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Say 'Cheese' to The Golden Grill, Houston's Original Grilled Cheese Food Truck

By Kelly Church

With a menu covered in cheese, The Golden Grill is Houston, TX's first grilled cheese truck, allowing mobility for anyone in the area to experience the cheesey, and sometimes chocolatey, offerings. Owner Matthew Pak started the gourmet food truck and is out nearly every day and night, and can be rented for parties or events, even offering catering.

"We were among the first wave of food trucks to open in Houston. The low investment and risk were appealing and allowed us to do what we love, and bring our food to all areas of Houston," Pak says. "We are not confined to a permanent location and love that we have been able to be a part of so many amazing celebrations, festivals and events."

Menu items include traditional grilled cheeses and tater tots. Favorites, though, include the more eccentric carnitas grilled cheese made with slow roasted pork, apple jam, pepperjack cheese and pickles, melted to perfection between two toasted slices of bread. Pak says another customer favorite is the Buff Chic, a buffalo chicken grilled cheese with melted cheddar. There's also a pizza grilled cheese, barbeque grilled cheese with smoked brisket as the focal point and a chicken parmesan grilled cheese with chicken fingers and The Golden Grill's marinara sauce made in-house.

"We are addicted to the good feeling that comes with seeing happy faces stuffed with grilled cheese," Pak says. "We [also] love the excitement that comes in rolling out new menu items or specials, and how well received they are by cheese lovers."

The cheesy bacon tots are an extra menu item for those looking for an additional cheesey dish. Tots are topped with nacho cheese, bacon and green onions and served. For those looking for a slightly different twist on tots, the buffalo chicken tots are topped with buffalo chicken, blue cheese and green onions.

However, if you're looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, The Golden Grill's s'more grilled cheese is it. Filled with Nutella, marshmallow and a graham cracker crumble, Pak calls it "heavenly." The toasted pieces of bread holding the melted mixture are sprinkled with powdered sugar just before it's served. For Pak, putting cheesy smiles on her customers faces is what these menu items are about.

"Grilled cheese is an iconic comfort food we can all relate to and is so versatile; it's easy to get it just the way you want it," Pak says. "Everyone an create their own masterpiece, and you can't go wrong either direction you go in. Whatever your creation, grilled cheese brings us all back to a taste of home."

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