When rumors began to spread in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle that a deli was opening in the former Little Gym kids space, we were both intrigued and skeptical. But one visit to this neighborhood bar and butcher and you understand why The Shambles and their tagline “When Deli Meats Bar” has become the hit of Northeast Seattle, filling tables to the brim, even on a random Tuesday night.
Their mission is:
“To bring the farm to bar experience to the Seattle community with house prepared meats, handcrafted sandwiches, and small plates made from the finest ingredients available.”
But this hardly paints the picture of the The Shambles experience.
Owners Matthew Brady and Joel Klemenhaben, with backgrounds in food service and brewing, brought their concept together by hiring both a head chef and head butcher. The result is a gastronomic success!
Complemented by 32 beers on tap, and one of the best cosmopolitans in town (from the infamous and somewhat surly bartender Robb Sheldon), the home-made meats are truly one of a kind. Concocted into various forms for consumption, one can find their favorite flesh smoked, cured, dried, raw, or transformed into a paté or salami. And now with their new launched meat counter, you can order a selection to enjoy at home as well.
Dining in the restaurant is a great evening get-a-way, but make sure to book a sitter as it’s a 21+ establishment and arrive early as they have a no-reservation policy. Or better yet, join them for weekend brunch. We’d like to tell you what to order from the menu, but we simply can’t, as we have yet to have a poor meal. With a variety of items to pick from, even your vegetarian friends will enjoy their repas.
The Shambles’s much needed casual gourmet cuisine is a welcome debut in Northeast Seattle.
7777 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday – Sunday 10am-4pm
Monday – Friday 12pm-4pm
Thursday – Saturday 9pm-11pm