There is nothing quite as comforting as a warm, freshly made grilled cheese sandwich. While the grilled cheese sandwiches of your childhood, made with American cheese and wonder bread, are always delicious, there is something to be said about a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich as well. Here are the best locations for new-age grilled cheese sandwiches in D.C., made with a variety of unique ingredients but still reminiscent of a classic grilled cheese.
3417 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
From 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. daily, this modern American restaurant turns its bar into a grilled cheese bar, much to the delight of local residents. The grilled cheese bar has a menu of six grilled cheese sandwiches, all of which are popular amongst patrons. One of the best is the ‘shroom ‘shroom, a tangy and earthy grilled cheese made with mushrooms, goat cheese and multigrain bread. Warm and flavorful, this hearty sandwich comes with freshly made potato chips on the side. Try one for $8 today.
4056 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, VA 22206
This cheese bar offers cheese in all different forms, but its grilled cheese menu may be its best feature of all. Try the grown-up grilled cheese, a gooey concoction of sourdough bread and loads of cheddar cheese. Simple but satisfying, it is perfectly crisp on the outside with cheese that has been melted to just the right texture. Enjoy it with Cheesetique’s recommended wine pairing, which is a glass of Chardonnay. This grilled cheese is available for $11.
Grilled Cheese DC
1730 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
DC’s own grilled cheese bar is bound to have one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town. It features six grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as a make-your-own option, but the best is the French onion. Made with nutty gruyere cheese melted to perfection, soft challah bread and sweet caramelized onions, it is utterly satisfying. Offered for $9, this grilled cheese is not to be missed. Also, if you are in a rush, all of the grilled cheeses are available to go.
The Big Cheese Food Truck
The name of this truck says it all. A truck that is dedicated only to grilled cheese sandwiches is guaranteed to have some amazing grilled cheese options. The Mount Fuji is one the most flavorful options, with honey, apples and brie. Creamy and sweet, it is heavenly. The thrilled cheese, with chipotle cheddar and jalapenos, is great for an adventurous diner. A dollop of guacamole provides a cool and creamy touch. All of the grilled cheeses are $7.50, and the truck also offers soup, dessert and beverages.
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9712 Traville Gateway Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
What Quench does, it does well, and its grilled cheese #7 is a real treat. Made with not one but two different kinds of cheese, cheddar and herb goat cheese, it comes on a crusty Italian loaf and is served with sweet apple butter. It is only available at lunchtime, so remember that if you head over to try it. It is sold for $10.
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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.