Best Places For Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In OC

July 3, 2016 5:00 AM

(credit: Tee Burgess)

(credit: Tee Burgess)

A grilled cheese sandwich is something that a lot of people ate regularly when growing up. It is a simple sandwich, but that doesn’t mean it has to be bland and boring. From a sandwich served with two kinds of cheese, bacon and onions to a simple sandwich grilled to perfection, try these places for the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Orange County.

nates grilled cheese Best Places For Grilled Cheese Sandwiches In OC

Grilled Cheese from Nate's Korner (credit: Gary Schwind)

Nate’s Korner
3960 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 545-5772

Some places give you a couple slices or cheese on your grilled cheese sandwich. But when you order a grilled cheese at Nate’s Korner, it is thick with slices of Swiss, provolone and cheddar cheeses on your choice of bread (try the sourdough). The result is amazing, particularly considering you’ve probably been eating grilled cheeses since you had teeth to chew them. Try this sandwich with grilled onions and green peppers for an extra dollar.

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Grilled Cheese from The Rooster Cafe (credit: Gary Schwind)

The Rooster Cafe
750 St. Clair St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 754-1944

The Rooster Cafe is a cozy little place not far from The Lab and The Camp. It would be pretty easy to drive past this place and not realize it. The grilled cheese here is pretty straightforward. It comes with cheddar and Swiss cheeses on sourdough bread. However, this sandwich shows how wonderful simplicity can be. The sandwich is grilled to a perfect golden brown, making the bread crisp and the cheese wonderfully gooey. For a little extra, you can make this sandwich even better by adding bacon.

Related: Best Cheesy Dishes In Orange County

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(credit: The Deck on Laguna)

The Deck on Laguna
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-6700

You probably don’t think of grilled cheese as a gourmet meal, but at The Deck on Laguna, it is just that. This sandwich is made with Vermont cheddar, Danish fontina cheese, Nueske bacon, and carmelized onions on rustic French bread. It definitely beats the American slices and white bread that many grew up with. The grilled cheese here is enhanced even further by the tomato soup served with it.

(Credit: Elisabetta B./yelp)

(Credit: Elisabetta B./yelp)

Sessions Sandwiches
2823 Newport Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 220-9001

As easily one of Orange County’s coolest restaurant spots, this sandwich oriented locale is popular for its wide range of delicious sandwiches. With a Southern twist to its grilled cheese sandwiches, the “Triple Cheese” grilled cheese sandwich is the one you want to order here. With smoked provolone, jalapeno jack, humboldt Swiss cheese, white cheddar, vine-ripineed tomato and avocado, it’s a must order. You won’t be disappointed.

(credit: Aaron E./yelp)

(credit: Aaron E./yelp)

Shuck Oyster Bar
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(949) 420-0478

An oyster bar with one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the city? Yes, it’s true. Although it’s a surprise to find their classic grilled cheese sandwich with cheese and butter among other delicious options like lobster rolls, oyster po’boys and other seafood, you’d be a fool to not try it!

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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