The last place to tick off our Pike Place Market to-do list was Beecher's Handmade Cheese (although, we wandered the entire market, stopping at many more places) to sample their handmade cheeses, and what they claim is the "world's best" mac and cheese.We stepped right up to the counter and handed over our $5.50 for a small cup of hot mac and cheese made with a blend of their one-year aged Flagship cheese, Just Jack, penne pasta, and spices. Mild, well balanced, and rich, is how I'd describe Beecher's "world famous" mac and cheese. I'd also say it's more of a cheese sauce covered penne than what I consider a traditional, firmer, baked mac and cheese. Not "world's best," but definitely good (and overpriced). I was not too sorry to fall victim of hype and play tourist.
Grilled cheese sandwiches and soups are also available from their small prepared foods menu. Better than the mac and cheese, is the display of Beecher's handmade crackers and cheeses (including fresh curds!), which they will let you sample.But even better than overpriced mac and cheese, and free samples of cheese are the the milk can seats lining the glass wall dividing the retail room from their cheese production room. Sit down and watch the machines and employees stir the huge vats of milk which turn into curds. Fun for kids and adults! The cheese production can also be glimpsed from the window outside the building, meaning hordes or tourists not only crowd the interior of Beecher's, but also the sidewalk. Just play the part.
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Place, Seattle, Washington 98101