When is a pizza not a pizza, however simply as tasty as one?
When it’s a white pizza grilled cheese sandwich from Smithfield-based Jessie Lou’s Cellular Meals and Catering.
My husband and I caught up with Jessie Lou’s vivid purple meals truck with a yellow coronary heart brand when it was parked on a Saturday at The St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton. The truck additionally makes stops in locations resembling downtown Newport Information, Carrollton, Windsor and the Isle of Wight County Courthouse Advanced, in response to its web site.
Jessie Lou’s easy however satisfying menu options specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, scorching canine, soups and stews. Catering additionally is offered.
Proprietor Jessica Hamilton greeted us with a smile once we approached the window, and he or she cheerfully answered our questions on her choices.
Our orders positioned, we discovered seats contained in the brewery. Earlier than Jay might start imbibing his beer flight, Hamilton had introduced us our lunch.
At first chew, I understood why she had spoken so enthusiastically of the white pizza grilled cheese ($4). Superb quantities of three sorts of cheese — mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan — have been stuffed between two white bread slices thick sufficient to stop the melted cheese from oozing. Caramelized onions added a contact of sweetness. The bread was slathered on the skin with rosemary butter that Hamilton instructed us she makes. The savoriness of the rosemary helped minimize the richness of the sandwich, which gained a second place award on the Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Pageant in November, the meals truck’s menu mentioned.
Buffalo rooster grilled cheese ($5) was one other attention-grabbing tackle a basic consolation meals dish. Shredded rooster breast in buffalo sauce and cream cheese topped with pepper jack cheese and Colby-Jack cheese fortunately evoked the buffalo rooster dip that may be a get together staple.
The soup of the day, a barely spicy chili con carne ($4.50), was stuffed with tomato taste and full of mild and darkish kidney beans and floor beef. We discovered that the massive, 12-ounce cup was the proper dimension to separate as a facet dish. An 8-ounce model additionally is offered.
In whole, we loved a hearty lunch for lower than $18, together with the tip.
I shall be maintaining a tally of Jessie Lou’s web site and Fb web page to see what attention-grabbing locations the truck travels to, and what attention-grabbing dishes Hamilton comes up with, subsequent.