I'm a sucker for restaurants that feature one specialty done well, so I was delighted when I had a chance to try Dad's Grilled Cheese, at 5525 South Decatur (between Russell and Tropicana).
Dad's features sandwiches that include some form of melted cheese."The Apprentice" is a simple grilled cheese (American or Cheddar) on grilled white bread, wheat bread, or Texas Toast, for a mere $2.49. But Dad's offers 13 other sandwiches, many of which involve meat. Perhaps the most popular sandwich is "The DJ," which combines Emmantaler and Gruyere cheeses with corned beef or pastrami, with sauerkraut on a grilled rye bread (in other words, a Reuben). All the sandwiches are under $5.
We had a chance to talk for quite awhile with the manager and chef, who seem genuinely interested in receiving feedback from customers. Everything seems fresher and elegant than you'd expect given its fast-food look. The sandwiches are not huge, so you have room for homemade tomato soup or fries or onion rings. But we were too full to try Dad's signature dessert, the Butter Boom: flavored cream cheese nestled within two slices of chocolate pound cake, grilled in butter and drenched in chocolate. Yowzers!
What a cool idea. I hope, despite its less than thrilling location, Dad's Grilled Cheese find its niche. Dad's is open from 10:30 - 7:30 Monday through Saturday.