What can I say to a grilled cheese festival in LA? Only one thing, YES! So when I heard about the Grilled Cheese Invitational happening downtown, I rounded up some cheese loving friends and headed over. This was a cooking competition as well as a food truck fest, there were people cooking up grilled cheese surprises for judges as my friends were about to eat our way to cheesy heaven. By the time I found out and got my tickets, there was not an opportunity to become a judge, so we relegated ourselves to the peoples choice award (more on that later).
Ahhh… its always beautiful to see so many food trucks in one place. But all of the trucks sitting side by side does make for some tough decisions. From traditional grilled cheese, to ruebens, to dessert grilled cheese, it was all here. Yes, I said dessert grilled cheese, and that was my first stop. I made a B line to the McCallum’s Melt truck for their Tiramisu Grilled cheese. Who knew? It was about time someone came up with a hand held tiramisu! It was delicious, but kinda spoiled
me for the rest of the cheesy goodness that awaited me. From this point we bounced from truck to truck sharing our sandwiches. Im getting hungry again, its difficult to write these things sometimes… If you could imagine it, it was probably there. My plate saw the likes of bacon grilled cheese, philly grilled cheese, and even mac n cheese grilled cheese with a masala dipping sauce. But my definite favorite was the stuffed grilled cheese from The Reuben Truck. it was “stuffed” with cheddar, pastrami on sourdough. The Rueben Truck is now on my favorite truck list. Can McCallum’s and Reuben park next to each other sometime? That would be awesome.
The longest line was for the CoolHouse Truck selling ice cream sandwiches. If you have never seen this truck, it’s really kinda cool, pardon the pun. They have their menu set up on cards that they stick on the side where you get to pick your sandwich cookie and type of ice cream. I think we spent 20 minutes in the line checking out what kind of sandwiches we wanted from whiskey and lucky charms, to sorbet. By the time we got up there, someone came up and started to take away cards and rearrange flavors. There was an audible no and cheers when he did that. Kinda funny. But I got the lemon sorbet on a gingerbread cookie. Very refreshing on a hot day, too bad half of it melted before I got to sit down at a table.
At the very end, I was getting full from all the bread, cheese, and water I was chugging to stay cool, but I knew I wanted to try the Masala from Elbow’s My friends had thrown in the towel, but I had to make the sacrifice. So I bought the sandwich knowing that I wouldn’t finish it, but at least wanted a taste. I ended up selling back half the sandwich to the girl behind me who was getting the same thing for her friends, she got a great deal on it too! Watch out Elbow’s, I’m coming back for the rest of that sandwich!
One thing that was disappointing was that every sandwich was a full sandwich, not that I mind eating. I didn’t understand this concept when they are trying to do a peoples choice award. Now for $12, I guess it makes sense, the trucks just gets invited to sell their sandwiches, but if you are going to do something like a peoples choice, for god sakes, I want to try as many sandwiches as I could. I was full after 5 sandwiches (and $30 lighter). Why not up the price give out tasting tickets and have each truck give samples of a certain sandwich, and then they can sell others? Or sell half sandwiches, something. I was a little disappointed I didn’t have the room for the Grilled Cheese Truck. I think I was sweating cheese.
Only 364 more days until the next Grilled Cheese Invitational. The countdown begins..