All hail the coming of the grilled-cheese restaurants

There’s a secret at work. But it’s not big secret, so I’m going to tell you what it is. The new “deluxe grilled cheese” in the cafeteria? It may be a rip-off.

Yep, the word on the street is that “deluxe” means “pretty much the same thing, except $2 more.” Instead of the grillmasters throwing in Texas toast* and a little bacon or tomato out of the goodness of their grillmaster hearts, the love is now going to cost you. Meanwhile, the normal grilled cheese has left the menu. The new normal somehow costs more than a cheeseburger.

The grilled-cheese restaurants have arrived just in time then. If Cereality and Krispy Kreme can’t make it to my neighborhood, I want a grilled-cheese restaurateurs. All hail them and the trend stories that announce their arrival, including one this January in the Akron Beacon Journal. Thanks to Jess for the link. I bring you the highlights.

“The Lockview restaurant, formerly the Lime Spider, offers nine different versions of a grilled cheese sandwich, from mozzarella with roasted red peppers and portobello mushrooms, to smoked cheddar with apple slices and bacon on pretzel bread…. Diamond Deli’s signature, though, is its dusting of the outside of the grilled bread with grated Parmesan cheese. It adds a little extra cheesiness that customers love, he said….

“Magilavy said most customers opt for wheat or Italian bread for their grilled cheese, but he believes rye is the best and most overlooked…. For plainer cheeses, Hannon suggests a more flavorful bread, like tomato herb or rosemary garlic…. Troyer advocates her family favorite — lacy baby Swiss served with strawberry jam — as the best grilled cheese….

Time to make dinner, right? Stay tuned for the sidebar, getting the personal favorites of each of these cooks. Which one of them is lactose intolerant? The drama makes me hungry.

*Yes, despite what millions of American menus would have you believe, it’s Texas toast and not Texas Toast. The trademark is dead.

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