Delicatus: Seattle-Inspired Sandwiches

This Pioneer Square eatery offers a Northwest spin on traditional European delis.

Seattle is a hotbed of rich history and culture — much of which is represented in the names of the sandwiches offered at a Delicatus, a delicatessen in Pioneer Square. With names like Fire of 1889, Gypsy Rose Lee and Mudd Honey, you can bet that you’ll be getting a history lesson just reading the menu.

Delicatus offers sandwiches, soups and salads. Photo courtesy of Delicatus.

Located in historic Pioneer Square (just down the street from the Seattleite office), we can’t help but sample these tasty sandwiches that so thoroughly encompass the essence of our city.

The menu offers sandwiches in two categories. The Traditionalists are more conventional options that have been re-imagined, Delicatus style.

These include: The Reign Man, featuring roast beef with horseradish aioli on sourdough; Dixon Club, a take-off of the traditional turkey club sandwich with Zoe’s slab bacon; and Ballard Lox (Without the Commute), which blends the cured salmon spread with shaved onions, capers, olive oil and tobiko caviar.

The Progressives, on the other hand, feature original creations that incorporate local ingredients, such as free-range animal products and organic field greens.

Progressives include: The Duwamish, a fine mess of shaved ham, pulled pork, Emmental cheese and pickled cucumber and onion; The Activist, a veggie option with roasted eggplant, squash, mushrooms, peppers and goat cheese; and The Seattle Cure, which combines cured albacore bresaola with salmon lox, throws in red onions and sweet peppers and holds it together with lemon-caper aioli on a panini roll.

Patrons can enjoy indoor or outdoor seating at Delicatus. Photo courtesy of Delicatus.

Founders Derek Shankland and Mike Klotz felt that Seattle lacked the traditional European delicatessens that are so common on the East Coast — and they wanted to give Delicatus a Northwest feel. By offering fresh, high quality ingredients sourced from local farmers, artisan producers and responsible local businesses, Shankland and Klotz are able to stay true to their principles of sustainability, superior quality and commitment to service.

With increasingly pleasant weather gracing the city, Delicatus has opened its outdoor patio so patrons can enjoy their sandwiches and the beautiful days we’ve been lucky enough to see lately.

If you’re just too busy to visit for lunch, consider stopping by during happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to try small plates and discounted drink specials. Delicatus is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Delicatus |  103 1st Ave. S., Seattle  |  (206) 623-3780