One of the first food carts we made a specific effort to try was The Grilled Cheese Grill. We heard many rave reviews and one sunny afternoon we decided to take a leisurely bike ride up to try the grown-up versions of a grilled cheese sandwich.
We were also very interested in seeing their airstream kitchen and school bus dining room. Since it was a sunny day we opted to sit outside at one of the picnic tables generously covered by large umbrellas. The Grilled Cheese Grill menu consisted of, you guessed it, grilled cheese sandwiches. There are traditional grilled cheese (choose your bread, choose your cheese) and fancied-up grilled cheese with items like apples, bacon and blue cheese.
Our eyes immediately went to the Cheesus Burger. That's right - a burger with grilled cheese as the buns. Yes, that's the top and the bottom bun both grilled cheese. But this is the Grilled Cheese Grill so the top bun/grilled cheese was made with pickles and American cheese and the other bun/grilled cheese was grilled onion and colby jack cheese, served with the traditional burger items tomato, lettuce, onions, mustard and ketchup. Genius. Surprisingly not a greasy mess that the menu indicated and what a grown-up grilled cheese should be.
The Grilled Cheese Grill
1027 NE Alberta, corner of 11th & Alberta
We aren't the only ones who feel the Grilled Cheese Grill and Portland's Food Cart scene is pretty terrific. Men's Health Magazine recently conducted an epic day of food cart eating, 14 carts in 16 hours and yes, the Grilled Cheese Grill's Cheesus was featured! Full article can be found in August 2010 issue of Men's Health. Thanks FoodCartsPortland blog for reminding us of the terrific Grilled Cheese Grill.