Begin your foray into the city’s fromage front at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (*1600 Pike Pl; beechershandmadecheese.com), where the flagship penne mac and cheese is a frontrunner. Oddfellows Cafe + Bar (1525 10th Ave; oddfellowscafe.com) and Skillet (multiple locations; skilletfood.com) also serve mouthwatering mac and cheese, while Bitterroot (5239 Ballard Ave NW; bitterrootbbq.com) in Ballard offers build-your-own options, with add-ins like pulled pork.
For creative takes on grilled cheese—with names like Voldemortadella—stop by the new brick-and-mortar outpost of Cheese Wizards (3205 15th Ave W; wizardsofcheese.com), which started as a popular food truck.
When it comes to cheese boards, Seattle’s game is strong. French bistro Le Pichet (1933 First Ave; lepichetseattle.com) might top the list, with extensive charcuterie and wine-pairing options for its euro-centric cheeses. Capitol Hill’s Poppy (622 Broadway E; poppyseattle.com) serves a starter cheese plate with farmstead cheeses and chutney, and neighboring Bitter/Raw inside Lark (952 E Seneca St; larkseattle.com) mixes European and Northwest cheeses from local producers. In nearby Madrona, Bottlehouse (1416 34th Ave; bottlehouseseattle.com) wine bar boasts a board of seasonal cheeses personalized by its cheesemonger to pair with your drink of choice, plus a dessert cheese board if you’re in the mood for something sweet.
Round out your cheese tour at Kurt Farm Shop (1424 11th Ave; kurtwoodfarms.com). Tucked in Capitol Hill’s market-concept Chophouse Row, the walk-up sells signature varieties from its Vashon Island farm.
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