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My Hunch was Right, GCDC, Grilled Cheese IS Awesome (now opening late Feb./early March by the White House)

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2014 at 11:30 am 19 Comments


In Dec. we learned a lot more about GCDC the Grilled Cheese and Wine Bar coming to 1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW near the White House (you can read the full press release here.) They are now on target to open late Feb./early March but me and a few folks were fortunate to get an early tasting. And I don’t know if it was because yesterday was 10 degrees and this is the perfect food for that weather but this was the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had. By far.

We tried 4 or 5 specialty sandwiches and since I’m not a food blogger I’m just gonna tell you the best one – Steak and Kimchi – Korean-style beef and homemade kimchi. Good lord that is an incredible sandwich. Paired with their upscale tomato soup it was just freaking delicious.

Anyway a few more details. They have a cheesemonger, Sophie Slesinger, who seriously knows her stuff. She will be curating the cheese plates with about 15 options, with one weekly rotating from Righteous Cheese out of Union Market. She speaks about cheese they way the finest sommelier speaks about wine – it’s pretty cool.

Ok some other quick details – bread is from Lyon. The sandwiches cook fast as hell in their high tech ovens (see below). Hours will be from 11am – to around 9pm to start. You can also get takeout for lunch. There will be around 9 grilled cheese options plus a make your own variety. They use 3/3.5 ounces of cheese per sandwich which is apparently a lot. Prices range from around $8-$12 for the sandwiches. There will be a Lobster grilled cheese coming too. There are also plans for a short rib one with mushrooms. There will be an egg cream.

But just remember the steak-kimchi – holy freaking cow.





  • Pixie

    I wish this place was open now! It’s the perfect weather for a soup and sandwich for lunch. Breadline has good soup but not a lot of variety. I’m looking forward to this place!

  • This is awesome, right in between both of my offices! Bring on the winter fat.

    • Anonymous

      It’ll be springtime more or less by the time they open.

      • February in DC is still quite cold for many of us!

  • Anonymous

    looks incredible

  • I want to work near civilization so badly. That looks amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Haha, me too! I don’t even like grilled cheese that much but at least it’s something, right?

    • hungry

      agreed! come to my office park in pg county!

      • I wanted this grilled cheese so much I abandoned my lunch and went to the nameless deli/hot bar next door (the other option in subway) for a grilled cheese. It wasn’t very good.

        • Anonymous

          At least you have a Subway. :)

  • Sorry this is so tangential, but I have just discovered that using a waffle maker to make a grilled cheese sandwich is a great idea. In case you live too far away to have grilled cheese for lunch, get a waffle maker and have one on the weekend!

  • Anonymous

    Damn you lactose intolerance!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t look at the next post. ;)

  • Food porn.

  • Ben

    That’s one sad looking oven. Looks like it got punched in the eye.

  • Rukasu

    I stopped reading after $12 sandwich

    • Oh good so then you saw that is actually a range – with $12 being at the high end and others started at $8. Glad we’re all on the same page now.

  • Rukasu

    $12 sandwiches make $12 cocktails look like a steal

  • Anonymous

    Looks scrumptious anytime….how cool after lunch wine,cheese and charcuterie . We all need our calcium.


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