I'm talking about what I call the "Great Grilled Cheese Conspiracy."
The aforementioned establishments have conspired to keep grilled cheese sandwiches out of the hands of adults, instead reserving them for kids 12 and under. I think these dastardly, discriminatory dining dictates are crap.
Look for grilled cheese on a menu, and if it's there at all, it's under a notice reading "Ages 12 And Under Only, Please." Well, since you said "please," I'll just say this... "Hell no!"
I'm obviously not talking about "fine" dining establishments here, but more reasonably priced fare. I'm not a fancy eater. Obviously.
Who decided grilled cheese was a meal not suitable for adults? As a kid I never touched the stuff; I only acquired the taste as an adult. I suspect the restriction is due to the fact it's cheap and they want to make more money off adults, personal tastes be damned.
Yeah, you can ask them to make an exception for you (my diet is somewhat limited), but if they're willing to do so they'll at least make you feel ridiculous first.
There are some notable exceptions to the discrimination policy, and they are to be commended. But they are rare. I seek to change that with the following declaration:
I demand the right to enjoy greasy, melted cheese on bread, whether it be pizza, a quesadilla or plain old grilled cheese, in any applicable dining establishment I wish, unfettered by any arbitrary ageist restrictions or attitudes. I just like the stuff, ok?
American restaurateurs, you have been put on notice. Don't make me fake a choking incident and have to sue your asses.