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.Read More
13 Top-Notch Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Around Boston
Gooey cheese and perfectly toasted bread are sure to satisfy
1. Foundry on Elm
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.
2. The Bacon Truck Cafe
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.
3. All Star Sandwich Bar
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.)
4. Central Bottle Wine & Provisions
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.
5. Luke’s Lobster
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.).
6. Roxy's Grilled Cheese
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.
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.
8. Mike & Patty's
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.
9. Trident Booksellers & Cafe
The deluxe grilled cheese at this bookstore cafe comes with melted provolone with tomato, plus a choice of bacon or avocado, served on challah.
10. Bennett's Sandwich Shop
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.
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.
12. Curds & Co.
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.
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.