Tastiest Toasted Cheese - 2001
Look to the French to "kick it up a notch." The croque monsieur at PASTIS is a thing of beauty, starting with an orotund slice from a Balthazar loaf layered with good ham, Gruyère, and clouds of béchamel, then slung under the broiler till the open face is bubbly brown. Fold it over and try to eat itI usually end up using a fork. Add a fried egg to the mix and call it a croque madame.