Say Cheese!

Westport’s long wait for gourmet grilled cheese has ended.

The Grilled Cheese Eatery — the Westport branch of a Fairfield restaurant that opened last October — is serving up 15 varieties of the childhood favorite. Though none are anything like your mother made.

The menu includes “The Smoky” (smoked Gouda, Muenster, baby back ribs, pickles, caramelized onions on sour dough), “The Gardener” (goat cheese, Fontina, 5 grilled vegetables, basil, olives on 9-grain) and “The Chesapeake” (crab cake, roasted peppers, Panko crisp, dill Havarti on English muffin). Not a squirt of Velveeta anywhere.

The menu includes grilled cheese with ribs and caramelized onions.

The menu includes grilled cheese with ribs and caramelized onions.

There are 3 types of specialty fries (rosemary-parmesan, feta-oregano and Gruyere-truffle oil); several soups, and a create-your-own salad with over 40 ingredients.

All sandwiches can be ordered on gluten-free bread. At least 2 soups a day are dairy- and gluten-free. Even the French onion soup is vegan.

The Grilled Cheese Eatery is open 7 days a week (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). Delivery will be available soon.

It’s on the ground floor of the strip mall vacated this winter by Great Cakes and Target Training, next to the abandoned Citgo station.

How nice to see a little life coming back to this area. And — amazingly — the new place is neither a bank nor a nail salon.

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