Sometimes you go downtown to catch a train. Other times, you go downtown in search of sandwich greatness. This is where my quest has brought me….. to downtown Hattiesburg, right across the street from the train station at a classy little sidewalk cafe called Depot Coffee House and Bistro, or as the locals simply call it, “The Depot.” It’s quite the laid back environment; easy going and casual, with your choice of indoor seating with a window’s view of the town, an upstairs loft, or a street-side patio. Wherever you decide to sit, roll up your sleeves, because grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup is on the menu.
Now, like most places I walk into, I never really know what to expect. So when I realized that their specialty was grilled cheese, I just about lost my mind with excitement. Grilled cheese sandwiches always takes me back to my childhood. It’s simple to do, only takes a couple of ingredients, but always delivers with satisfaction. Of course, they offer a variety of different options, each bearing their own signature style. The most popular choice? The lump crab grilled cheese. Now, there’s a combination I never could have imagined. Seems like a bit of a random pairing of two seemingly unrelated items. But it works! And while the grilled cheese itself takes me back to being a kid again, the crab meat keeps me reminded that adulthood is the here and now. It’s actually kind of brilliant; the mixing of the familiar with unfamiliar. It’s like knowing the child you use to be, but greeting him as the man he has grown to become. Perhaps a coincidental meeting of random circumstances, but no doubt, a true “crusty crab” of a sandwich if there ever was one.