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13 Top-Notch Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Around Boston

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Few things in life are more comforting than melted cheese and bread. Luckily, the Boston area has a solid selection of grilled cheese sandwiches to warm the soul through the cold winter months. Here’s a sampling of some of the best grilled cheese offerings in and around the city, loaded up with bacon, caramelized onions, short rib, avocado, and more.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Foundry on Elm

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255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-9999
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Davis Square’s Foundry on Elm serves the perfect combination of cheesiness and warmth. Its grilled cheese comes laden with smoked gouda and cheddar on griddled sourdough bread, topped with smoked honey, alongside a tomato basil soup, perfect for dipping the crispy sandwich.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup at foundry on elm
Grilled cheese and tomato soup at Foundry on Elm
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2. The Bacon Truck Cafe

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50 Terminal St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(201) 694-9060
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Yes, this place is named after bacon, and yes, its version of grilled cheese contains bacon. It also contains cheddar and Havarti cheeses and beefsteak tomatoes, all grilled to a crispy finish. Consider a side of tater tots.

Grilled cheese at the Bacon Truck Cafe, with a side of tots
Grilled cheese at the Bacon Truck Cafe, with a side of tots
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3. All Star Sandwich Bar

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1245 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3065
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All Star’s grilled cheese sandwich sports charred grill markings to go along with its gooey interior. The restaurant also serves a creamy tomato soup for those looking for a classic combo, but the grilled sandwich goes just as well with a side of mac and cheese. (Too much cheese? Never.)

All Star Sandwich Bar grilled cheese
All Star Sandwich Bar grilled cheese
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4. Central Bottle Wine & Provisions

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196 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 225-0040
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Weekday lunchtime sandwiches are available at this wine and cheese shop. There are meat and veggie options for the Italian panini, featuring some of the shop’s salumi and cheese selections, and in the winter the shop serves grilled cheese sandwiches as well. Stop by Monday through Friday from “noon to whenever” (a true Italian time frame) to sample a sandwich.

Grilled cheese at Central Bottle
Grilled cheese at Central Bottle
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5. Luke’s Lobster

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290 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108
(857) 317-4843
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Lobster’s in the name, so you can bet the seasonal grilled cheese at Luke’s embraces the namesake, pairing lobster with melty cheddar. In addition to the this downtown location, Luke’s is also in the Seaport District (53 Northern Ave.) and Back Bay (75 Exeter St.).

Lobster grilled cheese at Luke’s Lobster
Lobster grilled cheese at Luke’s Lobster
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6. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

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485 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 202-5864
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While the bulk of the menu at Roxy’s can satisfy a grilled cheese craving, the restaurant tips things over the edge with the mighty rib melt, made with fontina, barbecue braised short rib, and caramelized onions. If a more simple sandwich is the order of the day, try the classic (your choice of cheese) or the rookie melt, with Vermont cheddar and tomato. There are also vegan grilled cheeses available.

For added fun, visit the Roxy’s in Cambridge’s Central Square for a Buffalo tofu melt with muenster, Buffalo tofu, lettuce, tomato, and ranch, with a side of arcade games.

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Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese/Facebook

7. Committee

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50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-5051
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Combining two of the best foods on this earth, Committee’s spanakopita grilled cheese sandwich features spinach, feta, and kasseri cheese on slices of Kalamata olive bread. All of that is served alongside tomato soup; for a few extra bucks, add a side of seasonal greens or zucchini crisps. It’s available on the restaurant’s lunch and weekend brunch menus.

Spanakopita grilled cheese at Committee
Spanakopita grilled cheese at Committee
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8. Mike & Patty's

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12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3447
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Though not explicitly a grilled cheese sandwich, the “breakfast grilled crack” at Mike & Patty’s comes with American, Gruyere, and cheddar cheeses, along with two fried eggs and double the bacon. That’s all sandwiched between buttered Iggy’s sourdough. There’s also the veggie grilled cheese: American, cheddar, Gruyere, and Swiss, with curried maple squash, tomato jam, and avocado, served on sourdough.

The Breakfast Grilled Crack sandwich, mike & patty’s
The breakfast grilled crack sandwich
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9. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-8688
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The deluxe grilled cheese at this bookstore cafe comes with melted provolone with tomato, plus a choice of bacon or avocado, served on challah.

Grilled cheese at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Loaded grilled cheese at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
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10. Bennett's Sandwich Shop

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84 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215
(857) 239-9736
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In its simplest form, grilled cheese is true beauty. The version served at Bennett’s in Fenway — an import from Kennebunk, Maine — features toasted white bread and melty American cheese, and that’s all it needs.

Bennett’s Sandwich Shop, Fenway
Bennett’s Sandwich Shop, Fenway
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11. Coppersmith

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40 W 3rd St
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 658-3452
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The short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith is made with Vermont cheddar and caramelized onions, served on thick-cut sourdough bread. The sandwich is available at brunch, lunch, and dinner in its full form, and the lunch menu also offers a tomato soup with an optional mini grilled cheese add-on.

Short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith
Short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith
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12. Curds & Co.

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288 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 879-0565
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Swing by delightful Brookline cheese shop Curds & Co. for a wide variety of cheese and accoutrements — and a grilled cheese lunch, of course. The classic option starts at $5 and includes a local three-cheese blend, served on buttered pain de mie; optional add-ons include prosciutto, bacon marmalade, Serrano ham, and more. But there are rotating specials, too, such as the “smokey baloney” — mortadella, smoky onion mustard, and a three-cheese blend.

The “smokey baloney” at Curds & Co.
The “smokey baloney” at Curds & Co.
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13. Cutty's

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284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 505-1844
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And right by Curds & Co., there’s Cutty’s. The Cutty’s grilled cheese sandwich goes for $4.95 and is made simply, with Havarti on white or wheat bread. Occasionally, the restaurant offers fully-loaded grilled cheese specials it dubs “fork-n-knife” style, such as this pictured one, topped with local tomatoes, spicy mayo, and chives.

Cutty’s special fork-n-knife grilled cheese
Cutty’s special fork-n-knife grilled cheese
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1. Foundry on Elm

255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Grilled cheese and tomato soup at foundry on elm
Grilled cheese and tomato soup at Foundry on Elm
Foundry on Elm/Facebook

Davis Square’s Foundry on Elm serves the perfect combination of cheesiness and warmth. Its grilled cheese comes laden with smoked gouda and cheddar on griddled sourdough bread, topped with smoked honey, alongside a tomato basil soup, perfect for dipping the crispy sandwich.

255 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. The Bacon Truck Cafe

50 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Grilled cheese at the Bacon Truck Cafe, with a side of tots
Grilled cheese at the Bacon Truck Cafe, with a side of tots
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Yes, this place is named after bacon, and yes, its version of grilled cheese contains bacon. It also contains cheddar and Havarti cheeses and beefsteak tomatoes, all grilled to a crispy finish. Consider a side of tater tots.

50 Terminal St
Charlestown, MA 02129

3. All Star Sandwich Bar

1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
All Star Sandwich Bar grilled cheese
All Star Sandwich Bar grilled cheese
All Star Sandwich Bar/Facebook

All Star’s grilled cheese sandwich sports charred grill markings to go along with its gooey interior. The restaurant also serves a creamy tomato soup for those looking for a classic combo, but the grilled sandwich goes just as well with a side of mac and cheese. (Too much cheese? Never.)

1245 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Central Bottle Wine & Provisions

196 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Grilled cheese at Central Bottle
Grilled cheese at Central Bottle
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Weekday lunchtime sandwiches are available at this wine and cheese shop. There are meat and veggie options for the Italian panini, featuring some of the shop’s salumi and cheese selections, and in the winter the shop serves grilled cheese sandwiches as well. Stop by Monday through Friday from “noon to whenever” (a true Italian time frame) to sample a sandwich.

196 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Luke’s Lobster

290 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108
Lobster grilled cheese at Luke’s Lobster
Lobster grilled cheese at Luke’s Lobster
Luke’s Lobster/Official Site

Lobster’s in the name, so you can bet the seasonal grilled cheese at Luke’s embraces the namesake, pairing lobster with melty cheddar. In addition to the this downtown location, Luke’s is also in the Seaport District (53 Northern Ave.) and Back Bay (75 Exeter St.).

290 Washington St
Boston, MA 02108

6. Roxy's Grilled Cheese

485 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Closeup of a melty grilled cheese sandwich in someone’s hands
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese/Facebook

While the bulk of the menu at Roxy’s can satisfy a grilled cheese craving, the restaurant tips things over the edge with the mighty rib melt, made with fontina, barbecue braised short rib, and caramelized onions. If a more simple sandwich is the order of the day, try the classic (your choice of cheese) or the rookie melt, with Vermont cheddar and tomato. There are also vegan grilled cheeses available.

For added fun, visit the Roxy’s in Cambridge’s Central Square for a Buffalo tofu melt with muenster, Buffalo tofu, lettuce, tomato, and ranch, with a side of arcade games.

485 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

7. Committee

50 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Spanakopita grilled cheese at Committee
Spanakopita grilled cheese at Committee
Committee/Facebook

Combining two of the best foods on this earth, Committee’s spanakopita grilled cheese sandwich features spinach, feta, and kasseri cheese on slices of Kalamata olive bread. All of that is served alongside tomato soup; for a few extra bucks, add a side of seasonal greens or zucchini crisps. It’s available on the restaurant’s lunch and weekend brunch menus.

50 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

8. Mike & Patty's

12 Church St, Boston, MA 02116
The Breakfast Grilled Crack sandwich, mike & patty’s
The breakfast grilled crack sandwich
Mike & Patty’s/Facebook

Though not explicitly a grilled cheese sandwich, the “breakfast grilled crack” at Mike & Patty’s comes with American, Gruyere, and cheddar cheeses, along with two fried eggs and double the bacon. That’s all sandwiched between buttered Iggy’s sourdough. There’s also the veggie grilled cheese: American, cheddar, Gruyere, and Swiss, with curried maple squash, tomato jam, and avocado, served on sourdough.

12 Church St
Boston, MA 02116

9. Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
Grilled cheese at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Loaded grilled cheese at Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Trident Booksellers & Cafe/Facebook

The deluxe grilled cheese at this bookstore cafe comes with melted provolone with tomato, plus a choice of bacon or avocado, served on challah.

338 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

10. Bennett's Sandwich Shop

84 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215
Bennett’s Sandwich Shop, Fenway
Bennett’s Sandwich Shop, Fenway
Bennett’s Sandwich Shop/Facebook

In its simplest form, grilled cheese is true beauty. The version served at Bennett’s in Fenway — an import from Kennebunk, Maine — features toasted white bread and melty American cheese, and that’s all it needs.

84 Peterborough St
Boston, MA 02215

11. Coppersmith

40 W 3rd St, South Boston, MA 02127
Short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith
Short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith
Coppersmith/Facebook

The short rib grilled cheese at Coppersmith is made with Vermont cheddar and caramelized onions, served on thick-cut sourdough bread. The sandwich is available at brunch, lunch, and dinner in its full form, and the lunch menu also offers a tomato soup with an optional mini grilled cheese add-on.

40 W 3rd St
South Boston, MA 02127

12. Curds & Co.

288 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
The “smokey baloney” at Curds & Co.
The “smokey baloney” at Curds & Co.
Curds & Co./Facebook

Swing by delightful Brookline cheese shop Curds & Co. for a wide variety of cheese and accoutrements — and a grilled cheese lunch, of course. The classic option starts at $5 and includes a local three-cheese blend, served on buttered pain de mie; optional add-ons include prosciutto, bacon marmalade, Serrano ham, and more. But there are rotating specials, too, such as the “smokey baloney” — mortadella, smoky onion mustard, and a three-cheese blend.

288 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

13. Cutty's

284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445
Cutty’s special fork-n-knife grilled cheese
Cutty’s special fork-n-knife grilled cheese
Cutty’s/Instagram

And right by Curds & Co., there’s Cutty’s. The Cutty’s grilled cheese sandwich goes for $4.95 and is made simply, with Havarti on white or wheat bread. Occasionally, the restaurant offers fully-loaded grilled cheese specials it dubs “fork-n-knife” style, such as this pictured one, topped with local tomatoes, spicy mayo, and chives.

284 Washington St
Brookline, MA 02445

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