8 West Coast Cheese Sandwiches
California, Oregon, and Washington have been churning out impressive small-producer fromages that hold their own against their European forebears. Climate, landscape, immigrant culture, and the support of discerning locavores have intersected to create the perfect backdrop for a cheese renaissance.
One of the best vehicles for showcasing the west coast's bounty is the easy-to-assemble, portable, and infinitely modifiable sandwich. Pass on old standbys like cheddar and provolone and try an artisanal—and affordable—west coast cheese. Here are 8 of varying textures and flavors and sandwich settings that make them sing.
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