The American Grilled Cheese Mousetrap
The American Grilled Cheese Mousetrap

My colleagues and I at KQED are starting to get spoiled by all of the new tasty food offerings that have been steadily popping up in our neighborhood. Mission Dispatch, Salumeria, Mission Bowling Club and the Blue Bottle location at Heath and have all cropped up in the past year.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen blackboard
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen blackboard
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen signThe American Grilled Cheese Kitchen mini blackboardThe American Grilled Cheese Kitchen menu

Now The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen has moved in at 20th and Harrison across the street from flour + water. Their cheesy creations are the polar opposite of their predecessors, the vegan / raw food restaurant Cafe Gratitude, the former occupants of the space.

Co-Owner Nate Pollak
Co-Owner Nate Pollak

Several of us stopped in this afternoon for their soft launch opening. Co-owner Nate Pollak was busy attending to the lunch rush, but stopped to briefly chat with us about his excitement over his new location. Their menu will continue to evolve and expand over the coming weeks, and they’ll have longer hours and dinner service as well.

The counter at The American Grilled Cheese KitchenLunchtime patronsLunchtime patronsZebra Rooster paintingPomegranate LemonadeBaked GoodsBacon-Jalapeno BiscuitsDelicious American CheeseThe actual kitchen for The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Smoky Tomato Soup
Smoky Tomato Soup

My co-workers and I ordered their Smoky Tomato Soup ($4.50), served with garlicky croutons, a perfect complement to their grilled cheese sandwiches. Two of us ordered the Mousetrap (Tillamook sharp cheddar, havarti and Monterey jack cheese on sourdough — $6), while the rest of us tried the Mushroom Gruyère (fontina, gruyère, roasted wild mushrooms, roasted potatoes, melted leeks, caramelized onions, thyme butter on levain — $9). All were served on Pinkie’s Bakery bread, the fine foundation of their grilled delights. And a side of fresh seasonal fruit — in this case, juicy tangerines — accompanied our meals.

Mushroom Gruyère
Mushroom Gruyère

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for dessert — although we did try one of their De La Paz lattes — but we’ll be back to sample their baked goods, breakfast fare and other items in the near future.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (The Mission)
Address: Map
2400 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA

Opening Month(s) Schedule:
Sat. & Sun. 10AM-6PM
Closed Mon. & Tues.

Twitter: @TheAmericanSF
Facebook: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen Brings Its Melted Goodness To The Mission 19 January,2013Jenny Oh



Jenny Oh

Jenny is a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED's popular food blog. She formerly worked as an Interactive Producer for the Science & Environment unit. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.

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