Kids these days. All they ever want to eat is sugary cereal and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Wait, what's wrong with grilled cheese?
Though adults may have the upper hand when it comes to filing tax returns, it's the kids who first learn the meaning of comfort food. But you didn't have to grow up eating grilled cheese sandwiches to like them. All that is required is that you love cheese. Is that so much to ask?
I would take the Grilled Cheese Royale ($8) at The Curious Palate any day, and I would justify my choice with the line, "It ends with royale." Skip the limp, pre-sliced squares and substitute cheeses with character. First, a 4-year Quebec sharp cheddar tells you, "This is going to be good." Next, the nutty flavor of Gruyère keeps you interested bite after bite. Finally, the mild undertone of fresh mozzarella holds everything in check and balance—after all, this is an adult sandwich.
In short, this is three essential cheeses melted into a harmonious triad between two sturdy slices of grilled wheat bread. The bread is dense and has a satisfying crunch, exactly what you would want and expect in a grilled cheese. Excuse me, grilled cheese royale.
The Curious Palate
Santa Monica location: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica CA 90401 (map)
About the author: Sarah Woo is a pasture-raised, California girl paired with slow-grilled Santa Maria tri-tip and piquant Korean kimchi. Check out her kitchen adventures at Winner Celebration Party. You can also follow her on Twitter at @wcpartyparty.