I love cheese. One of the best ways to enjoy it is via a grilled cheese sandwich (GCS). As a kid, I used to come home from school and eat a GCS or two as my “snack”. It was also one of the first dishes I learned to make – margarine, 2 pieces of wheat bread and a Kraft Single. As an adult, though, I’ve moved on to more “gourmet” versions and higher quality ingredients…like -REAL- cheese…hahaha.
I’ve been chasing the Grilled Cheese Truck around LA ever since I heard about it months ago. My first two attempts to partake in the ooey gooey yumminess were thwarted by crazy long lines. But when I read on Twitter that they would be at South Bay Mini in Torrance for some promotional event a couple of months ago, I told Husband that we were going and dammit, I was going to get me a GCS, even if I had to run people over (preferably in a shiny new Mini)!
When we got there, there was already a line. Fortunately, it wasn’t anywhere as bad as the last two we encountered. Sure, we still had to wait about 40 minutes before getting to the order window but I was on a mission. Even the threat of getting towed didn’t deter me; I just sent Husband to move the car instead…. Such a good spouse!
The Grilled Cheese Truck offers up several pre-made combinations and a list of ingredients for a build-your-own sandwich. Bacon, cheddar, gruyere, basil, and tomatoes are just some of the choices you have. There’s also a “sweet” section for a dessert-y grilled sandwich – banana, nutella and marshmallow!
Now, another way I enjoy eating cheese is in mac n’ cheese form. Imagine my delight when I saw the Cheesy Mac Melt. OMG…mac n’ cheese in a GCS? Sure, it sounds like carb overload but what a brilliant idea! Two of my favoritest cheesy things in one…
I opted to add in the BBQ pork and caramelized onions. Husband went with the original Cheesy Mac Melt. I also got an order of the Harvest Melt. Hey, I didn’t know when I would get to visit the Grilled Cheese Truck again!
Wear your stretchy pants when you eat Grilled Cheese Truck’s food because they don’t make skimpy sandwiches. My Cheesy Mac Melt was heavy, rich, delicious Southern comfort in between two slices of crispy, butter-toasted bread. I devoured this beast but it conquered my hunger so the Harvest Melt waited a few hours before consumption. After sitting around in a foil bag, the sandwich was still good but the bread had lost its toastiness. This was a great vegetarian option, full of fall flavors. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, which is surprising because I do like my proteins…
The Grilled Cheese Truck also serves up tater tots as a side and for 50 cents extra, you can get a dipping sauce. We got an order each and opted for the chipotle and nacho cheese sauces. Turns out, a single order of tots would have sufficed for the two of us. Not the best tots I’ve had, these were a bit on the greasy side and were a little soggy. The chipotle dip packed a bit of a kick but paired with oil-heavy tots and a heavy cheese sandwich, it was too rich for my stomach. The nacho cheese dip was actually better and lighter.
Last weekend, the Grilled Cheese Truck was back at South Bay Mini so Husband and I stopped on our way to the Del Amo Mall to indulge in some GCS goodness. This time, I tried their double-cream brie and pear with turkey while Husband went for the Cheesy Mac Melt again, but opted to add in bacon. Last time, we both felt that the original needed some sort of meaty product to offset all the starch.
I keep forgetting that I’m not a big turkey fan. I want to love turkey but at some point, my tastebuds and stomach go “DONE!”. The brie and pear were a great combo, with the brie not being overly strong but still having that bite to it. But at some point, the turkey did me in and I stopped enjoying the sandwich. I think next time, sans turkey. Or maybe I’ll try the Cheesy Mac Melt with bacon because it looked awfully good…and Husband didn’t give me a bite even though I kept giving him the “look”. He was too busy eating to notice, I guess…
Price wise, Grilled Cheese Truck isn’t the cheapest; our 2nd time eating their food cost us $18. A bit high for a “food truck”, but the sandwiches are fancier with better restaurant-quality ingredients so I don’t be-grudge the hit on my wallet as much.
4 NOMs for Grilled Cheese Truck!
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