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Apr 12, 2012

Cheese Wheels

Food trucks put a new spin on the grilled cheese

Trying to pinpoint the origins of the grilled cheese sandwich is like trying to explain why the Titanic sank: It’s just not that easy. By most accounts, at least in this country, it came to prominence during the Great Depression because bread and cheese were plentiful and cheap.

Necessities need sprucing up too and the sandwich has had its fair share of reinvention. So, while April 12 officially marks National Grilled Cheese Day, the good news is that it has incredible staying power, easily adapting to the changing times. And what's more on-trend than the food truck? Below is just a sample of the cheesy goodness racing to a location  near you.

Milk Truck , New York

Based mainly in Brooklyn, this four-wheeler has won praise from everyone from Zagat to The New York Times Diner’s Journal. Try the “Three Cheese Grilled Cheese”--aged gruyere, aged New York State cheddar and Wisconsin blue, and caramelized Granny Smith apples on Blue Ribbon Bakery rosemary pullman--to see why.

The Big Cheese, Washington, D.C.

Cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and bread baked locally by Lyon are the secret ingredients that make these sandwiches pop. Creative selections include the “Thrilled Cheese,” made with chipotle cheddar, jalapenos, and guacamole on sourdough.

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Boston

As seen on TV (namely the Great Food Truck Race), Roxy’s is quite serious about its grilled cheese. Some may argue that they cheat a little since the Applewood bacon on the "Green Muenster Melt" upgrades any sandwich.

Ms. Cheezious, Miami

No doubt Ms. Cheezious’ willingness to please by giving its fans the option to “Build Your Own Grilled Cheese” has helped it win “best food truck in Miami” bragging rights. But offerings like “The Sweet Meltdown,” made with a ricotta-cheese-and-orange-marmalade blend on Texas toast and served with chocolate dipping sauce, is tempting enough on its own.

The Grilled Cheese Truck, Los Angeles

La La Land is known for its many star turns, and The Grilled Cheese Truck is no stranger to the phenomenon. People have waited two hours for just one of their gooey delights. But, who could blame them? Surely, the “Brie Melt,” made of double-cream brie, sliced pears, honey, and fresh thyme on cranberry walnut bread, is worth a starring role in anyone’s belly.

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