Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



The New Grilled Cheese Place In The HUB Is Alright, But It’s Hard To Mess Up Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese is a college staple in all its affordable, effortless, carb-y glory. That’s why when Grate Chee (a grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurant) recently replaced Diversons in the HUB, our staff was all over it.

We sent one of our most aggressive grilled cheese enthusiasts and one of our more indifferent writers to check it out on Tuesday afternoon.

Slack for iOS Upload (11)

Sara Civian: It was okay.

I got a grilled cheese with American cheese, bacon, and no tomato with a side of tomato soup. I felt a little silly asking for a “grilled chee,” and although it’s really cool that you can pick from a ton of different cheeses and you can have up to three on your grilled cheese, too many options stress me out. In retrospect, I should’ve branched out and went swiss or provolone, but that’s my mistake. It wasn’t bad by any means, but I was kind of upset I was in the HUB and too full to eat Chick-fil-A. At around $5, I could’ve made the same thing at home for half the price. It’s worth it if you find yourself in the middle of the HUB absolutely craving grilled cheese or maybe if you want to try a different type of cheese and spice it up with some meat, but if you just want a standard grilled cheese, you should just make one at home. I feel this exact same way about every restaurant in the HUB except for Chick-fil-A, though, so maybe it’s just me.

Mike Reisman: It was okay.

When I heard there would be a new grilled cheese place in the HUB, a rush of excitement came over my body. I have a strong love for grilled cheese, and because my parents conceived me a year too late, I never got to experience the glory of Grillers, so there has always been a grilled cheese size hole in my heart. The potential of a place where I knew I could always get a good grilled cheese on campus was almost too much.

It was the perfect day to try, too — I hadn’t had time to eat breakfast and had become increasingly hungry during class. I arrived and immediately noticed something: The sandwiches run you about five dollars, so they’re not cheap for something so simple. But I continued, hoping this signaled high quality.

I ordered a sandwich with bacon, cheddar, and pepper jack cheese. After a nice five minute wait, they called order number 69 and I got my food. I began mentally preparing for the wonderful tastes to come together in my mouth.

After opening the box, I realized that the grilled cheeses were very small, especially for the price, and looked like they just used a panini press to make them. It was evident in the taste too, as the food felt compressed and too bready. The bacon was only sparse on the grilled cheese, which was a little disappointing.

Overall, it was fine — it’s not easy to make a bad grilled cheese — but much like most of the other HUB dining options it just felt aggressively average. Unless you’re really craving a grilled cheese, you might as well just go to Chick-fil-A instead. That’s where I went after.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author


Posts from the all-student staff of Onward State.

Follow on Another Platform
Other posts by Onward State

Onward Debates: Should Penn State Football Host Its White Out Against West Virginia?

Two of our staffers debated whether Penn State should host its annual White Out matchup during week one, or save the spectacle for a battle against a potentially fiercer opponent. 

Penn State Baseball Suffers Series Sweep By Rutgers

Seniors Give Advice To Incoming Freshmen

[Photo Story] Penn State Men’s Lacrosse’s Extraordinary NCAA Tournament Run

Our staffers took to the field to capture all of the action from Penn State’s three-game NCAA Tournament run.

[Photo Story] Penn State Men’s Lacrosse’s Extraordinary NCAA Tournament Run

Our staffers took to the field to capture all of the action from Penn State’s three-game NCAA Tournament run.

No. 7 Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Bested By No. 1 Duke 16-15 In Overtime, Eliminated From NCAA Tournament

The Nittany Lions fell in a heartbreaking overtime defeat despite a six-goal game from TJ Malone.

Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Rising To The Occasion Defensively In Midst Of NCAA Tournament Run

Losing one leader to injury before the semifinals is a big blow but Penn State’s versatility allowed more leaders to emerge, proving resilience is key to its postseason fight.