Congratulations, Gorilla Cheese NYC. Â You win the most disappointing meal I’ve had in 2011.
Gorilla Cheese is a new grilled cheese truck that launched a few weeks back. Â When it parked outside my office the other day, I quickly saved the lunch I brought in for the next day, and headed to the truck with my co-workers.
After waiting behind about 25 people in line, my co-worker Jason and I decided to do splitsies. Â We split an American cheese with ham on French bread ($6.50) and gouda with pulled pork and onions on whole wheat ($8.50). Â We read online that free dipping sauces were included, but there was no mention of the free sauces at the truck. Â The truck people were friendly though and said we could get a free sauce.
When the server called my name to pick up my sandwich, I was a tad surprised. I’m not sure what I was picturing my sandwich to be like – if it was supposed to be more of a panini or what because it was on French bread – but it was a regular old square grilled cheese. Â The dipping sauce I requested wasn’t in the bag, but I asked the truck folks for sweet Thai chili sauce, and they handed that over. Â Other sauces included a balsamic glaze and a ginger sauce.
We got back to the office, unwrapped the sandwiches…and were underwhelmed. The American cheese with ham looked like a soggy Wonder Bread sandwich with a thin slice of ham and some Kraft singles. The specialty pulled pork was kind of a mess – not a ton of flavor. Â Occasionally you’d get a bite of onion that reminded you that you were eating a pulled pork and grilled cheese sandwich. Â The savior of the grilled cheese was the sweet Thai chili sauce, and I dunked my sandwich in that to kick it up a notch.
Gourmet grilled cheese has become quite the rage, and you may remember my trip to Queens Kickshaw a few weeks back. Â Those grilled cheeses left me in a food coma. Â With Gorilla Cheese, I could have easily polished off two sandwiches, no problem.
I like going out to eat because 9 times out of 10, a restaurant makes a better dish than I could have made myself. Â I’ve made much better grilled cheeses in my 26 years than Gorilla Cheese (um, Trader Joe’s Colby cheese and Country Hearth bread…heaven). Â Therefore, I won’t be returning.The Basics Name: Gorilla Cheese NYC Location: Mobile Truck Who to Bring: Self, Co-workers Price: $ Sandwiches under $10 Overall: 1 star. Very disappointing. Not worth the 25 minute wait.