NY Food Truck Lunch: Jerk Chicken Melt & A New Dessert from Gorilla Cheese NYC
I’m glad lots of the food trucks change up their menus from time to time or have rotating specials – it gives me a chance to try something new for lunch on a regular basis. In fact, I got to try 2 new things on my last visit to Gorilla Cheese.
What caught my attention was this week’s special, a jerk chicken melt, which cost $7. When I was ordering I saw a new dessert called “apple pie melt”. I like apple pie (and cheese), and it only cost $3, so I decided to give it a try.
The weekly special had lots of breaded jerk chicken, muenster cheese and sliced tomato on French bread. The jerk chicken was nice and peppery, with a decent amount of heat.
The muenster cheese was a good, creamy match with the peppery chicken. As you in the photo, the bread was grilled to a golden brown. This was an enjoyable sandwich, with a crispy exterior, and a soft, tasty interior.
When I finished the sandwich and was ready for dessert, I reached into the bag and pulled out…another sandwich? I didn’t realize the “apple pie melt” was a grilled apple pie sandwich with cheese!
Oozing out the side of the sandwich were sliced apples, cheddar cheese and a thick, red, syrupy sauce.
I took a bite and got a mouthful of apple, cinnamon and some cheddar cheese, but mostly apple and cinnamon.
I couldn’t quite place what the red sauce was, so I asked James, the owner. He told me the red in the apple pie melt was pulverized red hots! That would explain the cinnamon flavor…and the sweetness.
Two sandwiches was a bit much for lunch and dessert, but they were both delicious. One way to solve this dilemma is to go to Gorilla Cheese with a friend and split the sandwiches. That way you can have lunch and dessert without eating two sandwiches, like I did.
Gorilla Cheese gets around to different neighborhoods for both lunch & dinner, so you should check their Twitter here. They have a special sandwich each week that’s usually a good way to go. The special sandwiches are generally $7, and you can add a side order of tater tots and a bottle of water for another $3.