The Truck: The Grilled Cheese Experience; locations can be found on their website.
The Fare: Grilled cheese sandwiches and soup.
The Stop: As I approach the truck emblazoned with a smiling grilled cheese sandwich slightly resembling a character from Comedy Central's Adult Swim, it is hard to not to smile.
In its fourth week, The Grilled Cheese Experience has already managed to sell out of sandwiches this past Sunday at the Fremont Market. Josh "don't print my last name because there may be a warrant out for my arrest" may be new to the food truck scene, but as a 15-year veteran chef, he is anything but new to the cooking scene.
Josh and his partner Julie initially started the grilled cheese concept last summer by making appearances at several farmers markets in Seattle and private events. They leveraged the markets to perfect their recipes and get a sense for what the public wants on their cheese bombs.Here is where they have landed with their grown-up renditions of Kraft single cheese slices sandwiched in-between two slices of Wonder bread:
Bread: The grilled cheese chef bakes his own bread and gets the rest of it from local artisan bakers. I am not sure where the butter comes from, but my glistening thumbprints lead me to believe it comes from the constellation Ursa Major Coronary Blockage.
Cheese: As for the cheese, Josh sources them from creameries in Washington and Oregon that are hormone and additive free.
Options: With 6 grilled cheese options on the menu, Josh has given this comfort food classic a facelift. The Super Deluxe is a gut bomb with chipotle cheddar from Samish Bay, bacon that Josh smokes himself, and caramelized onions on parmesan sourdough.
If you go the straight-up veggie route, don't expect lighter fare because your mouth is about to fall on a grenade of goat cheese, mozzarella, portobello mushroom, and caramelized onions. At least the sandwich comes with some greens.
The reuben and the special, the Croque Monsieur, must be something fierce as the Amazonians have been seen devouring them in South Lake Union.
Whatever you do, do not forget to order a side of Josh's tomato basil soup for dipping your grease-drenched sandwich.
Need another hit? Try the $3 Mac and Cheese.