While it may not be as popular as Thanksgiving, Forth of July or even Flag Day, Saturday marks a fan favorite holiday of sorts. NY1’s Bree Driscoll was the lucky one who got to cover National Grilled Cheese Day.
First a warning, this story is going to be cheesy. And gooey. And crunchy. That's because Saturday is National Grilled Cheese Day, a full day dedicated to one of America's favorite sandwiches.
"I love cheese and cheese melted and all stuck together and in between bread and I love bread to me it is just the perfect combination,” said one grilled cheese lover.
"It is the ultimate comfort food,” said another.
"I've always like melted cheese and I think I have grown fonder of melted cheese as I have gotten older,” said a third.
A sandwich so good it has trucks dedicated to bringing its deliciousness to the masses.
"People just walk by and go, ‘What is that? Oh my god it is a grilled cheese truck. I didn't know they had those,’” said Michael Blouin, of Milk Truck.
Well they do. Six days a week Mike and his co-workers are in their truck, slicing bread, buttering the outside, adding cheese and a variety of toppings, then throwing it on the grill until it's perfectly crisp.
"You got that salty you got that sweet. You got that caramelized bread on the outside. It is everything together to make one orchestra of taste in your mouth,” said Blouin.
There are also shops like Melt shop which has three locations in Manhattan and is in the process of expanding. Josh Morgan, one of the owners, says they have almost every grilled cheese combination you can imagine but customers still love the original.
"We sell more classics than any other sandwich because that is kind of the comfort classic that people come in and they want when they think of grilled cheese they think of that American on white bread,” said Morgan.
So why is this sandwich so beloved? For many of us it goes back to childhood.
"As a kid growing up, dipping it in that tomato soup as it oozes out of the sandwich. It was awesome,” said one New Yorker.
"Everyone grows up eating grilled cheeses right? It makes us all feel like kids again,” said another.
Anyway you slice it, whether it is with cheddar, blue or with Bree, National Grilled Cheese Day is worth celebrating.