Lee’s Grilled Cheese‘s spin on a classic dish is something every red, white and blue American should experience.
The restaurant opened this year in north Fort Worth, but Lee’s has been building its culinary reputation as a food truck in the Metroplex since 2010. The brick-and-mortar location offers an option for diners to sit and eat the grilled cheese without worrying about catching the truck.
Lee’s has a large menu that all has its roots in grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu features nine different kinds of cheeses from American to Mozzarella, and even Havarti.
The evil geniuses behind Lee’s have found a way to make grilled cheese more than just dairy in between two slices of bread. There’s a wide selection of meats and veggies that people can fashion into a sandwich. Like a grilled cheese with rotisserie chicken, smoked bacon, avocado, apples and plenty more. It’s the kind of stuff one would only fashion with Thanksgiving leftovers.
But reinventing an American staple can be intimidating. I mean, how can you make grilled cheese better? For those unsure of crafting their own sandwich, Lee’s offers nine “epic” creations that turn the traditional sandwich into a modern must have.
The Back Breaker takes sharp cheddar cheese and puts it into a hefty sandwich with barbecued pulled pork and macaroni and cheese. The cheeses’ textures and sharp flavors compliment the sweet and tender pork, which ends up being the star of the sandwich.
Based off the pork experience, Lee’s could probably open a barbecue joint, which would do just as well.
There’s also the Big Kahuna, which features cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and pulled pork. The sandwich’s innards are crowned with pineapple earning its Hawaiian name.
I got a combo, which includes half a sandwich (in my case the Big Kahuna), a side and a drink, for about $8.
As I devoured my meal, fighting to savor every bite, I was conflicted if I should have gotten the full sandwich. But you can’t really know a place until you sample the fries, which turned out in my favor. Similar to Five Guys‘ fries, which are both cooked in peanut oil, the potato’s flavor really comes out and the seasoning amplifies its taste.
If you’re not in the mood for fries, the eatery has other sides including, of course, tomato soup.
The restaurant itself isn’t huge, but even on a busy Friday night I didn’t have to fight for a seat. There are booths along one wall, and tables for two that run parallel. It’s clean and sleek inside and the red, black and white color palette feel modern diner-ish.
Next time you’re in north Fort Worth, almost south Keller, give Lee’s Grilled Cheese a shot. Unless you can catch the food truck.
More about Lee’s Grilled Cheese
Located at 5040 N. Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Lee’s is also on Facebook and Twitter.