Autumn Sunset at Cheese Plus
Grilled Cheese From Hog Island Oyster Company
Hog Island uses a combination of three very different cheeses: stinky cave aged gruyère, tart fromage blanc, and mezzo secco, a semi-firm cow’s milk cheese with a soft, milky flavor. When heated together, the cheeses achieve the perfect melting consistency; pulling apart in long, gooey strands. The flavor is a sharp and nutty. It would be perfect washed down with a glass of white wine.
Burrata at Blue Barn Gourmet
And what do you know, that’s exactly how this sandwich from Blue Barn ($9) starts. On top of the burrata there are layers of peppery arugula and sliced Roma tomatoes which help to balance out the richness of the cheese. A smear of pesto aioli finishes off this delicious caprese-meets-grilled cheese sandwich.
TBD at Mission Cheese
The gouda has a great melting texture—it becomes soft but not leaky, which is important to stand up to the extra crunchy slices of Della Fattoria bread. The sandwich is grilled into a delicious, squishy flatness and each bite releases a stream of olive oil onto your hands.
Grilled Cheese of the Day at Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick
Grilled Cheese at Arlequin Cafe
Jalapeño Popper at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
One of the most interesting, and most popular, is the Jalapeño Popper ($9). The combination of goat cheese, apricot-jalapeno relish, and bacon is killer—it's an excellent fusion of creamy tangy chevre, spicy kick, and smoke. On some visits, the relish was applied too liberally: rather than adding a hint of sweet, it dominated the goat cheese and clashed with the bacon. All in all, it's a sandwich worth trying, perhaps with the added request to go easy on the relish.