ALEXIS CAMARENA
Senior Editor

I first paid the eatery a visit after a night out at Grasshopper, and let me tell you, the location is convenient. After all, gooey grilled cheese isn’t just good for the heart, but good for an alcohol-filled stomach.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are really my favorite things in the world. Whether it’s a homemade creation, or one of my favorite take-out renditions from Five Guys, the grilled cheese always seems to do the trick.

On a night when you’re feeling particularly disillusioned with your life, when you’re asking yourself some pretty depressing questions to figure out exactly where you went wrong, you can find much-needed consolation in the buttery, toasted cheesiness of this American classic.

You will find fruition in looking in your refrigerator, and in realizing that at this very moment, you have exactly what you need to get exactly what you want.

Tonight, you are the master of your fate – at least, your culinary one. Tonight, you’re going to do something right.

Until you don’t. Until you forget that the toaster oven is very temperamental, and runs a little too hot sometimes. You look up from your nightly Facebook lurking, and realize that the burning smell that is currently penetrating the entire house is not the smell of sweet victory. The flames erupting from the toaster oven are not burning in glory.

Your RA wakes up and runs down the hall, because they think you’ve set the building on fire. It wouldn’t be the first time. They’re not at all amused.

Tonight, your stomach will be just as empty as your heart … because those were your last two slices of bread.

But fear not, FDU students. The Grilled Cheese Factory in Morristown has just the remedy. Located at 28 Morris St., across from the popular college bar Grasshopper Off The Green, the small, quaint dive was opened by Madison resident and FDU alum Dave Chiarolanzio last year.

I first paid the eatery a visit after a night out at Grasshopper, and let me tell you, the location is convenient. After all, gooey grilled cheese isn’t just good for the heart, but good for an alcohol-filled stomach.

The restaurant is open until 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and is only a block and half away from other popular bars such as Dark Horse Lounge and Sona Thirteen.

Now, my second experience was just as pleasant as the first; the pseudo gourmet grilled cheese at the Factory is just as good during the day on an empty stomach, as it is at night under the influence.

Their grilled cheese philosophy is simple: You can create your own, choosing the kind of cheeses (American, cheddar, Swiss, Havarti, Fontina), the bread (white Italian, multigrain, tortilla, garlic bread), and toppings (tomato, onion, lettuce, roasted peppers, sauerkraut, turkey, ham, roast beef, bacon, Taylor ham, pulled pork, grilled chicken, avocado and more).

Or, you can try one of the 26 signature grilled cheese paninis, which include the Cordon Blue (grilled chicken, smoked ham, Swiss and honey mustard), the Turkey Club (turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo and American cheese), or the Cheesy Mac and Rib (BBQ pork and mac ‘n’ cheese). All sandwiches come with your choice of chips on the side.

Both visits, I opted to create my own: a multigrain grilled cheese made with American and cheddar cheeses, tomato, lettuce and avocado. Even now, it still makes my mouth water and my stomach grumble.

The bread was just crispy enough, the cheese melted to just the right degree, and the tomatoes and lettuce were fresh; my only gripe about my meal was that the avocado was more like an avocado sauce than fresh slices.

Aside from the various possibilities for a grilled goodness, the Factory also has broccoli cheddar soup and tomato soup, the grilled cheese’s partner in crime.

For a dollar more, you can enjoy a half sandwich, cup of soup combo. For those of you who stay away from carbs, there are also a few salad options, though I haven’t sampled them yet.

The Grilled Cheese Factory also accepts Fairleigh 1Card Cash, although deliveries are reserved for large orders. Don’t let that stop you, though; the next time you find yourself in MoTown, keep this place in your thoughts.

But even if you’re not in the neighborhood, it’s worth the trip.

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