Gallery: First Look: Ripple's Grilled Cheese Bar, Washington D.C.

Classic BLT ($9)
Classic BLT ($9)
Made with Benton's bacon, organic greens, sun dried tomatoes, and Dancing Fern cheese on multigrain. The bacon and sun dried tomatoes combine for a smoky, salty flavor and a little crispness. The Dancing Fern, a washed rind, is tangy and smooth.
Stinky Pete ($9)
Stinky Pete ($9)
Made with "hideously smelly" Torta la Serena cheese, long beans, and anchovy on multigrain. The first thing you'll notice is the strong saltiness of the anchovies. Then you'll remember that the Torta la Serena is supposed to be hideously smelly. While it is pungent, the Spanish cheese is not offensive and has a smooth, complex flavor with hints of thistle and cardoon.
Swiss Bank Account ($12)
Swiss Bank Account ($12)
One of the favorites on the menu, the Swiss Bank Account is made with prosciutto, Challerhocker, and truffle butter on ciabatta. While the prosciutto is excellent, the real stars here are the Challerhocker and truffle butter. Described as "what swiss cheese should be," Challerhocker is rich and buttery and enhanced by the added richness of the truffles.
DIY Grilled Cheese ($7)
DIY Grilled Cheese ($7)
DIY grilled cheese start at $7 for cheese and spread only and can be added on to with additional cheese, spreads, and toppings. For this one, I told the server that I liked the Swiss Bank Account and wanted to try the brioche, so we ended up with this: calabrese, prosciutto, Dancing Fern, and garlic aoli on brioche. Very similar to the Swiss Bank Account but the addition of the garlic aoli and brioche add an extra dimension of sweet and sharp.