EVERETT — Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. is offering a burger challenge in honor of its 25th anniversary.
If you can eat the new Triple Threat Burger in 25 minutes — that’s one minute for every year Scuttlebutt has been in operation — then you get it for free and your picture on the wall. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $30 for it.
The 1½-pound burger is made with two ⅓-pound beef patties, 5 ounces pulled pork, three ghost pepper wings, three onion rings, ghost pepper habanero Jack cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, pickles, habanero barbecue sauce and chipotle mayonnaise, all on a 5-inch potato bun, with 2 pounds of fresh-cut Cajun-seasoned fries on the side.
Scuttlebutt’s burger challenge is just one of a number of specials on menus throughout the city for Everett Restaurant Month.
“We wanted to come up with a way to really support the restaurants in the city,” said Julio Cortes, spokesman for the city of Everett. “Over the last year, the restaurant industry has gone thorough some very difficult times. We’re actually hoping this will be an annual tradition.”
Twenty eateries have signed up for Everett Restaurant Month so far. This year’s offerings include prix-fixe (three course-meal for $30), deals and steals (with $1, $5 and $10 price points) and “unicorns” (unique and rare specials).
“My favorite part of this whole thing is the unicorn menu items that are only available during Restaurant Month,” Cortes said. It allows the restaurant to be creative and fun.”
Other restaurants with Everett Restaurant Month specials are: Anthony’s Homeport, Anthony’s Woodfire Grill, Bluewater Distilling Co., Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria, Buck’s American Cafe, Cafe Zippy, Cakewalk Shop, Capers + Olives, Chianti, Emory’s on Silver Lake, James Bay Distillers, Jette Bar & Grill, Katana, Lombardi’s, Narrative Coffee, New Mexicans, Terracotta Red, That Chicken Place and Venture Kitchen.
Here’s a taste: That Chicken Place is offering seasoned tots for $1. This week’s prix-fixe at Capers + Olives is chioggia beets, Pacific rock fish or bucatini, and olive oil cake. Brooklyn Bros.’ unicorn is a strawberry cannoli for $4.99. Narrative Coffee is offering a buttermilk biscuit breakfast sandwich and espresso with milk for $10. The prix-fixe at Buck’s American Cafe is a green, spinach or Ceasar salad, chicken Parmesan, wild salmon or top sirloin, and chocolate volcano cake or fruit pie with ice cream. James Bay Distiller’s unicorn is a Ginger Rogers cocktail for $10.
Scuttlebutt’s Triple Threat Burger was Jeremiah Marleau’s idea. The Scuttlebutt chef had been designing the anniversary burger — it has triple the meat and triple the heat — before the city launched Everett Restaurant Month. He said it was the perfect time to put it on Scuttlebutt’s menu.
No one has won the challenge yet. Although, Eric Nord, Scuttlebutt’s master brewer, was close. Nord tested the burger challenge for Scuttlebutt before it launched March 1.
“He’s got one heck of an appetite and he loves spice,” Marleau said. “I figured if anybody could do it, he could do it. He was close, but he was not able to do it. He was dying at the 21-minute mark and couldn’t eat anymore.”
Another burger-challenge rule? No ranch dressing allowed. You’re going to have to sweat out that heat.
Everett’s Cortes has been to That Chicken Place, Capers + Olives and Narrative Coffee already for their Everett Restaurant Month specials. He hasn’t decided yet if he’ll take Scuttlebutt’s burger challenge. He wants to show the restaurant support, of course, but a 1½-pound cheeseburger and 2 pounds of fries scares him.
“I’m still debating on it,” he said. “I don’t know if I could actually do it, but I’m still thinking about it. It’s a big one. It’s the size that scares me. I’m happy that I still have the rest of the month to think about it.
“You have to do something that scares you every once in a while, so I’m still considering it, for sure.”
Go to visiteverett.com/1398/Everett-Restaurant-Month to see a list of all restaurant offerings this month. Check back as more eateries sign up through March.
Want to add your Everett restaurant to the list? It’s free to sign up — you just need to add prix-fixe, steals and deals and/or unicorns to your March menu. Just fill out the form provided on the Everett Restaurant Month website.
Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; email@example.com; @sarabruestle.