The SeaTac airport location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese gives visitors who might have missed the Pike Place location a second chance to nab a noteworthy grilled cheese sandwich before boarding.
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The Flatiron District, named after its iconic wedge-shaped building, is always bustling, especially around lunch. But finding an especially good one in this busy office neighborhood can be more of a challenge than you'd think. With that in mind, we've compiled 14 of our favorite lunches in the area: budget-friendly sandwiches, filling noodle bowls, and some nicer sitdowns.
In honor of the greatness that is melted cheese, we've looked back on some of our favorite New York Grilled Cheeses. Whether it's a nutty French affair paired with a fancy jam, or simply white bread hugging American slices next to a bowl of tomato soup, grilled cheese is the best, and these are the best of the best.
Fruit and cheese are a time-honored combination; if it ain't broke, why fix it? The fig & cheese sandwich ($7) at Beecher's Handmade Cheese is just sweet enough to make itself interesting, but not so sweet you feel like you skipped the main course and went straight to dessert.
Egg sandwiches tend to be breakfast fare, but I'd be happy eating the Soppressata and Egg ($7) at Beecher's Handmade Cheese any time of day.
The mac and cheese from Beecher's is $5.25 for a small, and though it does not bear a golden, crunchy crust like City Bakery's, it's plenty rich—the penne noodles enrobed with a silky, decidedly indulgent blend of Beecher's nutty Flagship and Just Jack cheeses. They call it the "world's best" mac and cheese, and while I wouldn't go that far, it's an excellent bet for the neighborhood.
"Beecher's is a great model for the new urban gastronomy—it reminds us city-dwellers that food comes from somewhere." Photographs courtesy of Beecher's Handmade Cheese Seattle's Pike Place Market delicately straddles two seemingly antithetical modes: down-home city produce market with plenty of local flair, and crowded tourist trap complete with fishmonger hijinks and overpriced hippie regalia. But to paint this place in such broad strokes is to miss the real beauty of it. What it comes down to for me is that for all the spectacle, a lot of the food you can get at Pike Place is really, seriously good. Other than the fishmongers, nowhere in the market is food performance as important to the experience than at Beecher's Handmade...