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The Grilled Cheese Truck

A food truck in Los Angeles, California.

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The Grilled Cheese Truck

  • Dec 22, 2010
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Food trucks are the latest craze here in Los Angeles and it’s been my goal to try out and report back on as many food trucks as I can.


Grilled Cheese Truck

First up is the Grilled Cheese Truck, which showed up for the Sweet Streets 2 opening reception outside of gallery nucleus in Alhambra, a city roughly 10 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. Being relatively close to me, plus I was already set to go to the event, I finally had the opportunity to really make a foodie adventure out of the evening.

Firstly, the line was insane; but that is to be expected with popular food truck fare on a weekend evening and admittedly, it was my own stubborn foodie mentality that kept my friend and I in that line. I will not hold the line against the Grilled Cheese Truck except to say that it should meet the high expectation that a line only rivaled by a Disneyland ride can muster. Sadly, this ain’t Space Mountain.

When it was finally our turn, I stepped up and ordered exactly as so:
“One mac and cheese melt, one brie melt and one dessert melt. And a soda, please.”

Though the area was crowded it was not so loud that the employee could not hear me. I used my credit card and the receipt that required my signature did not itemize my order.

When our order was finally up about ten or so minutes later, I took our food over to our coveted planter makeshift seats and handed my friend her order. I ordered the brie melt for my friend, a devout vegetarian. The brie melt which is automatically without meat. The brie melt that you have to ask for turkey and be charged for it. The brie melt that they put meat on and charged me for it.

While I am sure they are good people and would have refunded me and made the correction, we were too tired from having waited in a 90 minute line to disrupt and bother the patient people who were still waiting. We would have held up that line by at least another 10 minutes, and it would have been unfair to punish them for another person’s mistake. Instead, I took the meat out of the portion that had the least of it and gave it to my friend, plus half of my mac and cheese melt.

I tasted the other half of the brie melt with the meat on – and promptly took the meat off. The turkey was positively revolting; I don’t know what brand they use or how long it had been out. It was, to say the very least, not good. Sans meat, the brie melt was OK but I could hardly taste the pear and honey it boasts.

The brie melt with the turkey $6.75 | $7.75 with meat

The mac and cheese melt was an improvement, and even my friend who isn’t particularly fond of macaroni and cheese, complimented it and said it was her favorite out of the three. Mine, too.

mac and cheese melt | $5.50

The dessert melt, (Nutella, bananas and marshmallow fluff) while a promising idea, was mediocre in execution, being thin and dry. We couldn’t even finish it.

dessert melt | $6.00

Overall, it was a disappointing, overpriced experience and one that I do not care to repeat. Given that I can make all of these easily (and confidentially more sufficiently) at home, I will be saving my money and moving on to another food truck cuisine.

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March 19, 2011
I own a small breakfast/lunch cafe in Maryland. I hope that someone visiting my establishment would not base their entire opinion of my business on that single limited experience, then spout off on the internet about it without have spoken to me first about their issues with the food and or service they received. There is not a single restaurant in the world that doesn't have a bad day every so often. There is never an excuse for poor service and bad food, however there are reasons. On those infrequent occasions when I have had customers speak to me concerning the quality of the food or service received while visiting my place, whether legit or imagined, I always do my absolute best to ensure that they walk away from our conversation happy and willing to return. It's a shame that you could not do that for these folks before bad mouthing them on the internet.
March 19, 2011
What can I say to you, sir? I'm sorry you feel this way, but I cannot apologize for sharing my experience. I do not feel that speaking with The Grilled Cheese Truck staff would have changed or altered my feelings about their food. You're right, though: this review details my one, solitary experience; and I am but a severe minority in their vast, enthusiastic fan base. Again, I am sorry that I have upset you.
February 03, 2011
HUGE cheese lover! Can't wait to try it!! Thank you for the review and also for the "heads up" on the turkey.
February 03, 2011
Don't waste your money. I'll make you grilled cheese for less.
February 03, 2011
So a melt is basically a toastie then? Shame it sounds so yuck cos it looks so good
February 03, 2011
Yup, a toastie! Even the mac and cheese one, which was the "best of the worst" so to speak was kind of underwhelming. Like, "Did I just pay money to have two pieces of greased toast smooshing perfectly good mac and cheese?"
February 03, 2011
Great review. I would be annoyed if there was meat in my sandwich, especially if I didn't order it. My friends told me about the grilled cheese truck and they said they'd only try it if the line wasn't so long. I could make several sandwiches within the two hour wait at home that would be cheaper than one.
January 07, 2011
The photos look tasty, so your description in your review is too bad to hear!  Every time I hear about people having bad grilled cheese sandwiches, I can't help but wonder, "How can anyone mess up a grilled cheese sandwich???" because they're so easy to make at home!  Oh well.  Thanks for sharing!  By the way, something tells me that you'd appreciate this twitter list of LA Food Trucks ;)
February 03, 2011
You know, I usually have a rule about never paying for what I can make easily at home and I took this experience as a severe, if not slightly expensive, learning lesson to follow my own rules!
December 23, 2010
Great review! I never really thought the grilled cheese truck sounded that appealing and there was always a massive line. And now that I've seen the prices from your review I'm pretty sure I won't be trying this one. They came to a food truck event in Glendale last year and my friends spent over 2 hours in line waiting before they said, "hey, there's no more food left, sorry". 2 hours wasted!
December 23, 2010
I think a lot of people feel obligated to like the Grilled Cheese Truck because it's (a) popular and (b) shilling basic comfort food that is so en vogue right now. But it's like...don't buy it if you can make it at home, cheaper and better (and a lot less waiting time!) I have learned my lesson! Thanks for reading & commenting =)
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   I am a freelance travel/food writer with my own hobby blog, Glass of Win.   I am a regularly featured writer for Visit the Place Los Angeles magazine and online community.
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