By Sara Benner
Let it be known, I love cheese. Soft, hard, moldy or fresh, I’m an equal opportunist cheese-a-saurus. So when I heard about Burro Cheese Kitchen, a gourmet grilled cheese trailer, naturally I was dying to try it out. But once I got one bite of their burnt and overpriced sandwiches, I was not impressed.
First, let’s talk about grilled cheese. It’s the simplest thing in the world to make. In fact, it was the first thing I learned how to cook. All you need is some bread, maybe a little butter, a hot pan, cheese and BAM! There you have it. It’s so easy—and with artisan ingredients, how can you mess it up? Maybe by burning it and then charging $6.50 or more a pop.
Instead of going for one of their specialty sandwiches, like the “Waylon and Willie” beer-soaked cheddar and gruyere sandwich on beer bread with onions, pepperoncini with a side of spicy maple bacon, I opted for a build-your-own. I ordered lavender cheddar on gluten-free white bread with balsamic apricot fig preserves and redneck cheddar on King’s Hawaiian bread with almond pesto aioli.
In some cases a little char adds to an entree, but in this case the over-eager grill marks only masked the beautifully subtle experience of their gourmet cheeses. I was also expecting a little bit more substance in terms of portion size, as well. I devoured my entire sandwich and ate a bite of a friend’s, but still left their cute establishment hungry.
However, the atmosphere of the trailer is adorable. It’s a customized bright yellow steel cargo container with a patio and space for four tables. In terms of style, Burro Cheese Kitchen is adding a touch of class to South Congress trailer park.
Although the concept behind this trailer is intriguing on paper, the execution of too-toasted sad sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper was disappointing and overpriced.
If I find myself on South Congress and I have a little extra change rolling around in my pocket, I’d be willing to try them again. But next time, I’m going with the specials.
In the meantime, satisfy your cheese cravings with a few of my favorite grilled cheese recipes:
Fontina and Blackberry Basil Smash Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Grilled Mozzarella and Goat Cheese with Spinach-and-Tomato Sauce
Open-Faced Caramelized Onion and Fontina Grilled Cheese
Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese on Sun-Dried Tomato Bread
White Pizza Grilled Cheese