Last month I had shared my Smorgasburg at Whole Foods experience with you, when I was invited to sample the complex and mouthwatering sandwiches of vendor Cemita’s. For those of you who are new to the Nosh blog (or those who, like me, have impressively inadequate short-term memory), Smorgasburg at Whole Foods Market Bowery was launched early this year and each month offers one vendor from Smorgasburg space to introduce their offerings in a cafe setting! Since many Smorgasburg vendors don’t have storefronts, this is a fantastic opportunity to introduce their products to a wider audience. Much to my delight, I was invited back again for Smorgasburg at Whole Foods‘s second featured vendor – Milk Truck Grilled Cheese!
I must admit that Milk Truck Grilled Cheese and I have met before…
Those who have been following this blog for a while now know that I am a huge fan of carbs and cheese is my answer to the old question “If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” Naturally, I’m a huge grilled cheese fan. So when I saw Milk Truck Grilled Cheese‘s stand at Smorgasburg during my visit this past summer, I knew I had do try it out. My eating buddy and I tried the Classic with a Twist, and it was fantastic! And as you’ll see very shortly, it made its way back for Round 2 of this girl’s eatstravaganza during my Whole Foods visit.
In addition to seven different varieties of grilled cheese sandwich goodness, Milk Truck Grilled Cheese also offers soups, salads and sides. One of them especially caught my attention – can you guess which one?
My eating buddy and I perused the menu, placed our order and sat down – but not without ordering some refreshing beverages to wash our cheesemeal down. I ordered the homemade honey cardamom iced tea, and my buddy the fresh lemonade:
I love the warm, spicy aroma of cardamom, and this manifestation of ice tea incorporated it perfectly – the cardamom definitely made its presence known, but was not overpowering.
All of Milk Truck Grilled Cheese‘s sandwiches come split on the diagonal (which in my opinion, is THE way to cut a rectangular sandwich. Agree?), which made for easy sharing with my buddy. Our first sandwich was the Bacon Cheddar Blue:
Yes, all those good things and MORE! The Bacon Cheddar Blue features thick-sliced double-smoked bacon, New York cheddar, Wisconsin blue, caramelized onions and spicy pickles on rosemary pullman bread. The flavor was complex, the texture multifaceted, and the rosemary bread a delicate finish. I think that the caramelized onions completed this sandwich, but to be honest if any of the ingredients were missing it really wouldn’t be the same. I ordered this when I was at Smorgasburg this summer, and it was just as amazing the second time around.
For our second sandwich, we had to go with the Classic with a Twist (first picture), made of Aged Wisconsin Gruyere, champagne vinegar, pickled onions and whole grain Dijon mustard on Blue Ribbon Bakery dark rye. This one was actually my favorite of the two – despite the fact that the Bacon Cheddar Blue had bacon, mmmmm. I think what did me in for this one was the whole grain of the Dijon mustard – spicy and tangy with great texture! Yum! My eating buddy preferred the Bacon Cheddar Blue (but both of us loved both sandwiches) which goes to show that Milk Truck Grilled Cheese really has winners all across the menu.
Speaking of winning menu items – did you guess which side caught my eye? It was this one, of course:
TATER TOTS! But not just any tater tots, these hot and crispy tater tots are dusted with Parmesan and an herb that Milk Truck owner Keith Klein told me about (and I’ve since forgotten ARGH! Can anyone tell me what that is? EDIT: Keith’s response in the comments – it is THYME!) – these were seriously addictive. I think I actually cannot eat conventional tater tots anymore – these have spoiled me. When you stop by Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, either at Whole Foods Bowery, their truck, or at Smorgasburg, you have to try these out.
After this cheesetival, I chatted for a few minutes with Milk Truck Grilled Cheese owner Keith, who was holding down the fort behind the counter. Keith and his team really take the mantra of “do one thing really well” to the extreme – each of their sandwich offerings is perfected over countless iterations and combinations – and that comes down to the type of bread, the thickness of each bread slice, etc. All of their bread is sourced locally – Keith mentioned Blue Ribbon, Balthazar and Amy’s Bread, and the team takes pride in finding the best ingredients for each of their menu items. This sure comes through in the finished product!
A sandwich at Milk Truck Grilled Cheese will set you back anywhere from $5.75-$8.50 or so, which makes it a reasonable lunch option for the area. You can get your grilled cheese on at Whole Foods Bowery through December. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Note: Meal provided by Whole Foods Market; opinions are my own.
Are you a grilled cheese fan? What’s your favorite type of cheese to include in a grilled cheese sandwich?