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Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Grilled Cheese Grill

A few weeks back, R and I spent a couple of days in Portland, Oregon and loved it! It was gorgeous, clean and oh so very green! Of course, a large part of the visit was the food. :) One of the many places we ate at was The Grilled Cheese Grill. I loved this place… imagine eating in an old school bus! I loved the cheekiness of eating a grilled cheese in a school bus and playing trivia at the same time.

The menu is simple and everything is made with good quality ingredients, which I really appreciate. They have a section called the classics with sandwiches named the kindergartener, the pre-schooler and the first garder. How fun is that? You can also customize your sandwich with a variety of toppings to rock your boat.

The husband and I split three sandwiches (which was more than plenty, thank you very much!) and everything we had were true odes to the ooey gooey crispy goodness that is a grilled cheese!

I had The Popper which has roasted jalapeƱos, white cheddar and tortilla chips… yes you read it right… tortilla chips! My husband had one of the daily specials. Apart from this I managed to get in a single bite (seriously, it was just a bite!) of the classic grilled cheese and it was sheer heaven! We split a tomato soup that was homey and classic in flavor.

If you do have space, the Grilled Cheese Grill also offers sweet versions of their sandwiches like The Elvis! R and I had no space left to even contemplate getting one, so if you’ve ever tasted one of the sweets, do drop me a line about your experience!

Here are some pictures:

There’s the famous school bus/ dining area!

The entire ‘operations’ is located in a very futuristic looking food truck

The Popper Sandwich

Yum yum yum…

The Classic Style served with love and a pickle!


  1. Wow! Eating grilled sandwich in an old school bus is just so exciting :-) Looks like that you had a great time...

  2. This is so very cool. I love finding unique places like that so much more than eating in food chain restaurants. If I ever get back to Portland, I'm heading over there....of course it's on the other side of the country, but ah well.

  3. Wow, that sounds great, never heard of one, but would love to go and have the regular GC and the sweeter version as well :)

  4. This sounds so cute! Plus, the popper sounds delicious. Chips in a sandwich? Yes, please! :)

  5. Whoa! What a super cool place to eat a grilled cheese sandwich! How creative is that?! Eating a grilled cheese sandwich in that bus would most definitely bring back some fond memories of days very long gone! Lovely photos! We are planning something on a bus at! Hope it is as cool as this bus!

  6. I agree! portland is so clean!
    However I've never trid that place; most of my time was at shipping malls hahaha.

    The sandwich looks amazing with the melted cheese..yum. The mobile part makes it more appealing!

  7. looks super yummm
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  8. Sounds like a nice experience, eating in a bus!

  9. Talk about kicking it old school. Killer idea for the bus diner, and the grilled cheese tops it perfectly. That is now on my list of "must visit" places when I visit Portland.

  10. OMG! I want a popper right now!! How absolutely cheeky to be eating in a school bus ROFL I love the concept and the food though nothing fancy, looks wholesome and fresh!!

  11. portland have lots many varieties of restaurant.. a foodie place..This one sounds interesting the school bus resauarant.. nice grilled sandwich.. hope u guys had a grt time

  12. haven't been to portland in years and i love learning of new places to go.

  13. This post just makes me happy and I can't read it without a smile. Mmm grilled cheese... such a classic but it seems like they've adapted it to satisfy many tastebuds... I'd love to go to Portland (not just to try these, but hey! wouldn't hurt)

  14. Oh, how I love little places like this! Sometimes the best foods come from humble origins!

  15. I love quirky restaurants like that one. How fun to eat on a school bus! The possible variations on a grilled cheese are endless. I'd love to see what they did for the sweet ones.

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  17. I love grilled cheese sandwiches... I would be hard-pressed to place my order at this restaurant!

  18. The place looks very the grilled cheesy sandwich too.

  19. Sounds like you had great time there. A school bust is a unique place to eat something. And the sandwiches look so appetizing!

  20. hola........the grilled cheese sandwiches..hmmmm....those r wht i crave having paninis @ italian outlets...but sandwiches in a bus is very creative idea...would love to hv n njoy my GCS tht way...wht fun....portland seems to b very foodie place...i m sure u guys njoyed..thanks for planning my new destination...wil visit for sharing the creative n awesome pics..

  21. YUM! I am putting this on my list of places to go! Looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Check out my giveaway, too, when you have a moment!

  22. What a cool "restaurant" that is, how fun to have eaten inside of the old school bus. The food looks so delicious , it made my mouth water.

  23. @ Spicie Foodie – Hey there! I loved the whole experience and the food! If you’re ever in Portland, you should drop by!

    @ Lindsay – Hey Lindsay! What are the top places on your must visit list? I’ll definitely visit your blog to check out the giveaway!

    @ Sanyukta – Hey Sana! I loved Portland… it was so different from LA and so green! There are lots of places to visit for small day trips.

    @ Zerrin – Hi Zerrin! The sandwiches were great! After all… who can resist a grilled cheese right?!

    @ Angie – Hi Angie! Thanks for coming by! I love anything with cheese in it, so this place was a sure fire winner!

    @ WannaFoodie – Hi there! I definitely had the same issue of not being able to make up my mind! Everything on the menu sounded so awesome!

    @ Priya – Hey Priya! Thanks for getting back to me! I’ll try out the curry you just posted and will let you know how it turns out for me!

    @ Kristen – Hey Kristen! The sandwiches were great and I loved the quirkiness of the whole place. I wish I could have tried out the sweet sandwiches too but boy…those sandwiches were super filling!

  24. @ A Spicy Perspective – I agree with you! It’s a tiny space but so unique and full of character!

    @ Jessie – Hi Jessie! I loved Portland! Sure the weather is a bit crazy but it was so pretty and green…and yes, a grilled cheese never hurts!

    @ Elle Sees – Portland was amazing! It had so many unique places to go to… love that about a city.

    @ Prani – Hi Prani! We had a lot of choices in Portland.. truly a nice place for a foodie!

    @ Denise- Hey Denise! The place was very simple and so was the food but the unique combinations and good quality ingredients made a huge difference!

    @ Taylor – Hi Taylor! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Looks like we both love a grilled cheese!

    @ Lisa – Hey Lisa! I love to find small unique places like this one… they have so much character.

    @ Linda – Hey Linda! I’m glad I led you to a new place to visit in Portland… I love ‘discovering’ such places!

  25. @ Linda – Hey Linda! I’m glad I led you to a new place to visit in Portland… I love ‘discovering’ such places!

    @ Admin – Hola! I have to agree…I’d never eaten in a bus before too! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    @ Sahi – Hi Sahi! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I’ll definitely drop by your blog!

    @ Tanantha – Hola! I somehow barely did much shopping in Portland… my loss I guess! Portland seemed so much cleaner than LA to me!

    @ Patty – That sounds so exciting! Do keep us posted about your progress…. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Best of luck!

    @ Lawyer Loves Lunch – Hi! I was a little apprehensive about the chips in the sandwich but it totally worked! Who would have ever thought!

    @ Priya – Hey Priya! It was so great! I wish I’d tried the sweet versions too…well… there is always a next time!

    @ The Mom Chef – I agree with you completely! I love visiting independently owned places rather an impersonal chain with blah food and no personality!

    @ Rachana – Hey Rachana! We had a great time and I would recommend Portland to anyone for a nice trip. It was good fun!

  26. Ooooh, the popper sandwich sounds like a #1!

  27. I heard wonders about Portland, it's a place I definitely want to go visit. The sandwiches look fantastic very yummy.

  28. What a cool place to dine and the sandwiches look great!

  29. How fun is this...and the classics of all classics - The Grilled Cheese:)

  30. Thank you all for the lovely comments! I hope you try the place out if you're ever in Oregon!