100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 58, Grilled Cheese at The Golden Grill

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It's a simple but pretty perfect menu of grilled cheeses.
I first fell in love with The Hamlin, a simple sandwich of prosciutto, American cheese and jalapeño jam. I'm not normally a huge fan of American cheese, because I'm a bit of a cheese snob, but there's no denying that it makes the best grilled cheese. The prosciutto elevates it from a typical grilled cheese with ham to a gourmet grilled cheese, and the spicy-sweet jalapeño jam provides just enough kick to counter the smooth prosciutto and creamy processed cheese product.

After that, the Kimcheese became my new obsession. I've previously stated that you could slap kimchi on just about anything and I'd eat it, because that's how much I love kimchi. But the beauty of the Kimcheese is that it would be a great grilled cheese sandwich even without the kimchi. I've always been partial to sharp cheddar in sandwiches, and when you put a fried egg on top, well, that's even better (no, I'm not over that trend). But add some spicy, vinegary, funky fermented cabbage to that cheddar and egg, and the combo becomes the ideal balance of familiar and exotic.

I recently tried the Carnitas, with shredded roasted pork, apple jam, monterey jack cheese and pickles, and it was reminiscent of a pulled pork barbecue sandwich like the kind I used to eat in Kansas City when I lived in Missouri. It could have used a bit more acid or heat from some barbecue sauce, but damn is that a filling sandwich.

My favorite, though, remains the Green Eggs & Jam, a sweet and savory combo with four of my favorite things: green tomatoes, gouda, bacon and a fried egg. The green tomatoes are sliced super thin so as to not make the sandwich overly juicy, and the bacon is slathered on in the form of a mildly sweet, meaty bacon jam. It's a fairly sloppy sandwich, especially considering that the thick toast surrounding the cheese is buttered before being pan-fried (for extra-decadent crispiness).

Fortunately, the melted cheese holds the whole thing together, so while you may need some extra napkins, you probably won't need a bib.

The list so far:
No. 100: Bangkok Fries at Boheme
No. 99: Almond Croissant at Phoenicia
No. 98: Bulgogi Tacos with Kimchi at Chi'Lantro
No. 97: Soft Pretzel from Mongoose Versus Cobra
No. 96: Chicken and Waffles at Adair Kitchen
No. 95: Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Brooklyn Athletic Club
No. 94: Foie Gras Mac & Cheese at BRC Gastropub
No. 93: Vuelve a la Vida Soup at Connie's Seafood
No. 92: Homeroom at Bernie's Burger Bus
No. 91: Lobster Cake Benedict at Sorrel Urban Bistro
No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar
No. 89: Porchetta e Fagioli at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino
No. 88: Sesame Soft Balls at Golden Dim Sum
No. 87: Crab Daddy Bao at Fat Bao
No. 86: Ham, Egg & Cheese Crepe at Melange Creperie
No. 85: Pork Tamales at Irma's
No. 84: Greek Burger at Hubcap Grill
No. 83: Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches
No. 82: Grilled Ahi Tuna at St. John's Fire
No. 81: Catfish and Grits at The Breakfast Klub
No. 80: The Marie Laveau Sandwich at Sandy Witch
No. 79: Carnissima Pizza at Coppa Osteria
No. 78: Mortadella Sandwich at 13 Celsius
No. 77: Lamb Lollipops at Américas
No. 76: The Heights Burger at Gratifi
No. 75: 'Date With a Pig' at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
No. 74: Taco al Pastor at Taco Keto
No. 73: Chili Cheese Mac from Jus' Mac
No. 72: Chicken Pot Pie at Kenny & Ziggy's
No. 71: Lazy Lane Frites at Brasserie 19
No 70: Banana Split at Cloud 10 Creamery
No. 69: Dozen Raw Oysters at Pappas Seafood
No. 68: Green "Hurry Curry" at Nit Noi
No. 67: Bad Ass Hambur-Torta at Pistolero's
No. 66: Enchiladas de Mole at La Guadalupana
No. 65: Shorty Mac at H-Town StrEATS
No. 64: Squirrel Master Burger at Cottonwood
No. 63: Bánh Mì at Les Givral's Sandwich and Cafe
No. 62: Korean Spiced Brisket Plate at Revival Market
No. 61: Old Fashioned Frito Pie at Armadillo Palace
No. 60: Patata e Funghi Pizza at Pizaro's
No. 59: Baklava French Toast at Harry's Restaurant & Cafe

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The Golden Grill

, Houston, TX

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