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Let’s Do Lunch: Lani’s Grilled Cheese Shop

Grilled Cheese with a Twist in East Stroudsburg

Since December 2020, Jelani Douglas has been busy creating grilled cheese masterpieces at Lani’s Grilled Cheese Shop in East Stroudsburg. Don’t go in expecting to find your typical, traditional grilled cheese though. The Grilled Cheese Shop’s staff collaborates and experiments with ingredients, leading to unique sandwich creations. During our visit, Lani kept saying, “I’m just the cook,” but he and his staff are truly artists in the medium of grilled cheese.

From vegan options to special desserts, there is a little something for everyone. Lani attributes the shop’s success to a growing excitement about comfort food with a twist, and the hype is totally understandable. With an incredibly original menu and fresh atmosphere, customers are in for a one-of-a-kind experience.

When we stopped in for lunch, we basically got a grilled cheese buffet. With so many delicious-sounding options, can you blame us? We ended up doing a taste test of “The Bella,” “The Redneck,” “The Cubano,” “The Long Island” and “The Kyle.” Each sandwich is served on a different type of bread with specific cheeses and toppings that fit the name, or “theme,” of the sandwich.

One of our favorites was “The Redneck.” The base is sourdough bread with cheddar cheese, but the toppings include pulled pork, mac & cheese and a secret “kickin’” sauce. Another hit was “The Kyle,” the shop’s vegan grilled cheese and one of the most popular menu items. It consists of multigrain bread and vegan cheese topped with garlic spinach cream. From the extravagant to the simple, every sandwich at Lani’s is uniquely tasty.

While checking out the menu, the Build-Your-Own Mac & Cheese Bowl also caught our eye. From the list of extras and add-ins, we decided on the pulled pork. It made the perfect non-sandwich (yet still cheesy) alternative. And of course, we couldn’t leave without dessert. We ordered “The East Side,” a sweet sandwich spread with Fluff and Nutella and topped with bananas and strawberries. It’s almost impossible to describe exactly how good this treat is. You’ll just have to try it, and the rest of these incredible sandwiches, for yourselves.

Lani’s Grilled Cheese Shop is located at 366 North Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. You can dine in or order delivery through DoorDash or Uber Eats. Follow Lani’s Grilled Cheese Shop on Facebook and Instagram to view the menu and keep up with frequently updated specials.

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