Our friends CGNV and PV, who have visited Seattle on several occasions, told us not to miss out on Beecher's amazing mac & cheese. So on their recommendation we ventured over to Pike Place Market for a sampling. We ordered the "world best" version and a herb bread twist.
The mac & cheese was made with penne, which for someone who grew up on Kraft, was a pleasant surprise. The cheese, Beecher's flagship, had a nutty flavor with being overly oily. The storefront also acts as working factory, artisans were on display working through large stainless steel vats of cow's milk while curious tourist acted like paparazzi, including me.
I have to say, Beecher's mac & cheese does live up to the hype. The cheese had the right balance of salt and cream and the penne was cooked well. I can see why the America Cheese Society and Martha Stewart are singing its praises. Only if I had room for the grilled cheese with basil and tomato displayed in the sandwich window. Alas, I'll have to come back to Seattle soon!