For all of the cheese lovers out there, Time Out L.A. hosted their Grilled Cheese Meltdown today at the beautiful Majestic Halls on Spring St. in DTLA. For only $30, attendees could sample (and by sample, I mean BIG samples) 6 different restaurant/food truck’s take on the ever popular grilled cheese. As an early Valentine’s day gift, I surprised Jesse with tickets because what’s better than lots of Grilled Cheese to end a great weekend?
Sharing the space with about 200 other people, we were in the earliest general admission time slot of 12:30 – 2:30, which despite a few 5 minute waits, was the perfect amount of people. They had broken the tickets out into times to help move through the flow of traffic over the course of the day, and I was impressed with the ease of getting through each of the vendors. Each ticket came with a sample of the competing restaurants’ sandwiches, tomato soup from Tender Greens, and two drink tickets (where lemonade and beer from Angel City Brewery were the options). At the end of the sampling, each guest had a ticket to drop in the container of the restaurant that served up their favorite grilled cheese. It was a tough choice to make!
The following restaurants were in the running with their descriptions per Time Out L.A.:
- Richeeze – The Bacon Maestro – Sweet Hawaiian bun grilled with crispy smoked bacon and smothered in provolone cheese
- The Grilled Cheese Truck – Cheesy Mac & Rib Melt – Sharp cheddar cheese with southern style macaroni & cheese, house smoked BBQ pork & caramelized onions
- Catcher in the Rye – Not Your Mom’s Grilled Cheese – Mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan pesto on Parmesan crusted bread
- The Carving Board – French Onion Grilled Cheese – French onion soup in a sandwich – Swiss, mozzarella, and french onions in a savory reduction on our buttery Pain de Mie Bread
- The Walrus and the Hedgehog – The Original Hedgehog – Aged welsh cheddar, Swiss, brie, tomato, onion, kale and house made jalapeno sauce on sourdough bread
- Fred 62 – Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever – There was no description listed, but the best way I can explain it is a buttery grilled cheese-meets-caprese sandwich
Not a single restaurant disappointed, each bringing it’s own unique spin to the classic American dish. While I voted for Fred 62, it was a close tie with the Catcher in the Rye. I have a love for anything pesto or caprese and both closely resembled that dish. Jesse was hooked on the Grilled Cheese Truck’s use of mac & cheese and smoked BBQ pork. The jalapeno sauce added a delicious tough to the sandwich from The Walrus and the Hedgehog. Richeeze’s home made sweet Hawaiian buns, which we were told were made fresh that morning, were to die for! And The Carving Board, completely unique from the rest, made me appreciate french onion soup in a way I never thought I would.
Seating was scattered all throughout the venue and upstairs, you could play bags, color in adult coloring books, and listen to some great music.
This was my first Time Out L.A. event (after having spent years attending Time Out events in Chicago) and I was definitely impressed! We left with our bellies full and can’t wait for future events!
More photos can be found on my Facebook Page. (Please excuse the poor lighting in the venue as I didn’t have my external flash with me) I was just so excited that I had to share this event!
(Jesse needed a long nap after this event…)