You ever have one of those moments when you learn something that makes you want to smack yourself over the head with a hammer because you didn’t already know it? That was how I felt last night when I was informed that
Souper Jenny in Buckhead stays open until 10 PM every Thursday for Grilled Cheese night.
For those that don’t know, Souper Jenny is a staple soup and sandwich spot in Buckhead, and one of the best of its kind in Atlanta. On any given afternoon, you can expect the lunch crowd to be lined up well into the parking lot. They have a constantly changing menu of 3-4 soups and 2-3 sandwiches every day, and you can always expect something more interesting than turkey on rye and a bowl of tomato soup. Although, their Two Tomato soup is still fantastic.
For a mere $10, you can get your choice of 1 sandwich, 1 soup, a drink, and a dessert (usually a homemade cookie/brownie, etc.). Considering I live walking distance from here (ok, drunken walking distance, but still pretty close) I try to go for lunch as often as I can. But, as it turns out, they are actually open for dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And Thursdays are their apparently infamous Grilled Cheese night.
So, upon learning this yesterday evening, I immediately headed straight over. Not surprisingly, the dining room was full and there was a 10 person deep line.
Because I love Souper Jenny so, I will refrain from any real negative criticism here. I have eaten here so many times that I know the food is great, and I would recommend that anyone make a point to go there. But, a few items I got last night had some issues, mostly temperature related.
My better half ordered the Turkey Chili and Grilled Cheese. I decided to try the Wild Mushroom and Barley soup and the Italian Grilled Cheese, which is served on a bagel with melted cheese, tomatoes, and chicken parmesan.
The Wild Mushroom and Barley soup was pretty good, but slightly under seasoned. It was still very filling and ultimately satisfying, but not the “wow factor” I usually get from their soups. (BTW – Souper Jenny recently made a recipe featured on Running With Tweezers. Not only does the soup look great, but I thought that was immensely cool of them to do.)
I should have gone with my gut and gotten the Grilled Cheese myself but, in the interest of my dedicated readers, I decided to try as much variety as possible. What I didn’t consider was that 9 out of 10 people in line were ordering the regular Grilled Cheese. This meant that my Italian Grilled Cheese had been sitting out for quite a while before it made it to my plate.
The flavor was good, but the sandwich was room temperature at best. The cheese wasn’t really melted and the chicken was dry. If this had been hot-off-the-grill it would have been amazing.
However, the Grilled Cheese turned out to be so much more than I expected. I was wondering how they could justify selling a plain ole’ grilled cheese for the same price as a sandwich with a whole chicken breast on it. That was because it wasn’t a plain ole’ grilled cheese.
This particular grilled cheese was made with Grafton Cheddar cheese. I don’t know how long it had been aged, but the flavor was unquestionably strong. What I liked the most about this sandwich, and what took me a few bites to figure out, was that this tasted like cheese fondue. I don’t know for certain, but I would bet anyone a slap to the face that the cheese had been pre-melted and had some beer added to it.
And, as you can see, it was perfectly cooked. The bread has a nice, buttery crunch to it and the molten cheese oozes out of the corners of your mouth with you bite down.
The atmosphere is great, the staff is extremely friendly, the food is tasty, and they aren’t afraid to take risks with their menu. And their customers are fiercely loyal. If you have never been, I recommend that you go and find out why for yourself.
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