Posts Tagged ‘grilled cheese’

by Joel Hawksley

Fresh off a long bike ride, the site of a food truck rodeo at The Village Grill in Grandin Village was welcome news. It didn’t take me long to give this sandwich a ride it would never forget.

CAPTION PLEASE. Talk about other menu items?

Despite the line, service was fast.

I visited: Toasted by Casey, a food truck based in Christiansburg, Va., at the Star City Food Truck Stop, held at The Village Grill in Roanoke, Virginia.

I tried: The Trippple Threat, a grilled cheese with deep-fried, breaded mozzarella sticks, American and mozzarella cheeses, and marina sauce sandwiched between slices of “Tuscan-seasoned” bread.

Why it stood out: Anything tastes good after a long bike ride, but this sandwich took it to another level. Paired with a Get Bent Mountain IPA from Parkway Brewing, I was really impressed with how well the fried treat translated to a grilled cheese sandwich. The cheese was perfectly melted inside and out, and the seasoned bread (WHAT ARE THOSE FLAKES?!?!) kicked it up a notch.

It cost: $6

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$6 Snack is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review! Find out how.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Grilled cheese with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes

What does one do when the grocery store gods mark mushrooms and muenster cheese on sale? One stocks up on pumpernickel bread, grabs sun-dried tomatoes from the pantry and makes grilled cheese.


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by Sarah Steimer

Broccoli-cheddar grilled cheese

The concept is pretty obvious: the sandwich version of the beloved broccoli-cheddar soup. (If you prefer the liquid version, check out Caitlin’s popular recipe here.)


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by Sarah Steimer

I've been loving my green meals this spring. We had a chilly, rainy day last Friday and this was the perfect meal (served with a side of apples).

I’ve been loving my green meals this spring. We had a chilly, rainy day last Friday and this was the perfect meal (served with a side of apples).


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by Caitlin Saniga

Every grilled cheese comes with a paper mini-umbrella and sides of cole slaw and Goldfish crackers. I ordered the Number Four, which has mozzarella, sun-dried tomato pesto and arugula.

Akron, Ohio’s best grilled cheese can be found at The Lockview, a moody restaurant/bar (with a seasonal rooftop patio) downtown. The menu centers on a list of 12 grilled cheese sandwiches and a slew of other playful sandwiches and appetizers.

On my most recent trip there (I try to go every time I’m in the area, my hometown), I ordered the Number Four — toasty mozzarella, sun-dried tomato pesto and arugula with Parmesan cheese on Italian bread. The sandwich came with a small cup of cole slaw, which is a mayonnaise-based cabbage-and-carrot slaw with celery seed, and a pile of Goldfish crackers. No matter the sandwich, the crackers and slaw make the meal. It sounds crazy, but the flavor combination is perfect. The plate of food cost just $6. You can add tater tots, French fries or sweet potato fries for an added cost.

Kristina ordered the fish soft taco with fresh-cut French fries.

The grilled cheese sandwiches range in price from $4.50 to $7.

I ordered a drink called I’m Blushing, and, after two sips, I’m sure I was blushing. Those drinks are far from wimpy.

Some of the others I’ve tried (and generally loved) include the Number Two, which is Mozzarella cheese, tomato and pepperoni on Italian bread with a side of marinara;

Kristina always orders this coffee drink, but I can’t remember what it’s called. I know it’s $9 and she loves it.

the Number Six, which is Cheddar cheese, grilled apples and applewood smoked bacon on buttertop bread; and the Number Ten, which is Havarti dill cheese, pickles, grilled red onions and spicy brown mustard on rye bread.

Appetizers range from $3.50 to $7 and include macaroni and cheese bites, deep-fried pepperoni, and a bread basket with dipping oils. Other signature sandwiches range from $6 to $7. On my recent trip, my friend Kristina raved about the fish soft taco ($7), which she’s ordered several times.

But The Lockview’s drink menu is one of the best perks. The beer menu is always evolving and includes a long list of imports. They keep a neat list of beers on the chalkboard above the bar (and online, with wines), but be sure to ask about specials when you go. They also have a decent mixed drinks menu. On my visit, I ordered a drink called I’m Blushing ($8.50), which is Skyy vodka, fresh mint, muddled cranberries, fresh lime and cranberry juice. The cranberries made it seem like a holiday version of a mojito.

Kristina and I had a great time catching up at The Lockview. The atmosphere was cozy, with candles at each table and strings of light bulbs zig-zagged overhead. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly and wasn’t annoyed that we chatted in our booth for nearly two hours. That’s the kind of place it is. People go there to spend time enjoying the atmosphere and each other’s company.

Visit The Lockview in the downtown Akron: 207 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308; thelockview.com

Photos: Caitlin Saniga

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried.

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by Sarah Steimer

No one said grilled cheese couldn't be sweet. These are great breakfast sandwiches. Add goat cheese and fruit to almost any sweet bread and you're looking good.

  • 8 slices walnut raisin bread (or cinnamon raisin bread)
  • 1/2 log of goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, roughly chopped.
  • butter, softened

I’ll admit that I actually found cranberry-cinnamon goat cheese at Giant Eagle, but I imagine this would be just as easy. Let the goat cheese soften on the counter for about an hour and whip in cinnamon and cranberries.

Spread the cheese mixture generously on four of the slices of bread. Butter the outsides and toast in a pan or sandwich maker. Cut into fancy triangles if you so please and serve with coffee or tea like the royalty you are.

Makes four regular sandwiches or multiple little princess sandwiches.

Recipe: Sarah Steimer

Photo: Sarah Steimer

*During the month of February, we’ll post six grilled cheese recipes as part of Grilled, Please — all of which can be found here.

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by Caitlin Saniga

I made this for Sarah when we lived together. She thought I was insane until she took a bite.

My family used to eat at Jimmy's Cafe somewhat regularly. I think this photo was taken in 2007. Check out the murals!

I first tried a sandwich like this at Jimmy’s Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — a restaurant I believe may have closed in early 2009 (pity!). My grandma had stumbled upon this New Orleans-style eatery/coffee shop and fell in love with its colorful decor (the restaurant’s founder, Jimmy Van Hoose, was an artist) and its super-friendly staff. She took the whole family to Jimmy’s for dinner on several occasions, and every time, I’d order this magnificent grilled cheese. We asked for the recipe, and the chef let us in on the few secret ingredients. And now I’m letting you in on them, too. Enjoy!

  • orange marmalade
  • 4 slices Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • olive oil (I use extra-virgin)
  • Parmesan cheese

Sarah found a tip in a grilled cheese cookbook that suggested using shredded cheese for grilled cheese because it melts faster. I tried it, and it worked. But my grill ended up covered in little pieces of cheese.

Spread a generous layer of orange marmalade on two slices of bread. On each of the two remaining slices, spread a half-cup of shredded cheese. Sprinkle feta over the cheese. Assemble the sandwiches by putting a marmalade-covered slice on top of a cheese-covered slice. Lightly brush both sides of the sandwiches with olive oil.

Place sandwiches on an electric grill (I use a George Foreman grill), and close the press. Cook for about 5 minutes or until sandwiches have golden brown grill marks. (Check midway to assess dark spots, and flip sandwiches if necessary).

When sandwiches are done, remove from the grill with a spatula and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese.

Serve warm.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Recipe inspired by: Jimmy’s Cafe

Photos: Caitlin Saniga

*During the month of February, we’ll post six grilled cheese recipes as part of Grilled, Please — all of which can be found here.

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