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The Perfect Pair – Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque

posted on January 21st, 2015 by Melinda Race

Soup Grilled Cheese (2)Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup is the perfect match made in America. Tomato soup was first created by Maria Parloa in 1872 in Boston, and it wasn’t until 1897 when Joseph A Campbell’s recipe for condensed tomato soup made it extremely popular.

The modern version of the grilled cheese was created in the 1920’s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available.  It was nicknamed the cheese dream during the great depression. Originally, it was an open-face sandwich, but the top of the bread became famous in the 60’s.

The grilled cheese sandwich is a classic American comfort food, but it has definitely grown up throughout the years!  Traditionally most comfortable at home on the dining table alongside a bowl of tomato soup, the grilled cheese sandwich now finds itself in places it never thought it would be: chic bistros, posh restaurants, and exclusive hotels. For decades the grilled cheese remained relatively unchanged.  One bite of the warm gooey cheese nestled between two crunchy buttery slices of white toast was all it took to transport us back to better days of childhood.  But, we have moved on, and over the years Americans have created so many different versions of the grilled cheese sandwich. We here at Bristol Farms want to bring you back to the good old days with a classic grilled cheese sandwich but with one twist in honor of our “Say Cheese” promotion going on now through February 10, 2015. In our Cafe’s grilled cheese offering, you pick the cheese: either Mainland Vintage Sharp Cheddar, Jarlsberg Swiss, or Hot Pepper Jack.  Your sandwich will be sitting alongside Bristol’s Own Signature Tomato Basil Bisque soup.  This soup is so good, my family has been eating it for 15 years! Family tip – we even use it as a pasta sauce. Once you try this soup, you are hooked!

This true American combo is available for a limited time in select locations for only $7.99. Please visit the cafe in our Rolling Hills, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Westchester, Newport Beach, La Jolla, or Palm Desert locations today.  Our Cafe teams will be ready to serve you and bring some comfort into your day.

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