Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This weekend, on a trip to Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, I was lucky enough to stumble upon THE GRILLED CHEESE truck. Food Trucks have sprouted all over L.A. in the last couple of years. I have seen the original taco truck to Vietnamese, to Korean BBQ, to Dim Sum, to Burgers and Hot Dogs, and now the Grilled Cheese. In my opinion, what makes the food truck so popular is its obvious convenience but also its offering of either comfort food like a grilled cheese or a dish that is unique and interesting like the Korean BBQ taco. These trucks are no longer grease mobiles but actually offer high quality gourmet food. The best way to find one of these fun eateries is to follow them on twitter. They tweet their location and the time they'll be there. I've seen them on Wilshire Blvd., 3rd street in Santa Monica, and downtown. If you decide to go on the adventure, be prepared to wait in line especially if it's the weekend. The line for the Grilled Cheese truck was about 45 minutes. But, if you are a foodie, its definitely worth the wait.
Their menu spans from the classic grilled cheese to caprese grilled cheese, to the "Harvest Melt" with butternut squash, gruyere cheese, and a balsamic reduction. Dare I say they even have a dessert sandwich with marshmallow, Nutella, and banana-sooooo good! However, the cream of the crop is their "Signature Melt." Mac and cheese, caramelized onions, and BBQ smoked pork between two grilled pieces of bread, honestly I don't know if it gets any better than that. It just goes to show that if you can do one thing really well with a few variations,that's all you need for success. So keep an eye out for the bright orange truck or any truck for that matter, and try something different. I guarantee you'll be pleasantly surprised.