It’s no secret that The Cellar at Beecher’s is one of my favorite places to grab drinks with friends. While my sister was in town, we attempted to go there twice, but both times, it was booked for holiday parties. They offered happy hour service upstairs in their cafe space though. Not the same ambiance, but at least we still got to have their fabulous mac and cheese.
From our table, we could see the cheesemaking team working their magic. I’ve been vegetarian for years and still eat cheese, but seeing such large quantities of cheese was a combination of fascinating and horrifying for me. I mean, look at that! That’s an insane amount of cheese.
Happy hour is 3pm to 7pm daily and includes a $5 infused cocktail and $6 house wines. During our visit, it was a vodka cocktail infused with pomegranate and orange. Not bad, light and refreshing. If you’re looking for something strong to take the edge off after a long day, this particular cocktail isn’t for you. I later had a glass of Chardonnay, which was lovely with both dishes we ordered.
The mushroom tart ($13) wasn’t what we were expecting. When you say tart, I’m thinking a quiche, flatbread, or puff pastry type of thing with baked mushrooms. This was a mushroom bowl with a flaky pastry on the side. The mixture of shiitake, crimini, and portobella mushrooms was very tasty and juicy though.
On the dinner menu, the 14oz “world’s best” mac and cheese is $15. The 10oz happy hour mac and cheese is $8, so we got two of those for table of three. Just as good as I remembered. Beecher’s uses combines their Flagship Cheese and Just Jack cheese, creating a rich and creamy blend. It’s also very well seasoned, not just a thick cheesy mixture.