JULY 4, 2011
@ The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
Take your fun memories of grilled cheese as a kid, but scrap the yucky Kraft singles and Wonder bread. The Mousetrap is the posh adult version of this childhood delight.
Rules that apply to all offers
(unless the fine print states otherwise)
- Limit one per user
- No cash value/cash back
- Tax and gratuity are not included
- Cannot be combined with other offers
Served Up By:
- The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
1 S Park Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107
- (415) 243-0107
Mon-Fri 8am - 3pm
Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Price Range: $$
Good for Kids: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Waiter Service: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Alcohol: Beer & Wine
Has TV: No
Creamy cheese, fresh sourdough, and a fresh fruit garnish that changes daily are what arrive in a small metal basket when you order the Mousetrap from this gourmet grilled cheese restaurant in SOMA. Even though the place is called The American, they boast far superior cheeses than their namesake. The Mousetrap includes Tillamook sharp cheddar, creamy Havarti, and Monterey jack melted lovingly on sliced artisanal sourdough. This combination is as great as it sounds; each bite melts in your mouth with gooey delight as you savor the crunch of crispy bread alongside the stretchy softness of the trio of cheeses inside.
Key Ingredients: Artisanal sourdough, Tillamook sharp cheddar, creamy Havarti, Monterey jack. Optional add-ons include applewood-smoked bacon, artisan-cured ham, roasted tomatoes, and bread 'n butter pickles
The American is a smaller restaurant on 2nd Street in South Park. You'll find it with doors wide open and a line out the door at lunchtime, but the line moves fast and it's worth the wait. The menu is listed on the wall and patrons line up at the two cash registers to place their order at the counter. The staff is an eclectic group of chic hipsters with bald heads, square rim glasses, and piercings; they will greet you with a smile and are quick and efficient working with customers and shuffling meals out of the kitchen. There's seating inside at counters, outside on the front patio, or you can always order your foodstuffs to go and enjoy your sandwich in the nearby shady South Park just around the corner.
Other Menu Musts:
The Mushroom Gruyere is a saucier version of The Mousetrap and includes fontina and gruyere cheeses, roasted wild mushrooms, soft gold potatoes, melted leeks, caramelized onions, and thyme butter. The Piglet is a melted ham and cheese with apple mustard and rosemary butter adding a touch of class. And the Feta Fetish gives a shout-out to our Mediterranean friends with a bit of roasted veggies mixed in with feta and fontina cheeses. And if you’re not feeling sandwich-y, there’s always fresh soup, hearty salads, and daily baked goods to ease your tummy grumbles.
Angie is a lover of food who has authored a Bay Area food and restaurant review blog (broccoliandchocolate.com) since 2009. She is happy to eat most everything that did not previously walk (pescatarian is the fancy name) and has never met a cheese she didn't like. Dessert is her favorite meal of the day.