Sometimes it’s the simple things that can bring us the most pleasure. Take the combination of bread and cheese, for example. Of course people have been enjoying a version of this combo for centuries- but add the twist of creating a buttery, crispy and gooey delight from these basic ingredients… Hello Lovah!
I’m talking of course about the Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Melted cheesy goodness between two slices of crispy golden-brown griddled bread.
There are many ways to make a Grilled Cheese: broil it, griddle it, fry it, Panini press it. You can make it open faced or closed. The Lake Effect Diner uses a hot griddle and serves it as a closed sandwich, which is the tried and true method. Cooking one side of the sandwich first and then flipping to cook the other side so the cheese melts perfectly in between. On the Sandwich Specialty Menu is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Chose your cheese: American, Provolone, Swiss, or Cheddar to be griddled on your choice of house baked bread: White, Multigrain, or Rye with grilled Tomatoes. For a little extra, add ham, bacon, turkey, or Peameal bacon.
On it’s own, the Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a treat, but this being the good ol’ US of A, we have a built in drive to make things bigger and better. Popular sites like Pinterest and foodie blogs are blowing up lately with jacked up versions of the basic Grilled Cheese.
At the Diner there is also an option to make give any sandwich on the menu the “Melt” treatment. For a small extra charge, you can kick it up a notch with sautéed onion, melted cheddar cheese, and Thousand Island dressing all griddled on house made rye bread. The most popular request is the “Patty Melt.” (Lake Effect’s own Beef Patty in a warm melty sandwich…)
And don’t even get me started on the Diner’s Tuna Melt: Creamy tuna salad, tomato slices, and Swiss cheese griddled with between your choice of bread. By far my Diner sandwich first love.
This week my favorite melted sandwich does have some competition on the Specials Menu at the Diner. In celebration of the deliciousness and popularity of the American Grilled Cheese the Lake Effect has come up with a Triple Decker Bacon Melt Special with a Cup of Tomato Basil Soup. Three melted layers of cheesy goodness: American, provolone, Swiss, and cheddar cheese, house cured bacon, and sliced fresh tomatoes between three slices of house made white bread crisped and griddled with garlic butter. If that’s not heavenly enough for you, the Diner has added a cup of homemade Tomato Basil Soup on the side to complete the experience.
I have no idea why who came up with the idea to marry the Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup. Was it a top-secret marketing scam by Campbell’s Soup and Kraft Cheese back in the day? Maybe- but it’s genius and they deserve a major award in my book.
It’s October, crisp autumn days and winter winds are on the horizon, so let’s get melted America.