Grilled cheddar at Little Skips (941 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-484-0980), $4
This simple sandwich is worth the inevitable crowd you’ll encounter at one of Bushwick’s most frequented coffee shops.
If you’re part of the Bushwick freelance culture, you likely already know about Little Skips, the trendiest coffeehouse in the land, if the land is north of the Myrtle/Broadway J stop but south of the Jefferson L station. What that means is your trip to this place will likely entail a long line and then a wait for a seat that’ll have you giving the stinkeye to anyone who looks even remotely close to unplugging their Apple and hitting the road. If you’re willing to brave it — or you want your food and espresso to go — the grilled cheddar is a helluva good version of a childhood classic, and it’s worthy as a cheap midday meal. The recipe here isn’t rocket science: Sharp slabs of white cheddar are griddled on hearty whole wheat toast until they’re gooey. You can add, say, turkey or pesto for just a bit more; we recommend the apples, which give the sandwich crisp texture and a sweet foil. Pair it to a $4 cup of the soup of the day, and you’ll still come in under budget.
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