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Sunday, August 21, 2011

On the Hunt for: Grilled Cheese

August 20, 2011

There's a new feature in town, or at least at New England Bites. Laura and I would like to showcase a restaurant or shop that's known for having a signature item.  Something they're known for.  Something everyone goes there for. It can be as elegant as a fancy meal or as simple as a great hot dog or an amazing cupcake. When you hear the name of this place someone will invariably say, "Oh you have to try their _____."  We're hunting for the "_____."

This week we were on the hunt for a great grilled cheese sandwich. I was the one (because of my superior brainpower and empty tummy) who thought of going to Bleu Squid, a terrific little bakery and cheese shop. They are known to have fabulous gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches baked on their own fresh bread and filled with a combination of cheeses from their large selection. We've been to Bleu Squid before (click here and here) but only to try their amazing cupcakes and bakery items. The only downside to our visit - Bleu Squid is in Mystic, CT, which is over an hour and ten minutes away. Would people think we were crazy to drive that far for grilled cheese?  Yes. Did we do it? Well, here I am writing the review!

On a very hot Saturday we arrived at Blue Squid around 3:30 p.m. Since the shop is one of many little stores that make up Mystic Village (a huge tourist attraction), we were afraid the place would be mobbed. I guess it was TOO hot outside because Bleu Squid was nice and peaceful. We were able to go right in and place our order.  Both Laura and I decided to go with The Original Grown-up Grilled Cheese ($4.50), which is a mix of Havarti, Fontina, extra sharp Cheddar and Muenster cheeses. I got mine on multi-grain bread while Laura chose sourdough. Laura, always the fancy one, also got tomato and cherry wood smoked bacon on her sandwich. Here's what Laura's looked like:

Jealous yet? These sandwiches were indeed delicious. That particular blend of cheeses was so melty and flavorful and the just baked bread was incredible. There are many more add-ins for you to include like roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, roasted artichokes, sauteed spinach and so much more. Click onto their website above for all their great menu options. Was it worth the trip? Definitely. It's even worth a trip back. If you're craving a great "grown-up" grilled cheese sandwich, don't break out the Kraft singles and white bread.  Take a lovely trip to Mystic. You'll be glad you did!

Check out MenuJoy.com for great area restaurant menus.