A Restaurant Where Grilled Cheese Is King

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a topic I’m quite fond of… (see here and here).  I guess it shouldn’t surprise you that I just grubbed at a place called Grilled Cheese & Co. Catonsville, Maryland is the home base for this grilled cheese destination.  While I found the prices to be grossly expensive for what you’re getting, I still left with a smile on my face after trying the Kickin BBQ Chicken (Pepper jack cheese, grilled chicken, diced red onions & sweet BBQ sauce! $7.00).

So I mentioned overpriced: Avoid “The Original”.  For $5.00 you get American cheese and white bread… your typical grilled cheese.  Nothing wrong with the sandwich at all except for the price.  We’re talking maybe 75¢ worth of ingredients for 5 bucks!?  The $4.00 cup of Cream of Tomato Basil Soup (with diced tomatoes, shredded Parmesan cheese & croutons) was a ripoff too.  Since when does a grilled cheese and tomato soup combo cost $9.00?  Outrageous.

Being in a suburb of neighboring Baltimore, get a taste of the area and try the “Crabby Melt” (Melted monterey jack cheese on top of our homemade cheese blend of cheese, crab meat & spices, $7.50).

Such a nice idea to have a place dedicated to my beloved grilled cheese sandwich.  While the grubbing was good, the prices were laughable.  I’m not so sure a place like this can get repeat customers with absurd prices, and that’s a shame.  The food didn’t leave as much as a lasting impression as my bill. 🙁
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17 comments on “A Restaurant Where Grilled Cheese Is King

  1. skippymom says:

    Dang that is steep – you weren’t kidding. 9 bucks for a small [and that looks small] soup and a decent sandwich is a lot.

    I do like the concept and the sandwiches sound/look perfectly made.

    I want a crab one now. Yum.

  2. Chuck says:

    I know where I’ll check out for a grilled cheese next time I’m at home in DC! As long as I bring someone else who will pay for me…

  3. Adam says:

    I went here once and got a soup. Tuscon Bean and chicken – came with some amazingly creamy goat cheese. My friend said the fries suck though.

  4. rob says:

    They should pull out all the stops and charge $28 for a grilled cheese and cup of soup

  5. J.B. says:

    $5 for a grilled cheese sandwich?
    Are they nuts?

  6. Chefprotoss or dan says:

    I’m one of those people that can easily justify spending high prices on food. Five dollars for a plain jane grilled cheese? If it had duck confit, goat cheese, fresh roasted bell peppers and roasted garlic on artisan bread, I would gladly pay fourteen bucks. However, I ballparked the math and this sandwhich shouldn’t cost them any more than two quarters(I have run a few restaurants before lol). Which makes that a complete rippoff. It didn’t look jaw-droppingly amazing either.

  7. Evan says:

    at least they have free WiFi?

    for my money (and yours) give Prime Central a shot, right up the street from Grilled Cheese and Co.


  8. Justin says:

    $0.75? Not even. That might be how much a cheeseburger costs at Chili’s. This costs them probably around $0.02.

    Clearly, these sorts of restaurants are for idiots with too much money.

  9. ratbuddy says:

    Man, you guys are cheap. Some of us are willing to pay for quality, and some restaurants are willing to cater to us.

    Enjoy the dollar menu, it’s worth every penny I’m sure.

    • J.B. says:

      I am sorry, if you pay $5 for American cheese and white bread, you are an idiot, plain and simple.
      What extra quality are you paying for?

    • Justin says:

      American cheese…and bread. Seriously?

      These kinds of places and burger joints only appeal to wealthy types who only have eaten gourmet, possibly health food their entire lives and only have been exposed to proletarian meals like this once they went out onto their own in college or the working world.

  10. Justin says:

    Check out Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland. Much better and they give you huge portions! It has a really fun atmosphere and place to go with friends to get a great sandwich and hang out. My friends are addicted!
    Here is their website: http://www.meltbarandgrilled.com

    • Ryan says:

      I ALMOST had the chance to grab grub at Melt when I was in Cleveland a few months ago, but didn’t go. Next time for sure… one of the tops on my list.

  11. man a restaurant that specializes in the grilled cheese is a really good idea… too bad about those prices (although i’m not surprised). i always felt bad for people ordering grilled cheeses at restaurants, because obviously they want them, BUT AT WHAT COST? it’s like ordering a pb&j. i just avoid it altogether.

    • Justin says:

      Like I said, if you grew up rich with personal chefs, and going out to eat at expensive restaurants all the time, grilled cheese sandwiches and hamburgers will rock your world. That’s the only way I can explain it. There are a ton of burger joints out there that get a lot of raves from the yuppie crowd, like Five Guys, but every time I go check it out, all I can say is “meh, I’ve had better from Chili’s.” If you ask me, the best burgers I’ve had are from Canada. There’s just something about the meat that tastes better there. I can’t explain it. There’s this place called Harvey’s that lets you choose fresh toppings for your burgers, and I really like it. You can get banana peppers, etc., and it all looks like fresh produce.

      To me, these places are like amusement parks for the rich. They go there and eat like a poor person for a day, while still paying exorbitant prices. Then they go on the Food Network and on the tabloids and say it’s the best restaurant in the world. Yeah, whatever.

  12. Love the concept, but too much $$$$$$

    I agree with Justin.

  13. fromaroundhere says:

    A little late, I know, but I’m just getting caught up on this site…

    Yes, $5 is a lot for a grilled cheese, but the DC area is the most expensive place to live in this country. Having lived here my whole life, it just seems normal to me. I can’t imagine being able to get pretty much anything for less than $5 these days (except maybe a small cup of plain coffee…that would only be $2.) Yeah, Catonsville is Bawlmer, not DC, but it’s still kinda par for the course here.

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