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Chicago Restaurant Debuts $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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The humble grilled cheese sandwich is the latest dish to get the novelty sandwich makeover thanks to Deca Restaurant + Bar located inside the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. For the month of April, the restaurant is serving up a "Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese," which contrary to the name, has a price tag of $100. Unlike other stunt foods that have turned to combining seemingly disparate foods like deep fried twinkies with a pork belly burger, the sandwich features layers of pricey ingredients.

According to the press release below, the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese "is not your childhood classic" and features black Iberico ham "sourced from pigs" that "roam free in the pasture eating acorns" in the "south of Spain," "artisan" country sourdough bread, 40-year aged Wisconsin cheddar "infused with 24k gold flakes," white truffle aioli, 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegar, heirloom tomatoes, foie gras, and comes topped with a sunny side up duck egg. Just incase that wasn't indulgent enough, the sandwich is also served with "a skillet of lobster mac."

Eric Ciechna, a host at the restaurant tells DNAinfo, "Looking at how ridiculously extravagant some of these items are, $100 might actually be a steal on this thing." See the press release:

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month in 2014 all April long with the ultimate sandwich - the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese for USD 100.00 at deca Restaurant + Bar, located at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel.

The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese is not your childhood classic. deca Restaurant + Bar has created a one-of-a-kind experience. The sandwich is enveloped in artisan country sourdough bread, and cooked until golden brown in Laudemio Marchesi de' Frescobaldi EVOO. Layered between the bread is thinly sliced black Iberico ham, sourced from pigs living primarily in the south of Spain, allowed to roam free in the pasture eating acorns until they are of proper size. They are then salted and air-dried for six weeks followed by a minimum curing process of 12 months.

The ham slices are smothered in melting 40-year aged Wisconsin cheddar infused with 24K gold flakes, taking the grilled cheese to the next level of decadence. Following are the Ellis Family Farms heirloom tomatoes, lightly drizzled with 100-year-old aged balsamic vinegar, and Oregon perigord white truffle aioli. The sandwich is finished with Hudson Valley foie sras and a sunny side up duck egg, accompanied by a skillet of lobster mac. It's time to treat yourself with this Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese - the ultimate culinary indulgence.

deca RESTAURANT + BAR is located on the 12th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel. For reservations, book online or call 312 573 5160. To stay connected, follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @decaChicago.

· $100 Gold-Plated Grilled Cheese Offered at Ritz-Carlton's Deca Restaurant [DNAinfo]
· All Novelty Sandwiches Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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