April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and it’s time to celebrate accordingly! Grilled cheese sandwiches are a diet staple of several age groups: small children, poor college kids, and adults with exquisite taste buds. A grown-up grilled cheese isn’t composed of just American cheese and plain ‘ol bread, it’s packed with refined cheeses and some sort of fancy relish or jam, and is often served with soup for dipping purposes.
Several Metro Detroit restaurants have grilled cheese on their menus, but these sandwiches are anything but plain. Get your sophisticated taste buds ready to chow down at the following eateries:
Diamond Jim Brady’s, 43271 Crescent Blvd., Novi, serves Our Grilled Cheese, a sandwich served on multigrain bread packed with layers of smoked Gouda, Gruyere and cheddar cheese, as well as fresh slices of spiced apples. The sandwich can be found on both the lunch and dinner menu, and is served with French fries and/or coleslaw.
If you enjoy lobster and grilled cheese, I’d highly advise you to head over to Diamond Jim Brady’s Facebook page, and possibly head to the restaurant to beg in person, as they are taking opinions as to whether or not the Lobster Grilled Cheese should be put back on the menu this summer. As if that were even a question. The sandwich is served on the same multigrain bread and consists of lobster, asparagus, and three types of cheese.
Toast, 23144 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, is known for its breakfast dishes (yum-o), but what you may be unaware of is that they do, in fact, serve lunch as well. The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup includes a delightfully crafted sandwich of Gruyere and sharp cheddar cheese with onion jam on jalapeno cheddar challah. It’s served with a cup of tomato soup (for dunking or simply enjoying on its own), as well as your choice of potato salad or coleslaw and a pickle.
Woodbridge Pub, 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit, has a Grilled Cheese on its menu that is all about staying local. The smoked Gouda and Michigan fontina cheese sandwich includes freshly sliced apple and is served on Avalon Farmhouse Italian bread from Detroit’s nearby bakery. You can keep the sandwich vegetarian, or you can make it awesome by adding bacon to it for just $1. Bacon for just a buck? Why, it’s practically free.
The Majestic Café, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit, serves the perfectly mature grilled cheese sandwich: Lobster. Grilled. Cheese. The sandwich consists of Havarti cheese, spicy greens, tomatoes and Maine lobster on whole wheat bread. It’s served with your choice of soup, and grilled cheese will never again be the same.
Social Kitchen & Bar, 225 E. Maple Rd., Birmingham, is a bit more upscale and pricey, but that doesn’t mean the restaurant strays from staples like grilled cheese. The Naan Grilled Cheese is served on onion-poppy naan and is stuffed with cheddar cheese. This is one instance where the bread makes the sandwich—have you ever had naan bread? If not, you’re missing out. The sandwich is served with a side of tomato soup for dipping.
If that doesn’t float your boat, there are two other options that hopefully will. The Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese is packed with creamy spinach, artichokes, provolone cheese, cream cheese and a hint of lemon. Looking to spice up your lunch? The Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese includes a hand breaded chicken breast, buffalo sauce, homemade ranch dressing, bleu cheese, provolone cheese, celery and scallions. Both are served on grilled sourdough bread as well.
If you ask me, any variety of melt-y cheese between two slices of freshly baked bread make a great grilled cheese, but add a few slices of bacon, a dose of veggies or a handful of apples and you’ve got a real sandwich on your hands. National Grilled Cheese Month is a great excuse to enjoy the perfect maturation of a childhood staple! (Although I wouldn’t fault you for doing so year-round, either).