Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. This delicious sandwich is so popular that holidays are dedicated to it! Across the country, shops compete for coveted titles to be named the best grilled cheese. These days this simple sandwich goes beyond two pieces of bread and sliced cheeses. Grilled cheese sandwiches are oozing with creativity and include countless combinations of cheeses, vegetables, and meats and can be embraced by your favorite kind of sliced bread. Almost every restaurant offers a grilled cheese sandwich on their menu. Recently, local shops are emerging, as well as chains, that are all dedicated to delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. Whether eaten hot or cold it’s a satisfying meal partnered with pickles, soup or even a beer.
Heywood: A Grilled Cheese Shop
3337 1/2 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Heywood is located in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood of LA. This grilled cheese shop was recently invited to compete at the Grilled Cheese invitational and they came in fourth place. Their cheeses are imported from around the world and boy…the aroma alone is delightful. Enjoy the Italian Bleu Jeans, which is sliced mozzarella, creamy bleu cheese, fresh walnut pesto and sundried tomatoes on sourdough. The Heywood is a crowd favorite, bursting with two-year-aged English cheddar, caramelized onion confit that rests on sourdough bread. The sandwiches are of a generous size and include a delicious tomato bisque dipper and a side salad. Patrons also have the option to order a half sandwich. Vegans will appreciate that there are cheeses that they can also enjoy. The tomato bisque soup is the perfect accompaniment and has red pepper, which gives it a chunky texture. There is only one Heywood in town and it is staffed by super-friendly people.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Melt has two Los Angeles locations. This “cheesy” chain will make sure that you will never have to go hungry for your favorite grilled cheese melt. Customers can place their orders online and pick them up at their favorite Melt location. The Melt offers breakfast options as well as a children’s melt. “The Kid,” which is sharp cheddar on artisan white bread with a side of fresh sliced apples, is the perfect size for the kiddos. If you like heat to your grilled cheese, then The Mission Melt is for you. This signature sandwich is filled with Pepper Jack cheese and Jalapeño cheese on sourdough. You’ll definitely need to wash this baby down with water! Customers have a choice of four soups and can finish off their meal with a sweet dessert. Take advantage of the Melt perks program. Purchase nine melts and the 10th is free.
105 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tucked away on a downtown Los Angeles street is the Semi Sweet Bakery. Who knew that a bakery could produce one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town? Semi Sweet has a limited food menu that includes the Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup combo. The sandwich takes a while to create but it’s definitely worth the time and effort. Oozing Fontina and cheddar cheeses on a rustic ciabatta sandwich make for a heavenly hot grilled cheese. The sandwich is fresh, buttery and leaves you wanting more. Top off your experience here with a baked cake donut or ding a long.
Mix n’ Munch
1005 Mission Street, Unit A
South Pasadena, CA 91030
A cereal and grilled cheese shop? Mix n’ Munch was created by two sisters who are passionate about grilled cheese and cereal. This “Cereal Bar and Grilled Cheese Cafe” offers 25 cereals and numerous grilled cheese options. The Mix n’ Munch Breakfast Sammy is an amazing anytime sandwich. Bite into cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg and Tater Tots on Shepherds Bread and your palette will not be disappointed. Mix ‘n Munch is definitely a standout for its affordable prizes and interesting menu combinations, plus you can eat your favorite vintage cereals here. Mix n’ Munch is a relaxed location filled with families and you’ll always find someone lounging on their couch under the flat screen TV. Your sweet tooth will thank you after trying one of their signature grilled dessert sandwiches. Your choices include Nutella and strawberry, PB-chocolate, Fluffernutter or the Elvis. Mix n’ Munch is conveniently located off the Gold Line at South Pasadena Station.
Grilled Cheese Truck
If you prefer to eat your grilled cheese on the go, then catch up with mobile food truck giants, the Grilled Cheese Truck. This popular truck has their schedule online so fans can easily locate their routes. Foodies can order from their Plain and Simple menu or can get adventurous with combinations such as the Buffalo Chicken Melt. The Cheesy Mac and Rib is a popular choice. Add BBQ and caramelized onions to this sandwich for that extra punch! Do not be fooled by the small size. The sandwiches are packed with fillings that will make your tummy happy. Don’t forget to include a side of Tater Tots. The lines are typically long but move along at a nice pace. Love your Grilled Cheese Truck? You can actually start your own (check site for more details).
The grilled cheese sandwich is one of Tee’s all time favorite foods. She craves this nostalgic sandwich but no one will ever make a better one than her mom! Visit her at www.thatsitmommy.com where she blogs about the IT things to do, see and play.