Is there any combo more perfect than a grilled cheese with tomato soup? If there is, we don't want to see a picture of Gael Garcia Bernal naked and making out with a sandwich. Wait, what? Anyway, Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop in Oakland's Temescal district is mainly a place to pick up specialty cheeses, but it also offers a small menu of artisan treats. The stand-out is a classic grilled cheese sandwich, made on lightly buttered Acme bread, and panini'ed to perfection. It's the kind of sandwich that causes immediate flashbacks to afterschool snack time in your mom's kitchen. Or, makes you wish you had afterschool snack time in your mom's kitchen, even if your childhood was more "mom forgetting you at the playground and then taking you to McDonald's drive-thru to apologize."
No bigs, this grilled cheese and tomato soup combo is likely better than anything your real or imaginary mom ever made or didn't make. Plus, Sacred Wheel's tomato soup is made with Pabst Blue Ribbon so it's deliciously slightly boozy. Being an adult rules.
And on Sundays, you can get a vegan version of the grilled cheese that will blow your mind one more time. Plus, there's a variety of other snacks and fixings, including empanadas, fancy condiments, and locally made caramels. Our favorite thing we purchased was the Thai basil-walnut pesto from Oakland-based Besto Pesto. That stuff is out of control; procure and devour buckets of it immediately.
Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop 4935 Shattuck (at 49th St.), Oakland, 510-653-1353. Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.