I’m a huge grilled cheese sandwich fan. I remember when I was younger, my mom used to make these things for me all the time and once I was old enough, I started making my own grilled cheese sandwiches, experimenting with different breads and cheeses. When I had heard from Vancouver Slop that Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck had opened by the Art Gallery, I knew I had to check it out. Luckily for me, I was in a training course during the week and Krista and I took advantage of an hour-long lunch break to hike over the Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck. It turned out to be only Day 4 of their opening but you really couldn’t tell that from the huge line.
Since they had just opened, they were still figuring out things so I waited quite a while before even placing my order and after that, I had to wait some more before my food finally came. That gave us an opportunity to chat a bit with Cindy, the owner and grilled cheese sandwich maker. I had ordered a Havarti grilled cheese on multigrain with tomatoes and bacon. She said that they procured their bacon from a really great deli on Commercial Drive.
Since we ended up waiting a little longer than we expected, Cindy packed up my order in a box container so I could take it back to the office. My grilled cheese sandwich ended up costing $7.50 because of my adds of bacon and tomato but each grilled cheese order also comes with chips and a pickle slice.
I could smell the butter as soon as I opened my container and despite the travel time between the truck back to my office, the sandwich was still very crispy and had a great buttery flavour on the outside. The Havarti was melted and gooey and I liked how its richness was slightly cut by the tomato slices. The bacon added a nice element to the sandwich and to be honest, you really can’t lose with bacon in a sandwich. Overall, I thought the grilled cheese sandwich was really tasty and turned out to be very filling. I wasn’t a huge fan of the chips, which were a little on the greasy side for me but the pickle was really tasty and also helped to cut some of the heaviness from my sandwich.
Krista actually brought her own lunch that day so she decided to order the Sweet Little Vals for dessert. What neither of us realized was that this also came in a sandwich form. In between the grilled brioche was caramelized apples, candied pecans, and cinnamon mascarpone. Krista noted that she enjoyed this quite a bit even though she would have liked for there to be more mascarpone. For $3.50, I thought this was pretty reasonable for dessert.
There are a bunch of other things at Mom’s Grilled Truck that I’d like to go back and try, including the meatloaf grilled cheese sandwich and the roasted tomato soup. Unfortunately, it’s a little hard to find Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck these days due to its proximity to the Occupy Vancouver tents but they are open so definitely check them out if you are in the area!
Corner of Howe Street and West Georgia, Vancouver (by the Art Gallery)