Food birthed from fire
From the caffeinated cat who started Stumptown Coffee, the gustatory genius who helped launch Olympic Provisions, and a torrid tender who raised the bar at Laurelhurst Market, Woodsman Tavern is a watering hole/ chow-hall opening Monday and boasting an epic raw bar, a super-rare charcoal-fired oven, tons of ham, classy 'tails, and rustically jazz-agey confines complete with exposed brick, rich wood everything, and little details like platform lights from a circa 1930s NY Subway, home of the famous “5-cent footlong”. Now you probably want to know a lot more about:
The Kitchen: Rocking a keen focus on American food, that charcoal oven will cook a sirloin in 3mins and put a fine char on dishes like a 26oz standing rib eye, and savory bread pudding studded with offal. Everything else is no less awesome: said raw bar'll be brimming with Dungenesses, octopus, oysters, and clams, plus a pig lover's selection of tangy/ salty Country-style pork-haunch (like Kentucky's Broadbent's) carved from a ham stand, also what Ricky Gervais does any time he rises from a chair.
The Bar: Committed to an "understated and elegant" philosophy, intoxicators involve 14 drafts including a rare Struise Pannepot Belgian strong ale, shootables like green Chartreuse with Tabasco, and cocktails including the Hunting Vest with rye and cedar-infused Campari, and a Cognac/ gin/ pine liqueur/ rooibos tea Berlin Swizzle, the horizontal version of which is what you do with Kelly McGillis when you Take Her Breath Away.
Not content to be an awesome gastropub, Woodsman also has plans to unveil an adjacent market featuring cheese from Steve's, a flower stand, bread from Little T, and more awesomeness like pork rinds and wine, which Jared will do when he can’t resist this stuff and puts on like 1930 pounds.