It’s been two years since my first Grilled Cheese Tour of Des Moines, and I think it’s time I enhance my listing of cheesy finds in the 515.
Caribou Coffee (Ingersoll Ave) That’s right, The ‘Bou now has some lunch items, including a not-too-shabby array of grilled cheese sandwiches. I personally prefer the Three Cheese Classic.
Americana (Locust St) Easily my restaurant of choice now in Des Moines, Americana has a killer panini with cheddar, gruyere, and muenster that’s available for lunch and dinner. But if you happen to hit them up on a Saturday or Sunday for brunch, be prepared for the ultimate grilled cheese affair: their Bombshell Brunch includes a grilled cheese bar where YOU pick what accents your traditional grilled cheese. Things like bacon, veggies, more cheese, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
South Union Bread Co (Ingersoll Ave) Hot Cheese Melt pepperjack, Swiss, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and banana peppers on a mayo’d focaccia is one tasty treat (from one of the hottest sandwich spots downtown!).
The Cheese Shop of Des Moines (42nd St) Des Moines has gotten a lot cooler, since last we dined, with the addition of The Cheese Shop. Not only can you order a grilled cheese from the pros, you can come in and the friendly folks will help you pick the perfect cheese for your own masterpiece. The gift that keeps on giving, even when it’s not Grilled Cheese Month.
Louie’s Wine Dive (University) The menu changes on occasion, but they team up with The Cheese Shop for some killer GC noms. Like now: Fontina and cheddar on some of La Mie’s life-changing bread. And those non-purists are allowed to add veggies, bacon or capicola.