When I first read about this place over the summer I nearly jumped out of my pants. Like the chocolate chip cookie, my affinity for the grilled cheese sandwich is invasive. Memories of my mom’s grilled cheeses from when I was a little kid drew me to this restaurant. And to evoke images of home while enjoying such a cheesy and savory treat is innovative, and really quite brilliant.
Although it’s a bit outside of Baltimore, Grilled Cheese and Co. in Catonsville is a unique find. The hardwood floors and warm colors on the interior are warm and inviting. The menu is straightforward – various types of grilled cheeses with gourmet ingredients. The “Crabby Melt” piles Monterey Jack cheese on top of more cheese and blue crab. The “Fresco” combines mozzarella, red peppers, basil pesto and balsamic with extra-virgin olive oil.
On my first visit, I tried the “Cordon Bleu” with Swiss cheese, smoked ham and grilled chicken with Dijon mustard, a classic French treat. The Swiss cheese was a winner, but the sandwich was a bit complicated for my palette. On my second visit, I ordered the BCT – cheddar, bacon and tomatoes. Simple and delicious.
Also notable is the “Sweetest Thing” (pictured below) – Brie cheese, raspberry flavored Mascarpone and chocolate chips smushed between two slices of bread. The sandwich is an oeey, gooey, drippy mess.
Although there is one location on Edmondson Avenue, the website hints at plans for future locations. That’s good news. I hope they decide to open one closer to Baltimore.