What could be a more satisfying reward for surviving a 4 mile snowshoe at Trillium Lake (especially the seemingly neverending uphill curve back to the parking lot on the return loop) then a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches? To Grilled Cheese Grill we go!
Last time I went to the Alberta location, this time I went to Southeast location in order to check out their double decker bus, and show my guests the “outdoor dining food cart” that is more like roadside casual dining. Bad timing on our part, we got there as the Cartathlon people were still wrapping up, so the bus was actually packed on both floors! We got our food to go, giving us a chance to go back home to change out of our clothes anyway. The actual “cart” part is exactly the same as the other location: only the type of bus that serves as an indoor seating/eating area as an alternate to their outdoor picnic benches is different. Inside the double decker there was no art to stare at on the ceiling, but the same old yearbook photos were all over the side bar seating area and booths.
I ordered the Cheesus and Quesus. As my sister put it, “burger with two grilled cheese sandwiches as the bun. Basically 3 meals in one!!” The Cheesus is their sandwich with Pickles and American Cheese in one grilled cheese “bun”, Grilled Onions and Colby Jack in the other grilled cheese “bun”. and then Lettuce, Tomato, Ketchup, Mustard and 1/3lb Burger in between. The Quesus is the spicy cousin of the Cheesus, with with Tillamook Pepperjack and Jalapenos in one grilled cheese half, Cheddar and Onions in the other grilled cheese half (the top half in this case at least how I unwrapped it at home for photos). Same Lettuce, Tomato, Ketchup, Mustard, and 1/3lb burger in between.
I cut the sandwiches in half hoping we could each eat half and then continue on to beer and dinner, but we scarfed down everything in minutes. It was greasy but too good.
If this looks a bit familiar, this is similar to Brunchbox‘s offering of “You Can Haz Cheeseburger” which I have had twice. The meat was cooked better at Brunchbox- it was done medium, you can even still see the pink meat inside, so the burger was juicier, and they put a slice of cheese with the burger to help hold the grilled cheeses to the burger. Meanwhile, Grilled Cheese Grill puts most of the toppings- grilled onions, jalapeno- inside the grilled cheese, and offers more interesting combinations of grilled cheese “buns”. If I wanted to clog my arteries again in one meal and was going to get a grilled cheese burger, I think I would go with Brunchbox, because the burger portion rates higher than the grilled cheese bun portion. But, a lot of it depends on location as well- Grilled Cheese Grill is definitely more convenient if you are on the East side of the river, and offers a seating area, unlike Brunchbox, and if anyone was in the mood for a grilled cheese and soup or a vegetarian was in tow, GCG might be a better option. Check them both out and judge for yourself.