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PHOTO: Chicago Restaurant Offers $100 Grilled Cheese for Grilled Cheese Month

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 (Deca Restaurant)

If there were ever a reason to spend a solid C-note on a grilled cheese sandwich, this might be it.

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Month, the Deca Restaurant and Bar located in Chicago's Ritz-Carlton Hotel is offering a sandwich they call the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese. Costing a mere $100 (sounds downright cheap after hearing the word "zillion," no?), Deca is billing their limited-edition sandwich as "one-of-a-kind experience" and "the ultimate culinary indulgence." 

According to its press page, the Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese features about a dozen more components than your average grilled cheese sandwich, including all sorts of pretentious yet tasty-sounding ingredients, including (but not limited to): artisan sourdough; Laudemio Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi extra virgin olive oil; Iberico ham sourced from free-range pigs fattened on acorns in the south of Spain; 24k gold flakes; 100-year-old balsamic vinegar; a sunny side up duck egg; and foie gras.

And, oh yeah, there's some cheese in there, too (40-year-old Wisconsin cheddar, to be exact).

Perhaps to further justify the $100 price tag, Deca serves this extravagant sandwich with an accompanying skillet of lobster macaroni and cheese (because you just knew they had to shoehorn lobster in there somewhere), even though it seems somewhat counter-intuitive to pair a cheese sandwich with more cheesy pasta. But hey, you've gotta admit the two of them take great a great selfie together:

General manager John Gurgone told TIME.com that about a dozen patrons have already ordered Deca's Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese, although it's unknown how many of those customers took a bite, looked across the table at their dining companion, and muttered a half-hearted "Meh" before returning to their plates.

If you're looking to try one of these cheese sandwiches for yourself, visit the Deca Restaurant and Bar on the 12th floor of Chicago's Ritz-Carlton before the end of April.