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Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are the New Mini-Sliders

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Applebees has sliders on their menu. I think it’s safe to put a bullet in that trend and give it a proper burial. It had gotten to the point where you couldn’t pick up a cooking magazine without finding a recipe for “gourmet sliders”. Blame Daniel Boulud, blame Walter Anderson, blame whomever you want, I’m just glad the fad is over.

Now, before we’ve even had time to mourn the passing of this mediocre craze, a new one is rearing it’s ugly head. And that head is made of cheese. Grilled cheese. First the New York Times talked about grilled cheese culture in LA. Then the owners of The Bourgeois Pig got involved. Now it’ll only be a matter of time before Wylie Dufresne or David Chang starts adding “Upscale Grilled Cheese”—in the form of a deconstructed “Grilled Cheese Fondue” and a “Cubano Asiático: Grilled Cheese with Pork and Pickles” respectively—to their menus.

Count me out already. I don’t want to pay $20 for 10oz of melted fontina and manchego no matter how much its aged or what kind of life the organic fromagier lived while making it. Let’s just fast-forward to the Friday’s version and get the trend over with.

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Justin Dickinson

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6 Responses to “Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are the New Mini-Sliders”

  1. Dan Nocket Says:

    Personally, I’m waiting for the gourmet carnival food fad to start. You just wait. It’ll be $15 corn dogs and $20 funnel cakes as far as the eye can see.

  2. Justin Says:

    Dude, I think you’re onto something. They already serve zepolis (sp?) at restaurants, I’m sure the rest isn’t far behind.

  3. Chris Coyier Says:

    We used to sell nasty little hamburger sliders at the bar I used to work at, three for a buck. They were so soggy and nasty the word “sliders” still makes me twinge.

  4. Justin Says:

    It’s a perfect name, is it not? Reminds me of the cardinal rule of cooking: Shit in, Shit out. Only…literal. Too much?

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    too much!! you forgot to include the meatball sliders at The Little Owl. It’ll be interesting to see how these pop up & what people will pay for them!

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