Morris Grilled Cheese is, to me, a dream of a food truck. The grilled cheese sandwich is a food that’s near and dear to my heart–it’s the first dish I ever learned how to make. Even though I normally don’t go out of my way for American cheese, I still love the classic American cheese on buttered white bread just for nostalgia’s sake. Then when I got a bit older, I developed a more sophisticated cheese love when I was introduced to gruyere, smoked gouda, roquefort, manchego, goat cheese… cheeses of all kine. When I saw the menu several weeks ago in this ML post, I could see that Morris Truck blends the classic sandwich, fancy-ass cheeses, and they sometimes throw in a pork product here and there–it’s almost like they made this menu just for me!
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I know we’ve got a lot of tried-and-true street meat lovers out there, but for any of you who happen to dabble in the locally-grown food movement, you might be interested to know that Morris Truck has received a Snail of Approval from Slow Food NYC. This means that Morris truck is the first food truck in NYC to be nominated and approved for the Snail of Approval. According to their website, Slow Food NYC awards the Snail of Approval “to those producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the City of New York”. (Pizza Motto, and a flatbed trailer with a brick pizza oven that caters rather than serves regular meals, and sometimes shows up at Brooklyn Flea, is the only comparable business I can find with the approval.)
According to Morris Truck, who has gotten some attention from my fellow bloggers in Midtown, all of their shopping is done at greenmarkets, and the cheese is 80% locally sourced and almost all domestic.
I don’t know why fancy grilled cheese is the new
pie cupcake, but three grilled cheese trucks officially makes a trend. I’ve had my eye out for Morris Grilled Cheese since word on the street was they’re doing some fantastic things, and on the cheaper side. Also, they have duck fat! When they got a good review from Brian, I doubled my efforts to meet them at their usual Thursday spot on Park and 52nd. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite the crowd in front of the truck during lunch (gotta support!), and after a quick look at the menu, I chose to go with their Raclette sandwich.
Last week, we got an email from reader Edward letting us know that the Morris Grilled Cheese Truck (which has been quietly roaming the streets for the last few months) made their first Midtown appearance on Thursday. They grew out of a stand at the New Amsterdam Market and are certainly not the only ones selling artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches from a fancy truck. I got to try two of their sandwiches this week and was impressed by their innovative menu. Ultimately, it’s still just cheese and fillings between bread, but so far I think these guys give you the most bang for your buck.