Toronto Dish of the Month (Sep 2012) - Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Announcing the September 2012 Toronto Dish of the Month: Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The goal is to collectively try as many different grilled cheese sandwiches as possible during the month of September! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos of the best grilled cheese you can find.
Gorilla Cheese Dave. I'll say it again. Gorilla Cheese. There is none other. I've eaten every one of the ones below. They aren't always all available but I stalk that truck like a fool! The Lumberjack, The Quirky Turkey, and the Neapolitan are my personal faves!
The O.G. (Original Gorilla) – The classic! Cheddar on White or Multigrain $5.50
The Hammer – Cheddar, Blackforest Ham, sliced Granny Smith Apples, Honey Mustard on White $7.50
The Lumberjack – Cheddar, Bacon, sliced Granny Smith Apples, real Maple Syrup on White $7.50
The Gorilla Sarducci – Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Glaze on Multigrain $7.50
The Binder – DOUBLE CHEESE!! Cheddar, Mozzarella, Hot Pepper Brick on White $8.50
The Bubba – Cheddar, Pulled Pork, Homemade Cole Slaw on White $7.50
The Zesty Mordant – Hot Pepper Brick, Jalapenos, Zesty Doritos on White (limited edition) $7.50
The Big Katuna – Mozzarella, Tuna Salad, Avocado Spread, Red Onion on White or Multigrain (limited edition) $7.50
The Quirky Turkey – Mozzarella, Smoked Provincial Cheese, Turkey, Sliced Pear, Cranberry Sauce, Marble Rye (limited edition) $7.50
*Add Hot Peppers (Jalapeno) $.50*
The Neapolitan – Nutella, Fresh Strawberries, “Marshcarpone” cheese (Mascarpone whipped with Marshmallow Spread) on Cinnamon Raisin Bread $5.00 (Seasonal)
The Cheeky Monkey – Nutella, Peanut Butter, Sliced Bananas on Cinnamon Raisin Bread $5.00
I admit, after having voted for Grilled Cheese, I was then at a bit of a loss as to where to actually eat Grilled Cheese. It's not on the menu at all that many places that I can think of.
But there was at least one obvious place: The Grilled Cheese in Kensington Market.
I've been there before and while I'm not a crazy huge fan (almost all of their combos include at least one ingredient I don't particularly care for), I think they do a pretty competent job at a fairly reasonable price point. It's not cheap, but they don't skimp on the cheese.
I ordered the mushroom version, which was good and reasonably cheap ($6 plus tax). It's not destination dining by a long shot, but if I'm visiting Lettuce Knit, it's a decent option, especially once other things in the Market start to close as it's open fairly late.
re: Full tummy
My hope is to get back to The Brickworks this weekend and post a picture of Chef Ezra's fabulous grilled cheese sandwich from Chez Vous. Great way to start my Saturday morning. Not sure but I believe his cheddar is from Monte Forte. I must ask next time.
It's a simple sandwich done just right. Nice 7 grain type bread and usually a hit of bacon just to gild the lily.
re: Full tummy
It really is amazing. The surroundings are wonderful too. Nothing beats it on a beautiful sunny morn.
The market is from 8 AM to 1 PM and Ezra is ready to roll. I find come noon things are either sold out or dwindling down so the earlier the better.
Afterwards you should try the sweet potato donuts from the stall next door.
They are both at the back to the left as you enter from the front parking lot. I am directionally challenged so I hope this helps Full tummy. Enjoy and please give Ezra my regards.
Agree on both Ezra's sandwich at The Brickworks (and the sweet potato donuts - from LOIC, I think?). So good.
Curious about some recs for the best "old school" grilled cheese - just cheese on bread, maybe challah, or something like that. Sometimes I crave that, as do my kids. I've been to the place in Kensington - waited 45 minutes and staff was really frazzled - thought it was good, not great.
Has anyone tried the sandwiches at The Construction Site at Yonge and Eg?The Senator used to have a great one but I haven't been lately.
Heres my rundown of the grilled cheese shops ive tried in Toronto.
1. Say Cheese (Bloor/St George) tried the Nacho libre which is (guacamole, salsa, jalapenos, cheddar) and a pulled pork and pasta (pulled pork, barbeque sauce, mac n cheese and cheddar) priced very well comes with a side salad and presented well if you are eating there. Both sandwiches were very good I tried the pulled pork as a novelty but surprisingly the mac n cheese and pulled pork went well together though I must admit I am a sucker for pulled pork and it was VERY good. Nacho Libre was amazing too though I wish they did not take out the seeds in the jalapenos (but i guess not everyone can take the spice) I follow their instagram and it looks like they will be having new sandwiches too~ cant wait to try the bulgogi grilled cheese if im in the area!
2. Gorilla Cheese (Food Truck) tried the Bubba (pulled pork, cole slaw and cheddar) and the Big Katuna (Tuna, Guacamole, onions and mozzarella) Price was good and I liked the bubba, the pulled pork was nice and tender and the slaw was a nice touch to give it a bit of a crunch wasnt too big of a fan of the Big Katuna.
3. Cheesewerks (King and Bathurst) tried the Beijing (bbq pork, hoisin sauce, asiago cheese) and the Houston ( beef , jalapeno jack cheese, and BBQ sauce). The Beijing was good but then again I love bbq pork and hoisin sauce and that seemed to overpower the taste of the cheese. The Houston was good but it seems like they cheaped out on the beef, it kinda tasted like store bought roast beef.. Pricing is pretty steep here for what you get but their sandwiches are quite tasty though I would prefer a bit less butter personally (though butter makes grilled cheese sooooo goood!!)
4. The grilled cheese (Augusta/Nassau) Ive been here countless times, had all their sandwiches but to be honest now with all these new places popping up they fell down to the bottom of my list. Pricing is ok but I think they need to step up with all the competition in the taste department.
Anyone else know of any other grilled cheese shops to add to this list? I will definitely report back! :)
IMHO this "dish of the month" thread isn't the best fit for our Ontario board. From what I've observed, Toronto hounds seem to be the most active of the participants and comparing one version of something to another is something we'd normally do via a post..eg. Best pizza, best wings etc.
I travel a lot and often frequent other regional/country/city boards. What strikes me is how "tourist focussed" most of those boards seem to be vs this board. I wonder if that's why a thread like the one is more popular on those boards...since those boards don't tend to do that type of comparisons as a matter of course like we do. I love to come here for trusted feedback on restaurants, info on markets, ingredients etc. I'm shopping and dining better as a result of the great tips and advice I've read on this Ontario board.
I love the idea of having a recurring thread but wonder if we might be more successful on this board with something like "new cuisine in town", "best service award", "worst service award" "best ethnic market" etc....
just a thought.
"The original" - um, I can't imagine this. Leslieville Cheese Market is a relative newbie. "The best" - actually I was sadly disappointed by the paltry amount of cheese in the sammie I had there a couple of years ago. Would not spend that kind of money again, unless I felt convinced something had changed.