It’s been a while since a grilled cheese menu struck our fancy, but the new one that just launched at Vertical Wine Bistro just might do the trick. Every Tuesday night, the Old Town Pasadena restaurant is offering a selection of five cheesy concoctions from the classic croque-monsieur made with Manchego, Gruyère and ham to the fried egg-topped lobster grilled cheese with provolone and tarragon.
“I love cheese. It’s almost an obsession.” says executive chef Laurent Quenioux, who’s been known to pack over 45 varieties on his cheese carts. “A grilled cheese sandwich is so comforting and allows me to have fun with different flavors and textures. Pairing the sandwiches with beers adds a whole other level of interest to the experience.”
The beer offered for the pairings will change monthly. For May, Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewing Company will be taking over the taps with their Bohemian Bao Bao, Stateside Session IPA and three others. Quenioux recommends the light, crisp Seafarer Kölsch to go with the Chorizo de España sandwich with Serrano ham, roasted peppers, and pecorino on country white bread while the wild mushroom, spring onions, and Fontina melt is a good match for the Overnight Bender, a chamomile-infused Belgian-style Triple.
All sandwiches are $14 and come with a choice of soup, market salad, or espelette piment fries. Beers are $7.
Vertical Wine Bistro, 70 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, (626) 795-3999