Dungeness Crab Sandwich and a Fun Seattle Trip

beechers dungeness crab sandwich

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):

beechers mac and cheesebeechers original cheddarbeechers cheese curdsConfession: 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)

Beecher's Handmade Cheese on Urbanspoon

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:

e1c428b2a0a811e3bd420e7d1f211926_8I 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.

tulips pike placedungeness crab pike place

pike place lobster flying fish stall pike place

mini donuts pike placepickles pike placechicken gizzards pike place

(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:

medjool dates pike placeHah, sorry, just medjool dates. Still single.

It was fun seeing something that reminded me of Boston:

seattle duck boatsDuck boats!

Eventually, the rainy weather did arrive:

rain seattleBut 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:

piroshky pike place piroshkyI 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.

Piroshky Piroshky on Urbanspoon

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.

emmett watson insideemmett watson menufried zucchini emmet watsonfried clams seattlefish and chips emmet watsonemmett watson oyster barI 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.

Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar on Urbanspoon

A trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without seeing a few more major tourist attractions:

seattle art museumoriginal starbucksspace needleThe Seattle Art Museum, the original Starbucks, and the Space Needle.

But what I loved the most was spending time with my family, going to Pike Place, and eating this sandwich:

beechers seattle crab sandwichI’d love to go back for all of these soon!

Have you been to Seattle? What was your favorite thing there?

   

24 Responses to “Dungeness Crab Sandwich and a Fun Seattle Trip”

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen posted March 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

    That sandwich looks delicious! I am so glad you enjoyed Seattle. We love it here. And, thanks for introducing me to some of our finer eats!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 20th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks, Kristi! I’d love to go back someday soon!

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    Simply Life posted March 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I used to live in Seattle so this brings back to many great memories! And I LOVE the new layout of your blog!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 20th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Seattle is so great! Thank you!

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    Michelle Lahey posted March 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great trip with some incredible eats!!

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely posted March 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    We went to Seattle in early October for our anniversary. All these pictures are taking me back! Kicking myself that we didn’t go to Beechers, that sandwich looks ah-mazing!

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 21st, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I know, I wish I can transport that sandwich to me right now!

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    Monica posted March 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I want to go to Seattle – now more than ever! : ) Great food trip and awesome pictures. You made me drool and then some!

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    emi posted March 20, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    looks perfect, and now my stomach is in need of a 2nd lunch :)
    love your blog and the name of it! XO

    welltraveledwife.com

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 21st, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thank you for the kind words!

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    marcie posted March 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Clearly I need to get back to Seattle soon — that sandwich, fresh cheese, donuts, and produce — it’s all making me very hungry! It looks like you had a fabulous trip, and a writer’s conference is something I’d love to do. :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 21st, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thanks, girl, it really was such a great trip!

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    Megan posted March 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Seattle is on my list of places to visit. I will have to come back to this post when I do eventually plan a trip there. No shame in midnight cheese curds!

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    Daisy posted March 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    What a fun post and a great trip. I have never been to seattle!!

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    Joanne posted March 22, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Everything from Beecher’s is just great! They make some awesome cheeses over there.

    I love Seattle! I went two years ago and am dying to go back!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted March 22, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Bianca, I just loved this post! Glad you had such a great trip. I’m drooling over that sandwich and all the other goodies. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lilli @ Sugar and Cinnamon posted March 23, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Well this looks like the nicest sandwich in the world!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs posted March 23, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Never been to Seattle, but after reading this I’d love to! All that food sounds incredible girrrrrrl <3

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    Sacha posted March 23, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I have a good friend who lives in Seattle, and he always come this way to visit. This post might give me more incentive to go his way next time. (Shh, don’t tell him I said that.)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted March 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Such a fun trip Bianca! Seattle is high on my bucket list, and after reading this I need to move it to a top spot!

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    Rosa @HHR posted March 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Haven’t had a crab sandwich before… looks really good! I’ll def check it out next time I visit my parents in Seattle.

    Are those donuts from Pike Place Market? The tiny donut shop there? Those are so good–esp b/c they’re made fresh.

    • Bianca Garcia replied March 23rd, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Yes the donuts are from that little stand in Pike Place where they are made fresh on the spot! Sooo good!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita posted March 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Ah, this is making me miss Seattle! I go to school about a half hour south of Seattle, and Saturdays in the city were the best :) so much good food!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted March 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    looks like such a fun trip! love that sandwich!

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