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A Sandwich a Day: Smithsonian Grilled Cheese from Row House Cafe in Seattle

In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Naomi Bishop

Row House Café's Smithsonian sandwich ($8) is appropriately named, as this is all-American, museum quality grilling-of-cheese-between-bread on display. Cheddar (choice of mellow aged or extra sharp) makes for maximum melting, and amply buttered potato bread provides a crispy contrast to the gooiness within. It comes with a side of tomato relish, which is fine, but the way it should be framed on the gallery wall is with a side order of tomato basil soup ($4.50/$6.50).

The sitting-room environment of the café (which serves three meals a day plus coffee and alcohol of all stripes) gives it a homey feeling. It seems odd to have couches in a restaurant, but when there's grilled cheese being dipped into tomato soup, everyone should feel like they're at home, and the living room furniture contributes to that.

Row House Cafe

1170 Republican St, Seattle, WA 91809 (map)
206-682-7632; rowhousecafe.com

About the author: Naomi Bishop is a Seattle based food writer and marketer. Find more of her musings on her food blog, TheGastroGnome, where she claims that being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. You can also follow her explorations of cooking and culture around the world at @GastroGnome.

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