What's more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich made by Mom? Believe it or not, the answer might just be a hot and gooey grilled cheese sandwich cooked up by a couple of bearded dudes in a gleaming silver trailer in Portland, Oregon.
We'd heard that The Grilled Cheese Grill featured the best grilled cheese in Portland (who could doubt Reader's Digest?) - but how cool to learn that it's all served from a truck, at one of Portland's numerous food cart pods -- this one located at SE 28th and Ankeny.
It's hard to decide which is more enticing - the sleek, torpedo-shaped trailer that houses the grill, or the double-decker Partridge Family style school bus that serves as the dining facility. The youngest in our party insists that the bus is THE place to dine, and climbs to the top floor several times.
The tabletops are covered in easy-to-clean decoupage featuring dozens of elementary school class pictures.
Step up to the grill window and place an order. You'll be greeted with a smile, and handed a claim check featuring the face of a 1980's TV icon. Appropriately, mine was Mr. T of the A Team.
Our order is as varied as our party, and one can experience everything from classic grilled cheese to nouveau cuisine.
The Gabby features four cheeses – Tillamook Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella and Colby Jack. The Jersey offers sautéed mushrooms and Swiss on marble rye. The Mondor layers Pepperjack Cheese, avocado, fresh red onion and roasted red pepper. The Kindergartner (appropriately chosen by our Kindergartner-to-be) is classic grilled cheese on white or multi-grain topped with the regions best - Tillamook Cheddar Cheese. You can opt to have the crusts cut off. And there are plenty of other options that will have you reliving your misspent youth.
A few bites, and we're all luxuriating in a luscious lactose high. The recipe is simple - just butter, bread and cheese. But, what stringy, delicious satisfaction! If you're ever in Portland, take some time to savor a scrumptious, second childhood courtesy of the Grilled Cheese Grill.