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Sandwich of the Week: Meauxbar’s French Onion Grilled Cheese

Sandwich of the Week: Meauxbar’s French Onion Grilled Cheese

Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Meauxbar serves a grilled cheese with a fantastic extra ingredient

Meauxbar’s French onion grilled cheese.

At Meauxbar, nestled within the French Quarter of New Orleans, executive chef Kristen Essig serves high-end comfort food — such as pork belly and scallop with sherry-orange gastrique, kimchi vinaigrette, and cashews and beef tartare with chipotle, cacao, bacon aioli, and crisps — in an authentic French bistro atmosphere. A 2015 Food & Wine nominee for The People's Best New Chef, Essig also includes a sandwich as an entrée on her dinner menu, one that Elle called “impossibly chic and utterly satisfying:” a French onion grilled cheese.

To make one, the chef piles pasture-raised Painted Hills brisket, Gruyère cheese, and red wine and thyme-caramelized onions between two thick-cut slices brioche bread upon which has been spread with house-made garlic aioli.

Chef Essig spoke to us about the inspiration behind this culinary masterpiece and explained that it "came about when we opened Meauxbar and I fought putting a hamburger on the menu. We opened the restaurant in May — practically summer in New Orleans — so putting on a French onion soup was way out of the question. I decided to combine the two to create a hearty, comforting sandwich that fit both the feel of the menu and the restaurant. Also, it just happens to be one of the best hangover sandwiches ever!" A sophisticated savory delight and a helpful cure? That’s why it’s this week’s Sandwich of the Week.


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


One food group that I don’t get excited about is a sandwich. I know that might sound really odd but they have never been my thing. Now my husband, Ray, that’s a totally different situation. He’s sandwich obsessed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the components of a sandwich I’m just not into the eating a sandwich itself. You don’t have to tell me, I know that makes no sense at all.

A crostini sandwich bite is my version of an elevated, deconstructed sandwich crispy crostini topped with all your favorite sandwich ingredients served open face, appetizer style. It’s the best of both worlds, making us both happy! It is fancy and portable!

My crostini bites are a 2-bite open faced gourmet sandwich sort of thing. Full of flavor with a fun appetizer twist, making them fancy enough to serve for an appetizer for a celebration or event and easy enjoy to serve up for a snack!


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