A while back, we shared our countdown of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Pittsburgh, but that list was missing a crucial contender: The Yard in Shadyside. This place has an entire page of their menu dedicated to gourmet grilled cheese with punny names.
We managed to sample only two of the options, but at the other end of the bar, we saw a trio of young men passing around various sandwiches. One of them had mac & cheese oozing out of it. That’s right, mac & cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. That particular concoction is called the “Mac Attack.”
The “Young Cheezy ” features caramelized onions, chorizo, and potato hash glued together with cheddar between two sliced of Texas toast. It’s a messy sandwich, and not as cheesy as you might expect, but it’s a tasty combination of flavors and it’s grilled to perfection.
The “Breakfast Club” wasn’t so much a sandwich as a stack of breakfast foods slathered in cheese and syrup. Our version was served between two pancakes rather than the Belgium waffles advertised on the menu. This one demanded a knife and fork, and while it did feature two cheeses, its relationship to the original sandwich is tenuous at best. It was delicious all the same.
While the two we sampled would make it at around number two of our old list, this menu is so vast that there’s a sandwich for everyone. One of them might, quite possibly, become our new number one someday.
For movie buffs, there’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Big Che-bowski,” and “The Jerk.”
For seafood lovers: “Shrimp on the Barbie” and “Crabby Patty 13.”
For people who normally prefer burgers: “The Wac Arnold.”
For those overwhelmed by all the options: “Simple Jack.”
Then there are a couple classic Pittsburgh grilled cheeses to delight all Yinzers. “Pierogies N’ At” features, you guessed it, piergoies, as well as sauteed onions, Sauerkraut, and keilbasa. “Yinz Guys Hungry?” is a true Pittsburgh style grilled cheese: fries and slaw stuffed inside.
Finally, if you don’t want grilled cheese at all, “It’s Peanut Butter Jellytime” is a fried PB & J sprinkled with powdered sugar.