Food Truck: Gorilla Cheese
Sighting: 47th and Park
I’ve seen the Gorilla Cheese NYC truck many times but never had a chance to go until today. Like most of you, I’ve been a fan of the grilled cheese sandwich since I was a kid and buttered up my first Wonder Bread with Kraft American Cheese. So for a long time I anticipated my first visit.
As you’ve seen from other posts there have been other trucks that far surpassed my expectations, but sadly today’s experience fell far short of what I’d been hoping for.
I went a little later in the afternoon at 2:30 as other trucks were closing shop. This truck was still open so I dropped by. The guy at the windows was counting up the money as I walked up. He stared and me and said, “what do you want?” before he caught himself, smiled, and asked me, “what would you like to order”.
I asked him what the most popular entree was and he said the #5: Sharp Cheddar with BBQ pulled pork & Caramelized Onions on Wheat Bread. Sounded good to me, so I ordered one, along with a combo that included tater tots and a can of soda (or a bottle of water) for $10.
The food came relatively quickly, within 2-3 minutes. But when I got back to my office, here’s what I unwrapped to find.
I guess the first thing that struck me was the portion size. You’ve seen what $10 can buy you at other trucks, but here was just this lonely little slab of two slides of bread with a thin layer of pork and cheese.
The second thing that struck me was how much the bread was burnt. Grilled cheese should be a beautiful golden brown and not charred. I would have hoped, especially since I was the only person on line, that they could have done a little quality control before wrapping up this carcinogen sandwich (I’d have taken it back, but by the time I walked back to the truck they would be long gone).
The taste was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Sadly, my expectations had been pretty high on this one–I’d been other other grilled cheese shops in the City and usually the sandwiches are pretty substantial. This one was just two slabs of thin bread with a thin layer of cheese and ingredients. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day, but this isn’t one I’m rushing back to anytime soon.
2 of 5
Price I paid: $10
Tricks for fast ordering: Choose your favorite cheese from the list (American, Cheddar, Gruyere, Smoked Mozzarella, Muenster, Swiss, Asiago), and your favorite additions. Be careful, though, is a “fully loaded” sandwich will cost you $18!
What to order if you’re a newbie: Go for “Today’s Melt” with Tots & Drink.