OC TOP 100: DISH #25 – GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
The grilled cheese sandwich used to be such a simple snack or after school treat that your mom would whip up in the kitchen if you were hungry. A simple slice of bread, some Kraft processed cheese slices, and a little bit of butter to add flavor and help things prevent from sticking. But somewhere along the line, the simple grilled cheese sandwich grew up and became a sophisticated dish that stands on its own.
Black Sheep epitomizes the evolution of this simple dish. They are fairly easy to spot in the Packing District. All you have to do is follow your nose towards the rich buttery scent or look for their signature black sheep on the counter.
Their formula is rather simple in concept – add artisanal bread, cheese, and meat. The result is a very adult and complex version of something that we loved so much as children. The #2 is comprised of Manchego cheese, Jamon Serrano, and quince paste. It is a great combination of salty and sweet. The bread is swathed in whipped butter then grilled in a press with the aforementioned ingredients. It is a hot melty mess that will scald the innards of your mouth as you try and prevent yourself from stuffing it all in at once. The buttered bread is so good, that it will remind you of the Sizzler toast that you just could never get enough of.
“The Man” is simply put, salami and cheese. Salami when heated up has a certain richness to it, especially if it is of good quality. The bread produces that wonderful crunch while remaining soft on the inside.
Those who are not grilled cheese aficionados may balk at the price of these sandwiches which run just under $10 a piece, but quality comes at a price. Additional selections are available and occasionally some sell out.
Bill total: 2 sandwiches, 1 drink, tax, tip = around $21
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Black Sheep GCB - Anaheim Packing District, 440 S Anaheim Blvd #213, Anaheim, California. (714) 533-3850