On occasion, we're given the opportunity to discover our limits in life. It's just up to us to decide whether we want to respect those limits or not. Yesterday, in the tiny park on the corner of 17th and Summit, I discovered I have an upper limit of one and a half grilled cheese sandwiches.
And thanks to The Westside Local and Soho Cafe and Bakery, I managed to inhale my cheese intake for the week. Today's battle of the dishes pits the restaurant's grilled cheeses head-to-head, one cheese-stretching bite at a time.
The Westside Local's Grilled Cheese w/ fries ($9): Two big slabs of toasted Farm-to-Market sourdough bread can barely contain a pile of melted brie, emmenthaler and white cheddar. It's like sandwich fondue, as much cheese bread as a grilled cheese sandwich.
The star is the tiny cup of tomato basil soup available for dipping. It means the sandwich hasn't gone too far from its roots and the chunky soup is almost a marinara. Additional points have to be given for a pickle slice and the fries that are crunchy cousins to the sticks featured at Blanc's Burger Box at Arrowhead.
Soho Cafe's 4 Cheese Panini ($7): The straight lines of the panini press left deep grooves in the delicious marble rye. Mozzarella, cheddar, swiss and provolone explode from the center of the bread. A slightly spicy dijon aoli breaks up what could have been a one note sandwich. This is a fine representative of a traditional grilled cheese with the right bread-to-cheese ratio.
The Verdict: Both passed the pull test, wherein so much cheese had been packed between the slices of bread that the sandwich halves didn't want to initially separate. The Soho Cafe's 4 Cheese Panini is good, it just ran into a better sandwich today. The Pitch readers know what they're talking about -- the grilled cheese from The Westside Local was the reader's choice in 2009. And it's still getting it done in 2010.