There are so many Food Trucks out there I'm dying to try that I just can't seem to track down. The Grilled Cheese Truck is not one of them. Don't get me wrong, I had been dying to try it and still would be if I hadn't tried it yet. But it almost seems like the Grilled Cheese Truck has been tracking me down, and I like to imagine a world where food trucks stalk me home at night, camping outside my front door, battling for my attention... We can all dream, can't we?
But, I do keep crossing paths with the Grilled Cheese Truck, and that's a fact I've grown very comfortable with. Maybe it has something to do with the truck often parking in front of Meltdown Comics (below) just a couple blocks from my home.
The Grilled Cheese Truck wisely times their appearance with a number of the popular comic book store's events. My first experience with the truck came a few weeks ago during Meltdown's Wednesday night comedy show (if you live in Los Angeles, enjoy free beer and have eight dollars, you will not find a better value for top-notch comedy). My second experience came this last weekend during a Kids and Comics event. I don't have any kids, but I did have an appetite for grilled cheese and descended upon the truck with three hungry friends. There's been a line both times, and there's usually about a fifteen minute wait once you've ordered. The GCT - with multiple trucks - seems to have established a loyal fan base.
I decided to go simple this time, and by simple that meant the Caprese Melt (below), stuffed with heirloom tomato, basil and cheese. Of course, you can go even simpler, sticking with just the cheese (your choice of American, sharp cheddar, double cream brie and gruyere) and French or wheat bread. But the Truck's menu also allows you to get adventurous.
For some, that adventure may be the Cheesy Mac and Rib (below), clearly stuffed with macaroni and cheese, in addition to the cheddar, bbq pork and caramelized onions. This was a big hit with my compatriots, but the mac and cheese was a little overkill for me. Other elaborate creations include the the Brie Melt, filled with the double cream brie, sliced pears and honey and served on cranberry walnut bread.
The truck also serves sides. The tater tots are fantastic, but you can also balance your meal out with a cup of tomato soup or bowl of mac and cheese. But this time, I saved room for a second sandwich. The Dessert Melt comes tricked out with sweet ingredients like roasted banana puree, Nutella and marshmallow. As I bit into the gooey center of the grilled sandwich, I had a zen moment where I understood the true existence of the grilled cheese truck. The Dessert Melt is the truck's reason for existence, as it also now my reason for existence and I would kill a man for another.