Eat This: Paramount’s Ploughman’s Platter

By Jan Walsh       

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Paramount is a laidback bar and grill. Housed in a converted  space on 20th Street North, they serve pub food and beverages from happy hour until late night. This new spot (from the people who brought us El Barrio and Trattoria) boasts a scoreboard, large screen televisions, garage doors, hubcaps, and both vintage and new arcade games.

From the menu of burgers, dogs, and apps—with a wide selection of beers including pints and pitchers—we opt for the Ploughman’s Platter. The plate of homemade pimento cheese, smoked trout dip, candied bacon, Andouille sausage, marinated olives, and giardiniera scores big with us (although house-made crackers, rather than prepackaged saltines, would have been a nice touch.) The pimiento cheese was among the best I have ever had—unmasked cheese flavors shine through. The creamy smoked trout dip was simply divine. And I have always loved chocolate bacon, but this was my first bite of candied bacon; I am now a fan of this crisp, sweet, meaty delight. The acidity of the generous helping of marinated olives and colorful pickled veggies rounded and balanced the dish.

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