In France they’re called Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame if there’s a fried egg on top. In Puerto Rico it’s a jibarito and in Mexico a quesadilla. The English call them cheese toasties or simply toasties. Australians call them jaffles. But no matter where you live one thing is universal, cheese and toasted bread make a great combo and are absolutely delicious.
In the U.S. the grilled cheese sandwich became popular in the late 1920s when the invention of the bread slicer made distributing white bread easy and affordable and James L. Kraft made processed cheese a household name.
Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the United States and internationally. We scoured the internet for the cheesiest, most mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches available. Some are simple, and others are filled with delicious add-ons like savory onion jam or mac and cheese.
Here are five of our favorites in some of the trendiest restaurants and all of them sound absolutely delicious:
FRENCH ONION SOUP GRILLED CHEESE
Branny Boils Over adds homemade onion jam in her grilled cheese sandwiches. Some diners say that it tastes just like a French onion soup sandwich. How good does that sound?
GRILLED KIMCHI’N’CHEESE SHINWICH
If you’re still a Ramen noodle lover from your college days, the Ramen Rater calls this unique sandwich the “Shinwich,” in honor of the brand of instant ramen noodles he uses into the filling. When it comes to cheesy, crunchy, and salty, this is the real deal. Here’s the recipe on FOX News Magazine.
San Francisco: The Melt
The Melt is definitely the sandwich for cheese lovers. The Mac Daddy combines mac and cheese and grilled cheese together. Aged white cheddar is used in the mac and cheese sauce and spread on the bread too, making this double the comfort when it comes to comfort food. Where can you get this? This innovative sandwich is available at in both brick-and-mortar locations as well as the Melt Bus in the Bay area of San Francisco. The bus even makes stops in San Francisco, Corte Madera, San Ramon and Lafayette. In other words, if you can’t get to the cheese, the cheese will get to you!
If you’re in Austin you need to try the French version of the grilled cheese – the croque madame from the refurbished shipping container in South Congress. One favorite combines Gruyère, Serrano ham, pesto aioli and fried egg with sourdough bread. Other favorites include apricot fig sauce and lavender cheddar. The Burro Cheese Kitchen has started making signature sandwiches like the La Barbecue brisket grilled cheese and the CroBrio grilled cheese and delivering them to local restaurants.
The Morris Truck
So many delicious places to talk about in New York City, but the Morris Truck has been getting rave reviews by some of the country’s most demanding foodies. Their Ricotta Meatball Cheese Sandwich, Gouda with pork jowl, and pastrami with chimichurri have customers lining the street for more. And of course, they wouldn’t be a New York favorite without the traditional New York State Cheddar with New Hampshire Landaff cheese.