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A dollar-by-dollar breakdown of Chicago's first $100 grilled cheese

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Sean Cooley

Oh, this? It's just Deca’s new limited-edition Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese. No, no, it doesn't cost a zillion dollars, silly, it costs... $100?!?!? True story, the now-priciest grilled cheese in Chicago (and maybe the Midwest?) features everything from 24-karat gold flakes to 100yr-aged balsamic vinegar.

And because you're totally curious, we got Deca to put together this dollar-by-dollar breakdown of the sandwich:

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The sandwich starts with two slices of sourdough bread topped with aged Wisconsin cheddar in a pan of Laudemio Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi olive oil that's $39 per bottle.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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An heirloom tomato is sliced up and covered with 100yr-aged balsamic vinegar that’s $443 per 50ml. So basically, a little bowl of super-old vinegar = XBOX One.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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Straight from Southern Spain, the black Iberico ham is made from free-roaming, acorn-fed pigs (you thought Kobe cattle had it easy). The meat’s been air-dried for six weeks, cured for a year, and sliced thin onto the grilled cheese.

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You had to have known that foie gras was going to be on the guest list for this party, especially when it's a $32-per-pound duck liver from Hudson Valley.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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A duck egg is prepared sunny-side-up, giving you duck two ways.

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In the past, you had to rely on a steady diet of Goldschläger to get your daily gold intake, but now you can get it on your grilled cheese in the form of edible, 24-karat gold flakes.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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A pound of lobster is added (because, why not?) to a four-cheese sauce for the accompanying side skillet of mac and cheese.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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The sandwich is assembled and sprinkled with shavings of Oregon Perigord white truffles that are $50 per-ounce, and also incorporated into the aioli.

expensive grilled cheese chicago
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And there you have it: Warren Buffett's brown bag lunch. The Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese is available through the rest of April.

Sean Cooley is Thrillist's Chicago Editor, and judges his self-worth based on how many expired yogurts are in the fridge. Follow him @SeanCooley.