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by Lauren Jones

The Big Cheese. I just love saying the name. And really, who doesn’t love grilled cheese? Ok, let’s play a game. Raise your hand if you’ve come down with a cold/flu/bubonic plague already this winter. Yeah, I thought so. I too have been hopped up on cold meds because this cough will Never. Leave. My. Body.

Anywho, in sickness or in health, a nice toasty-melty-buttery-fabulous grilled cheese sammie is a perfect lunch and you can grab yours at The Big Cheese food truck. I went this week and met the owner, Patrick, and fellow cheese griller, Andrew, who were both busy spreading the love of cheese across Washington, DC. Patrick, who has over 15 years’ experience in the restaurant biz opened The Big Cheese back in 2010 and it’s one of the original food trucks cruising around the District. Patrick knows the importance of fresh; he gets most of his cheese from Cowgirl Creamery and his butter from Trickling Springs out in the Amish countryside of Pennsylvania. And you cannot get fresher than the Amish, kids.

The cheesetastic menu rotates seasonally. The witty and delicious Truffle Shuffle (Sottoconere black and white truffle cheese with artichoke hearts on sourdough) and hearty tomato and butternut apple soups warm you up throughout the winter. Lighter fares like caprese sandwiches and gazpacho cool you down in the summer. I swooned over the Midnight Moon (goat gouda and caramelized onions on multi-grain) and the Barely Buzzed (creamy cheddar featuring tiny undertones of coffee grinds and lavender that give the sandwich a rich, earthy taste). I was sad when it was gone. Yeah I had two sandwiches, so what.

Other awesome things about The Big Cheese: little tiny pickles in little tiny bags that come with the sandwiches. I KNOW. While I was there, Patrick was also giving free samples of hot cider to his customers—it’s the little things! Sammies start at $7.50, soups for $3 Twitter is free: @bigcheesetruck.