New Business: ‘Grate’ grilled cheeses come to La Jolla

After years of operating a successful food truck, Grater Grilled Cheese sandwiches has parked in La Jolla. Tucked behind Shakeaway milkshake shop at 723 Pearl St., the sandwich shop opened in mid September.

Run by husband-and-wife team Gaston Corbala and Natalie Garin, the Grater Grilled Cheese sandwich truck has been rolling around San Diego since 2011. Given its loyal following, the couple said they opened “physical” locations in Pacific Beach and La Jolla, in addition to the truck.

“Grilled cheese sandwiches are a staple in American cuisine and it reminds people of home no matter where they are, so it’s good for visitors and locals, and because La Jolla sees visitors and locals, it was a perfect fit for us,” Garin said. “Our sandwiches are revamped versions of your mom’s grilled cheese using local and organic suppliers.”

The basic 5 Grilled Cheese blends five cheeses (hence the name) on artisan bread made just for Grater, with a choice of homemade spreads, including deli mustard, beer chipotle mayo, Spanish pimento and olive oil aioli. Patrons also have the option to add-on to any sandwich, such items as roasted vegetables, bacon or arugula.

From there, the sandwiches get a little more elaborate. The Carnivore is the Basic 5 with a hamburger patty. The Caprese is the Basic 5 with tomato and basil and balsamic vinegar. But Grater’s signature sandwich, and bestseller, is the puerto Nuevo-Style Lobster grilled cheese, with fried lobster, crab and a chipotle aioli.

“Our bigger sandwiches are American classics but funkier,” she said. “People think it’s going to be this small little thing, but they are surprised at how big the sandwiches are. It’s a lot of bang for your buck.” The Basic 5 is $6.50 and none of the sandwiches cost more than $11.50, but add-ons are extra.

The La Jolla location of Grater Grilled Cheese, marked by a wall-sized mural between it and Shakeaway, is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tuesday-Sunday. (858) 459-0094.

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