For a good portion of every year, I legitimately question why I/we choose to live in Texas. I know that there are some (crazy) people that love the Texas heat, but I am certainly not one of them, so it has been such a pleasure to see the temperatures take a turn towards the less-excruciating over the past couple of weeks. Backsweat is thankfully becoming a thing of the past, and we are in the early stages of the outdoors being actually tolerable for awhile here in Texas. What that means, to me at least, is that I get to dig into some of my favorite Austin food trucks moreso than I have in recent months. The first truck that I stopped by on a recent absolutely fantastic evening was an old favorite of mine that specializes in serving up the absolute best damn grilled cheese sandwiches in Austin. If you are a fan of great bread and great cheese (and who ISN'T?), I implore you to take a trip down to the bright yellow shipping container parked in the heart of South Congress. You, quite simply, must go to Burro Cheese Kitchen.
While South Congress Avenue certainly has its fair share of great places to eat, Burro Cheese Kitchen's bright yellow facade and fantastically clean design has the curb appeal to catch the attention of the crowds that visit this always-bustling stretch of Austin. A quick glance at the menu offerings of specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as a handy guide to designing your own creations, is always enough to draw you in. While these go well-beyond the grilled cheeses of my youth (no offense, mom...and Mrs. Baird's), there is something fantastically nostalgic about having a grilled cheese sandwich. Burro Cheese Kitchen takes this to another level by using the BEST bread, top-quality cheese, original sauces, and applying heat to pull it all together.
Owner Justin Burrow opened Burro Cheese Kitchen in February of 2013, after having spent time in Seattle regularly experimenting with cheese pairings from a local market. Think about it: when you order a cheese plate from a nice restaurant, you are delivered a selection of different cheeses, sweet and/or spicy sauces, a few slices of great bread or crackers, and if you are lucky, some salty cured meats to round out the experience.
Mr. Burrow (and company) wanted to take the elements of a well-curated cheese pairing experience, and create the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town. With a sandwich like my personal favorite, Burro's take on the classic French croque madame sandwich, with smoked ham, gouda cheese, pesto aioli, dulce de leche sauce, and a fried egg, all tucked in-between two slices of the bread from the best bakeshop in Austin (Easy Tiger, of course!), I'd say they are doing a hell of a job.
Burrow (rightfully so) attributes the success of their top-selling item, the "Waylon & Willie," a legendary sandwich worthy of its namesakes, to the spicy maple bacon sauce that pairs perfectly with aged cheddar and gouda cheese, caramelized onions, and peperoncini peppers. One bite into the Waylon & Willie, and it is immediately evident that much thought went into picking just the right ingredients for this one.
In addition to the regular menu offerings, Burro Cheese Kitchen does offer special menu items, some on a regular basis, like the brisket grilled cheese that is available every Friday from open-until-sell out. It should be abundantly clear that the team behind Burro Cheese Kitchen make careful consideration to use the best ingredients that they can get their hands on, and that's why they load up with pounds on pounds of brisket from my favorite place in town, La Barbecue, before making my dreams come true with "Brisket & Beer Friday." I will say, however, that this sandwich DOES sell out every Friday, so if you want to ensure that you get to try one, be on time :)
Another special menu item that was being offered for awhile, but has since been hiding in the secret sandwich laboratory, waiting to make a rare, return appearance, is the over-the-top Crobrio (er, cronut) Monto Cristo sandwich. This beast was loaded full of La Barbecue pulled pork, smoked ham, lavender cheddar cheese, and (yes) chocolate sauce. Not for the faint of heart, so of course, I ate one! This was, at one time, a monthly special, but perhaps due to the difficulty of securing the limited Crobrios (brioche doughnut-croissant hybrids) from local baker, La Patisserie, it has remained a memory...and this pretty picture. I heard, however, that it very well could make a special appearance at some point, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
Based upon the sheer number of photos in this post, it should be clear that I love taking pictures here at Burro Cheese Kitchen. Not only are the sandwiches mouth-watering and full of melted cheese-y goodness, the yellow container provides a perfect backdrop, and I love the Burro branding. It should also be noted that the truck has a lovely outdoor seating area (BYOB!!), and with evenings like we have been having lately, I cannot recommend a visit high enough. Cheese and bread, guys. Cheese and bread.
1299 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704
Tues - Sat 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Sun 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM