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Epic Sandwich: Red Stag makes a case for Iowa cheese

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My Monday was greeted with a rather grotesque March rainstorm, so naturally; I was hungry for something to help lift my shivering spirits. I thought heading over to the Red Stag Supperclub would be a good strategy to accomplish just that.

The Red Stag specializes in supper club fare and anyone that has deer stroganoff and fried blue gill on their menu obviously understands the virtues of good comfort food. As soon as I saw the WI Grilled cheese featuring caramelized onion jam and arugula, I knew I had to have it.

My initial bite into the crispy bread was eerily reminiscent of the many stellar grilled cheese sandwiches my mom served up over the years. Despite the exterior crunch, the bread managed to maintain a comfortably soft interior that created the ideal base for a deliciously creamy Prairie Breeze Cheddar (I found out that the decadent cheese was sourced in Iowa, which I thought was odd for a sandwich named after Wisconsin).

The caramelized onion jam was perfectly sweet and a nice companion to the melted cheese. However, I was pretty disappointed to find out that the kitchen omitted the arugula promised on the menu. Putting greens on a hot sandwich may seem like an odd thing to do from a texture standpoint, but the bright, peppery leaves would have brought and additional element to elevate this sandwich from the one-dimensional category.

Sandwich Rating: Good, not great. The grilled cheese started off on the right foot, but removing a crucial ingredient kept it in the average category. With the absence, the sandwich begged for just a little something extra. I'll head back to the Red Stag, but will hold off to try one of their tempting dinner options.

Epic Sandwich copyright 2009 by Teddy Hobbins