Apparently it’s National Grilled Cheese Day and Grilled Cheese Month to boot. Of all the food-themed faux-holidays, I have to say I’m most skeptical of this one. I mean, isn’t grilled cheese an every day food? And like National Goat Cheese Month (August), I find it oddly-timed as well. My favorite grilled cheeses are rather seasonal — with fresh slices of tomato, peaches or the time-honored cheddar and apple — and none of those fruits are in season yet. But never one to turn down an excuse to eat cheese and talk about it, here’s my most recent grilled cheese dining experience.
I stopped into Screwtop Wine Bar one day for a late lunch. The small shop and bar is off the beaten path in Clarendon (VA) and has one of the most unusual things in this part of Arlington … free parking! While it’s advertised as a wine bar and shop, it also has a case of cheese selections (and charcuterie) to go with that wine. The menu has “nibbles and noshes” for sharing as well as sandwiches and salads, many of which feature cheese. I decided to give the “I <3 grilled cheese” sliders a try, which came out as two heart-shaped sandwiches with a tomato dipping sauce. Bonus points for presentation. The grilled cheese was nothing fancy, but was elevated above every day lunch status with the suggested pairing of Saxon Brown Semillon.* As an added bonus, Screwtop offers a sampler size of wine that’s the perfect pour for a midday respite, assuming you still have to work the rest of the afternoon.
The cheeses on offer cover all the bases, from fresh chevre to washed-rinds and blues, though they lean more European. I hope to get back soon to try a wine and cheese flight.
Screwtop Wine Bar
1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201
Have you had a delicious grilled cheese around town lately? Tell us where!
*In tonight’s #grilledcheesenight Twitter chat, I asked author Laura Werlin for her favorite spring grilled cheese and wine pairing. Her response: “I’d say WI cheddar, mozzarella, an apple slice & chardonnay (not much oak, please!)”