The Dungeness Crab Sandwich at Beecher’s Seattle is what sandwich dreams are made of.
Specifically, it’s what my friend Beth’s dreams are made of – since she is the one has been craving it years after her first bite. (Years!) I don’t blame her. I’ll be dreaming about it for years, too.
It’s a grilled cheese sandwich with tender Dungeness crab meat and a little bit of remoulade sauce. The crispy exteriors of the grilled bread, the melty cheddar cheese, the sweet crab meat, and the tangy-creamy-spicy sauce all together make a perfect bite. My mouth is now watering just thinking about it. It is so, so perfect.
That sandwich was just one of the many delicious things I ate when I was in Seattle earlier this month, but it was definitely my favorite. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished my sandwich, I proceeded to convince whoever I can to come back with me to Beecher’s the next day (and the day after that). Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is like a little piece of heaven – there are different kinds of cheese, of course, but also a little cafe selling sandwiches, cream sodas, and what they claim to the be “the world’s best mac and cheese” (I agree):
Confession: I was snacking on these cheese curds at the airport while waiting for my flight, trying to discreetly eat the squeaky pieces while nonchalantly reading a magazine. (Sad fact: it was 11 pm. #midnightcheesecurdsFTW)
I was in Seattle for five days to attend a writer’s conference, to visit family, and to meet up with an old friend. I always thought that Seattle weather is gloomy and rainy (that’s what I learned from one of my favorite movies!) but we had some really beautiful days when I was there:
I went to the Pike Place Market almost every day. It was definitely the biggest farmers market I’ve ever seen, and I had a great time just strolling around, looking at all the things I imagined I would buy if I actually lived in Seattle. You know, things like fresh flowers, tons of seafood (all the Dungeness crab I can eat!), the most adorable mini donuts, pickles, and chicken gizzards.
(By the way, in case you were curious, Dungeness crabs are the one of the most prized crabs in the West Coast. It comes from the port of Dungeness, Washington.)
I also had some amazing dates in Seattle:
It was fun seeing something that reminded me of Boston:
Eventually, the rainy weather did arrive:
But that didn’t stop me from enjoying my time with my cousins and aunt. I felt extra special because my family there really took care of me. We even spent an afternoon food tripping – basically just trying different things (all the things) that caught our fancy at the market, like some hand-crafted Russian pastries from Piroshky Piroshky:
I actually ended up getting a smoked salmon and cream cheese pastry, which was so buttery and perfect that I want to re-create it somehow at home. I’ll probably use pre-made dough because I’m too lazy, but stay tuned for a smoked salmon dish soon.
Another restaurant I really liked was Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. This is a little hole in the wall place – it’s tucked in the back corner of a building that’s not on the main street, but my friend Bill has been going here for years so we popped in for lunch.
I love the hominess of the place, with the menu written in brown paper bags, little booths, and a small bar. We got the fried zucchini to share, Bill got the fried clams, and I got the fish and chips. All were very good.
A trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without seeing a few more major tourist attractions:
But what I loved the most was spending time with my family, going to Pike Place, and eating this sandwich:
Have you been to Seattle? What was your favorite thing there?