Artisan grilled cheese in Austin’s hip South Congress neighborhood. 

Burro Cheese Kitchen
Croque Madame

Smell the bread, it’s fried and smothered between it are some of the finest cheese, meats and sauces your mouth has ever tasted. It’s Burro Cheese Kitchen, a gourmet artisan grilled cheese sandwich “trailer” operating out of a transformed shipping container. They’ve been bringing Austinites grilled cheesy goodness since 2013. And they’re known for being the best in town. 

If you haven’t been yet, you’re simply missing out. Located off of South Congress and caddy corner to the famous Jo’s Coffee “I love you so much” wall, you will have plenty to do when you stop by. 

The inspiration for Burro Cheese Kitchen was planted years ago by Beechers, a famous Seattle cheese shop which I LOVE! Owners Justin Burrow and Aaron Ross were living in Seattle when they had the idea to combine gourmet cheeses (from Beechers) with gourmet breads and sauces. Fast forward a few years and their dream came true, and lucky for us here in Austin we get to eat it whenever we want. 

Their ethos is “we love good cheese and we love good bread”, which sounds a lot like my ethos in life. But all jokes aside, these guys mean business. So much so that the name Burro comes from Balkan burro cheese, made from Serbian Donkey Milk. It is the finest cheese produced in the world and the most expensive, coming in at $750 a pound.

While the sandwiches don’t feature that particular liquid gold, they do make their grilled cheese sandwiches with top quality ingredients so it made sense that it was inspired by the luxe cheese product. 

They’ve got sandwiches made with smoked ham, gouda, and jalapeño cream cilantro on sourdough bread. You can build your own and choose from cheeses like Danish Havarti, Brie, and Manchego.

Or you can go with one of their tried and true creations like the Croque Madame with sourdough bread, smoked ham, gouda, pesto aioli, dulce de leche and topped with a fried egg. Dulce de leche WHAT! So tasty. 

One that we can’t wait to try next is the Waylon & Willie on Sourdough with aged cheddar, gouda, cartelized onions, pepperoncinis and spicy maple bacon sauce. Their sauces (in my opinion) are what helps tie these little fried sandwiches together, and good thing there’s a build your own option. You can literally build the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. 

Now I bet you’re hungry, aren’t ya? So run, don’t walk to Burro Cheese Kitchen, and tell them Dine With Shayda sent you!

Shayda Torabi