Wilmington’s newest food truck CheeseSmith is re-imagining the classic grilled cheese

Only three weeks in the grilled cheese business, CheeseSmith can be spotted at a number of venues across Wilmington.

CheeseSmith is Wilmington's very own grilled cheese food truck offering a variety of unique sandwich options (Port City Daily/Courtesy CheeseSmith)
CheeseSmith is Wilmington’s very own grilled cheese food truck offering a variety of unique sandwich options. (Port City Daily/Courtesy CheeseSmith)

WILMINGTON — The grilled cheese sandwich is a simple concept: bread and cheese. But Molly and Brendan Curnyn, owners of one of Wilmington’s newest food trucks, CheeseSmith, are putting a unique spin on the classic comfort food.

CheeseSmith is still in its infancy, being only three weeks old, but so far, the reception to the food truck has been a positive one, the Curnyns said. On most nights CheeseSmith can be found at one of the several craft breweries and bottle shops around town.

But it’s not just sandwiches the couple is offering. CheeseSmith also has a variety of fresh sides, like watermelon with lime salt. In an attempt to fight off the stagnation that sometimes comes with a food truck, guests shouldn’t expect to see the same choices every week at CheeseSmith.


“It’s artisanal grilled cheese and fresh sides, depending on the season we like to change it up every week to keep things interesting … it keeps it refreshing, you’re going to these venues every other week so you want to keep it fresh,” Brendan Curnyn said.

“The Brendito” comes with aged cheddar, roasted jalapenos, a cilantro and green onion cream cheese, jalapeno chutney, and bacon. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy CheeseSmith)
“The Brendito” comes with aged cheddar, roasted jalapenos, a cilantro and green onion cream cheese, jalapeno chutney, and bacon. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy CheeseSmith)

Finding the right kind of bread was important for the Curnyns, and eventually, the couple said they found the perfect option right here in Wilmington.

“We had to find the best bread, and that was a challenge here because we had so many different kinds of country white bread, but the best bread we could find was from this little café called Carolina Girls’ Grillin’ over in Castle Hayne. This guy Shannon makes this fresh bread every morning and it’s like three-quarter-inch thick white bread,” Brendan said.

For the grilled cheese purists who might have difficulty in imagining a grilled cheese with anything more than bread and cheese, CheeseSmith does offer a more traditional sandwich.

Molly and Brendan Curnyn at Fermental in Ogden, one of the bottle shops where the CheeseSmith food truck makes regular appearancess. (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

“We have one that is like our basic, it’s called the O.G., it has tomato jam, that we make, and cheddar and American (cheeses). It is the basic one but its probably my favorite,” Molly Curnyn said.

For the more daring, CheeseSmith offers a variety of unique grilled cheese sandwiches including “The Brendito,” which comes with aged cheddar, roasted jalapenos, a cilantro and green onion cream cheese, jalapeno chutney, and bacon.

Want to keep track of the CheeseSmith truck? Social media is usually the best option, as the Curnyns typically post their schedule and update any last minute changes on Facebook. 


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