Creamy, gooey, mouth-watering and delicious, all apt descriptions of the world’s most beloved childhood sandwich: the grilled cheese. It’s hard to beat a warm, sticky mess of cheese wedged between two buttered and grilled slices of bread, and even harder to leave that epicurean delight back in the days of childhood. So to celebrate this beloved sandwich, as if you needed a reason to indulge in grilled cheese, April has been dubbed National Grilled Cheese Month. Getting in on the festivities are a handful of Neapolitan eateries serving up the goods with a smile, and if you’re nice, a glass of milk.
The Counter (9110 Strada Place) is offering different variations of the perfect comfort food each week. To kick off this tasty celebration, April 1-7 will be the week of the Greek. This sandwich is filled with feta, sharp provolone, cucumber, olives and spinach, and served on Texas toast with a sundried tomato vinaigrette on the side. Week two, April 8-14, the featured sandwich, the Kicker, will turn up the heat with Tillamook cheddar, jalapeno jack cheese, fresh jalapeno and tomatoes served between two slices of Texas toast with chipotle aioli. The Caprese takes center stage week three, April 15-21, built with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, julienned basil and a balsamic glaze served on Texas toast. Francophiles will rejoice week four, April 22-28, with the French Onion, a bite filled with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, served on parmesan sourdough bread. The Counter rounds things out with a two-day cheese binge on April 29 and 30 with the Trifecta, two slices of Texas toast stuffed with Tillamook cheddar, American and provolone cheeses.
Not to be outdone, Bonita Springs’ favorite New England transplant, Lansdowne Street (24851 S. Tamiami Trl.), is serving up its classic grilled cheese for the more adventurous foodie. The Ipswich Street might break your taste buds in the best way possible—with just one bite you'll never want to go back to anything else. Loaded with cracked peppermill turkey, sliced Granny Smith apple, brie and raspberry mustard, the Ipswich Street is what we imagine spring would taste like, in sandwich form.
Last but not least, Three60 Market (2891 Bayview Drive) dishes out the ultimate in “Grown-Up Grilled Cheese.” Filled with American and Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, mayo and tomatoes on Texas toast or multi-grain bread, this sandwich, a staple on the regular menu for good reason, is sure to have crowds reminiscing about their childhood at the quaint waterside bistro.