Grilled Cheese is considered by many to be one of the greatest culinary inventions ever created. Now, Delish has ensured that fans of the esteemed sandwich can try the best of the best by determining the best grilled cheese sandwiches in each and every state.
Food historians believe that the modern version of the grilled cheese was first created in the 1920s, after sliced bread and American cheese were mass-produced, according to The Food Timeline. During the Great Depression, an open-faced grilled cheese, known as the cheese dream, grew in popularity, per Rocky Mountain News. In World War II, U.S. government cookbooks readily mentioned how to broil “American cheese filling sandwiches” for the troops, also via The Food Timeline.
In the number of grilled cheese sandwiches featured here, some are the classic combination of bread and cheese, while others are more creative takes on the classic.
Some have savory fillings, like duck confit or the popular pulled pork option. At The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co. in South Carolina, the famous sandwich can even be made with lobster tails or crabcakes.
Other grilled cheeses featured sweet additions, like The Eagle OTR in Cincinnati. The sandwich is made with apricot preserves and Granny Smith apples. The sandwich at Café Muse in Michigan uses a hint of honey, which caused it to be named by Reader’s Digest as “one of the perfect grilled cheese sandwiches in America.”
Some restaurants featured grilled cheeses that played on different themes. For example, Oklahoma’s features a Thanksgiving twist, with turkey, stuffing, and cranberries infused in the cheesy goodness. Meanwhile, Food For Thought in Virginia had a menu of grilled cheese sandwiches that were inspired by different regions in the United States. For those desiring to experiment, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewer in Colorado optioned for a customized sandwich that has additions chosen by the diner.
So, for those in need of some of cheesy goodness, here is the list.
Paramount Bar, Birmingham
Spenard Roadhouse, Anchorage
Perfect Pear Bistro, Tempe
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese, Fayetteville
Lost Coast Cafe, Ferndale
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewer, Boulder
The Whey Station, Middletown
Barmini by Jose Andres, D.C.
Home Grown Cafe, Newark
Mr. & Mrs. Bun, Miami
Folk Art, Atlanta
Pink’s Creamery, Hanalei
Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, Coeur d’Alene
3 Arts Club Cafe, Chicago
Zombie Burger + Shake Lab, Des Moines
The Wheel Barrel, Topeka
Momma’s Mustard Pickles & BBQ, Louisville
Backspace Bar & Kitchen, New Orleans
Maps Bar, Portland
Full On Craft Eats & Drinks, Rockville
Café Muse, Royal Oak
Butcher & The Boar, Minneapolis
Depot Coffee House and Bistro, Hattiesburg
The Fountain On Locus, St. Louis
Celtic Cowboy, Great Falls
Kitchen Table, Omaha
Great Full Gardens, Reno
Black Mtn Burger Company, Lincoln
American Melts, Kenilworth
The Grove Cafe & Market, Albuquerque
The Blue Light Speak Cheesy, Brooklyn
Roaming Fork, Charlotte
The Eagle OTR, Cincinnati
The Mule, Oklahoma City
Savor Soup House, Portland
Meltkraft at Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
Scratch Kitchen & Catering, Newport
The Grilled Cheese & Crab Cake Co., Murrells Inlet
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Murphy’s Pub & Grill, Rapid City
Barrel House BBQ, Lynchburg
Barrio Barista, San Antonio
Cravings Bistro, Pleasant Grove
Lost Nation Brewing, Morrisville
Food For Thought, Williamsburg
Cheese Wizards Food Truck, Seattle
The Dish Cafe, Daniels
Comet Cafe, Milwaukee
Cafe Genevieve, Jackson