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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (SOMA), SF?

hhc Jun 16, 2010 08:51 PM

Who's tried it? It's open, but no chowhound reports, some Yelpers like it.

Lunch menu:
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
all sandwiches are served on sliced country-style rustic levain, a partial whole-wheat bread baked daily
*all sandwiches are served with a seasonal whole fresh fruit
**all sandwiches can be served on house made, gluten-free bread +50c.
Mousetrap
Tillamook sharp cheddar, creamy havarti, monterey jack 6-
add applewood-smoked bacon +1.5, add roasted tomato +50c, add bread n'butter pickles +50c
Moscone
fresh mozzarella, fontina, roasted tomatoes, basil-lavender pesto, kalamata olive tapenade 8-
Piglet
Tillamook sharp cheddar, artisan cured ham, apple mustard, rosemary butter 8-
Mushroom Gruyère
fontina, gruyère, roasted wild mushrooms + gold potatoes, melted leeks, thyme butter 9-
Jalapeño Popper
chèvre, monterey jack, applewood-smoked bacon, apricot-jalapeño relish 9-
Wild Turkey
creamy havarti, Willie Bird smoked turkey, ancho chili jam, arugula, pickled red onions 9-
Windy City
provolone, roast beef, house-made giardiniera (Chicago-style marinated diced pepper mix), garlic butter 9-
The Red, White and Blue Plate Special
little sandwich + tomato soup or organic green salad. 8-
(+1 for sandwiches over 8)

Soups & Salads
Smoky Tomato Soup
house made with crème fraîche, croutons 4-
Stella's Cobb Salad
chèvre, organic mixed greens, egg, organic cherry tomatoes, pickled red onions, smoked turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, buttermilk dressing 9-
Tilly's Veggie Salad
feta, organic mixed greens, egg, organic cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, croutons, champagne vinaigrette 8-

Little organic green salad with champaigne vinaigrette and croutons 3-
House made New York deli-style pickle 1.5-
Kettle potato chips 1.75-

Fresh Baked Yummies
Savory Bread Pudding
crème fraîche, herbs cheese and other seasonal fillings 6-
Sweet Bread Pudding
buttermilk, house-made bourbon-butter sauce

Sweets
Cookie 1.5-
Killer butterscotch brownie with pecans 2.5-

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
1 South Park Ave. Suite 103A (@ 2nd St)
San Francisco, 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
www.theamericansf.com/
Hours & Location

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
Credit cards ok

Coming Soon:
breakfast, early evening, weekend and catering service

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South Park Cafe
108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
1 South Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    bobpantzer Jun 17, 2010 09:02 AM

    I've been twice--would have gone more except the line is always so long. They sold out every day during their first week. The sandwiches are delicious and inventive and they continue to try and improve, removing some menu items and replacing them with others. The staff is very efficient and friendly. Very limited counter seating inside and only a few tables on the outside patio, normally in full sun. Get there very early or very late. They've gotten some new refrigeration equipment which they hope will help eliminate their "sold out" signs.

    1. hhc Jun 25, 2010 06:14 AM

      They are now open Sat from 12pm-4pm. Hope to read more reports.

      The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
      1 South Park Ave. Suite 103A (@ 2nd St)
      San Francisco, 94107
      Neighborhood: SOMA
      www.theamericansf.com/
      Hours & Location

      Opening Hours:
      Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
      Sat 12-4
      Credit cards ok

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      South Park Cafe
      108 South Park, San Francisco, CA 94107

      The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
      1 South Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

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        edwink Jul 10, 2010 11:00 PM

        Wow. Talk about creative and delicious (and worth the wait). I've been twice now, and since I live in the neighborhood, my second visit was during their newly launched breakfast hours.

        First visit for lunch I had the piglet (cheddar, smoked ham, rosemary butter on levain) a tomato soup, and a housemade soda, the grepefruit pink-peppercorn. The sandwich was crunchy on the outside, hot and melty on the inside, and the soup was a perfect sidekcick. That rosemary butter also topped off the savoryness of it all. The perfect sidekick? The sweet tomato soup (nice because it's not a bisque, like most restaurant soups).The grapefurit soda was refreshing, and the peppercorn sort of sizzled on my tongue. I like the interesting blend.

        Went for the breakfast piglet sandwich. Same as the lunch piglet, except with a fresh fried egg. I bit into it, and the yolk melted into my bread. AHHH Yeah!!! I would have dipped the sandwich in the yolk, but they took care of that for me. And it's an even better value at only $5! (vs. the $9 lunch sandwich, which was still worth every penny).

        Highly recommedn thsi place if you want something inventive, and sophisticated. And most importantly - delicious!

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        The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
        1 South Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

      2. jillyju Jul 11, 2010 01:53 PM

        I went about a week ago and had the Mushroom Gruyere sandwich and a cup of the soup. I thought the soup was fine but not great, although I genuinely couldn't say what would have elevated it to "great". I really enjoyed the sandwich, however. I enjoyed the bread, the caramelization of the cheese that had dripped onto the griddle, and the generous and delicious flavors. I did end up removing the slices of yukon potato after one bite, finding them a distraction from the flavors of the mushrooms and leeks. If I ordered it again, I would just ask for it to be made without.

        Having said that, while I got a kick out of my sandwich, I am not sure that I would make a point of going again, simply because it was too much of a wait and a scene. I'm glad for their success, and they certainly make a good product, but if I worked in the area I wouldn't want to spend all my available lunch time waiting in a line and I can't imagine it becoming a destination for me as someone who is not often in the neighborhood.

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          FrenziedPalate Aug 31, 2010 06:41 PM

          At home, I do a traditional grilled cheese without any special fixings. Just good bread and cheese. Seeing this place in a travel magazine, I was curious to try it out during my short stop in San Francisco. I went there on a Wednesday for lunch en route to a Giants game. I arrived just before the lunch rush, a tad before noon. I didn't know what to get so I asked the girl at the till and she suggested the Jalapeño Popper as her favorite (the owner loves the Black and Blue). I was curious about the basil-lavender pesto though. My Jalapeño Popper (with 2 strawberries) arrived and I could see the hearty and earthy bread was well-toasted and slightly buttery. I'm not really a jalapeño fan, but the spicy kick was complimented by the sweetness from the apricot-jalapeño relish. The sandwich had an excellent balance of cheese, bread, bacon, jalapeño and relish so no single component overpowered the other. US$9 seemed a bit much to me, but I think the sandwich was well worth it.

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