Grilled cheese: Simply the best

There are 62 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 18, 2009, titled Grilled cheese: Simply the best. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

I have ventured to the mountaintop. It smelled of grilled cheese. This pinnacle, as glorious as the gods of processed foods could conceive, goes by a less-than-glorious name: the Kraft Research & Development ...

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SweatHeart

Chicago, IL

#1 Feb 19, 2009
If there was a restaurant that was all grilled cheese all the time, I would be in heaven. Especially with dozens of different configurations to mix it up a little. Ungh.
Sandy

Chicago, IL

#2 Feb 19, 2009
Not being American, I am always searching for the open-faced grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches that I grew up with. Does anybody make them like that here?

Since: Jul 08

United States

#3 Feb 19, 2009
My Mom's secret to grilled cheese: thin layer of butter covering the bread, and BROIL THEM IN THE STOVE. Watch closely! When one side is complete, flip and repeat. Watch closely!

They come out perfect every time, non-greasy, and you can do multiple sandwiches at once.

But watch closely! It only takes seconds to go from nicely browned to black.
Dmaul

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Your report on grilled cheese was fascinating.
I can't wait for your book report on the lastest Spider-Man comic.
Oops, recess time!

Dm
Diana

Gilman, IL

#6 Feb 19, 2009
We grew up (down state) calling grilled cheese a "cheese toastie!"
Meg

Chicago, IL

#7 Feb 19, 2009
You missed the grilled cheese -- served with Campbell's tomato soup (bonus!)-- at Silver Cloud.
mem

Aurora, IL

#8 Feb 19, 2009
After reading this article, I went to my kitchen and made a grilled cheese! thanks for the inspiration.
Tomato Head

Chicago, IL

#12 Feb 19, 2009
Meg wrote:
You missed the grilled cheese -- served with Campbell's tomato soup (bonus!)-- at Silver Cloud.
Nothing like paying somebody to open a can of soup for you.
drew

Watseka, IL

#15 Feb 19, 2009
Some of us are cooking for the first time in our lives in this economy, so I think the Trib is running these articles, this and the pancake one come to mind. Why not get a laugh out of it?

[I use two eggs in my pancake recipe, not one.]

All the politicians are lying, some as blatantly as Blago and Burris, but to quote Training Day, 99% of what you read in the paper is BS.

Some of you need something stuffed in your mouths - why not make it grilled cheese?
Pic-Pak

Schaumburg, IL

#16 Feb 19, 2009
Kraft...illlllll. I haven't had a decent grilled cheese sandwich since they took "Old English Cheese" off the market. Man! That was the best!
War on Bikes

Lake In The Hills, IL

#18 Feb 19, 2009
What ever happened to Loraine Swiss? I can't find it anywhere.
Pappy

AOL

#19 Feb 19, 2009
The cafeteria at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has great grilled cheese sandwiches at a great price. Add soup and you have a great combo. But my personal favorite is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Same thing just add a little ham...yummy! Kosher pickle and chips...COMPLETE!
Kevin

Romeoville, IL

#20 Feb 19, 2009
The trick to making an adult grilled cheese sandwich is using garlic butter to butter the bread and adding fresh herbs to the cheese.
Rachel

Saint Charles, IL

#21 Feb 19, 2009
I went to the grocery store two days ago with one purpose: find bread, butter, sliced colby jack cheese, and campbell's tomato soup. I am happy to report that for dinner I grilled cheeses with tomato (and even went in for seconds). And just in case you were wondering, yes, it was delicious.
Fire fan

Chicago, IL

#22 Feb 19, 2009
Sandy - I think Oak Tree cafe at 900 N Michigan does the open-faced sandwiches you're looking for.
My fav to make at home is with sourdough bread, pepper-jack cheese, and tomatoes. YUM!
Brien Comerford

Tinley Park, IL

#23 Feb 19, 2009
Vegetarians must be aware of rennett that is part of the cheese. Many brands derive from the stomach lining of slaughtered baby calves. A soy cheese sandwich can be very satiating.
bap519

Chicago, IL

#24 Feb 19, 2009
Sorry, anything toasted cannot be considered a grilled cheese. Nothing worse than ordering a grilled cheese in a restaurant and getting a non-buttery, barely melted toasted cheese sandwich. I'm talking to you, The Counter on Diversey.
Joe

Crystal Lake, IL

#25 Feb 19, 2009
Oy! An $11 grilled cheese? Home made bread and Butterkase (?) Cheese? Ugh. Do I come into your kitchen and make Bouillabaisse with canned tuna? Grilled Cheese is cheap white bread and cheap yellow cheese. Don't dress it up.(By which I mean RUIN IT.)

This article is worse than the one where the writer whined that he didn't like the forks at some diner.
K Locke

Oak Brook, IL

#26 Feb 19, 2009
I'm a traditional fan, but did find a favorite in Chicago. At the Bar on Buena in Buena Park (also have a great selection of beers!) They serve pepperjack cheese with fresh guacamole and sliced tomato on Texas Toast. Delicious! And easy to make at home.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#27 Feb 19, 2009
Joe wrote:
Oy! An $11 grilled cheese? Home made bread and Butterkase (?) Cheese? Ugh. Do I come into your kitchen and make Bouillabaisse with canned tuna? Grilled Cheese is cheap white bread and cheap yellow cheese. Don't dress it up.(By which I mean RUIN IT.)
I hate the gourmet versions of regular guy food. That's the same as a $30 beer...

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