hardwood, while locals linger in front of the street-facing windows sipping glasses of house red or frosty cans of Rainier.
The charcuterie plate is the best route to appreciating James' talents with: a generous mound of chicken liver pate, several slices of smoked mortadella and three rich terrines, including delightful duck and veal compositions, perfectly sized for sharing. Smoked Polish and spicy Italian sausages come with a mound of saurkraut and two housemade mustards. The steak frites, while petite, comes outfitted with a pleasingly crisp exterior crust and exceptionally executed frites, sprinkled liberally with sea salt.
The Verdict: While setting up shop within steps of Paseo, Seattle's highly fetishized Cuban sandwich mecca, could be viewed as either brazenly foolish or brilliantly calculated, Dot's is already a smashing success with neighborhood residents and well on its way to becoming a destination-worthy charcuterie of Salumi-like proportions.