Green Frog: Grilled cheese menu

ByAaron Kayser

On June 30, 2011, The Green Frog closed its doors at 902 N. State St. promising a new, larger space for the bar to expand. The wait was long and arduous for the Frog’s faithful followers (ourselves included), but we are happy to report that the wait was well worth it. The new space is located at 1015 N State St., just down the road from the old one. Gone are the days of crossing your fingers for a seat at one of the few tables; this new location feels about six times larger. It comes complete with a large elevated stage, a huge outdoor patio (seriously, it’s big), an expanded beer, wine and cider selection, plus the addition of spirits and a menu of grilled cheese sandwiches.
If your idea of a grilled cheese sandwich is Kraft American singles and Wonder Bread, be prepared to have your world changed forever. At the time of this review, the menu includes 10 different variations including The Caprese (mozzarella, tomato slices, basil), The Elvis (cheddar, bacon, peanut butter), The Pepperjack Attack (pepperjack with cucumber slices) and more. Several types of bread and cheese are available and every sandwich comes with tomato soup or salad. Peanuts are also available for those who want something to snack on – just make sure you throw your shells on the floor.
Kayser had The Gorgonzola on rye with a cup of the tomato soup ($8), and a pint of Elysian Brewing’s Rapture Heather Ale. The sandwich consisted of mozzarella, gorgonzola, slices of green apple and crumbled pieces of bacon. The cheese was melted and gooey, the apples provided a nice crunch and tartness, and the sandwich was loaded was bacon. The sandwich provided an interesting combination of very different flavors, and it all worked really well. As expected, the cup of tomato soup was a perfect compliment.
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Along with a pint of Odin Brewing’s Thor’s Equinox, Apple went with The BBQ Bacon on sourdough with a side salad ($8). One bite in and he decided this was the best grilled cheese he’d ever consumed. Filled to the brim with bacon and cheddar, this sandwich sets itself apart with a layer of spicy Trilby’s BBQ sauce and corn kernels. Corn sounds like an odd addition to a grilled cheese, but it adds an unexpected texture and subtle taste that really makes this sandwich stand out. The side salad, made of fresh greens, tomato, cucumber and shredded carrots felt like a necessary choice to offset the bacon and cheese.
If you didn’t have a reason to visit The Green Frog at the old space before, either because you don’t like beer or live music, you might want to consider giving them another shot. The addition of liquor will bring new people in for sure, but after our trip to the Frog for food, these sandwiches are reason enough to pay them a visit. Plus when summer rolls around, the outdoor patio is going to be a great place to throw back a few drinks.
The Green Frog is located at 1015 N. State St. in Bellingham. For more information, visit acoustictavern.com.