There are a few moments in dining when the clouds part, the sun shows itself and the angels sing. Okay, maybe not that last part. But one bite of Cheestetique’s Best Thing on the Menu: Gjetost and Banana and your outlook on grilled cheese, and perhaps sandwiches in general, will be forever changed.
Cheesetique is a quaint cheese shop with an accompanying café that can be found in two Virginia locations: Shirlington and Alexandria. Their cheese-driven specialties include cheese boards, gourmet macs and grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches.
Tucked away at the bottom of the menu, the BTM gjetost and banana is a salty-sweet grilled cheese made with Norwegian Gjetost (pronounced YAY-toast) on cranberry walnut bread with bacon. This sandwich packs personality with its warm, squishy banana, thick fudgy cheese, smoky bacon and fruity grilled bread. We think that Elvis, lover of peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches, would have really dug this dish.
Gjetost is often described as a “love it or hate it” food. Perhaps this is why the Cheesetique menu reads, “It’s good, we promise!” Gjetost is a nutty, silky, caramelized cheese that is brown in appearance and fudge-like in texture. It’s made by boiling milk, cream and whey for several hours causing the water to evaporate. The heat turns the milk sugar into caramel, which gives the cheese its characteristic taste. Ski Queen is the most readily available gjetost brand in the U.S. and can be found on Amazon.com or, for Logan Circle locals, at the P Street Whole Foods. Read more about gjetost here.
Cheesetique is the perfect rainy-day hideaway and those who dine in the wine bar cafe receive 10% off any retail purchase that day. Oh and, they bring you chocolate chips with the check!
Gjetost and Banana not your BTM? Share your favorites in the comments section.