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The City of Angels' 5 most incredible melty sandwiches

Los Angeles

The rumors are true: National Grilled Cheese Month is coming to a close. But before you throw out those elastic pants, perhaps you want to consider checking out the five finest, gooiest sandwiches in all of Los Angeles

The Foundry's The Champ
7465 Melrose; Mid-Wilshire; 323.651.0915
It's called The Champ for a reason: chef Muhammad Ali Eric Greenspan's Taleggio-and-short-rib-stuffed MF won the Grilled Cheese Invitational in 2008, thanks to apricot-caper puree on raisin-walnut bread (pictured above).
More deets on the award-winning melt this way


Clementine's Hot Date
1751 Ensley Ave; Westwood; 310.552.1080
This cafe goes all out for Grilled Cheese Month with a full menu of just-in-April calorie bombs, the best of which's probably the Hot Date: Beemster goat gouda w/ Medjool dates and applewood-smoked bacon on wholegrain. Just make sure to buy it flowers before.
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Swingers Diner's Stuffed Grilled Cheese
8020 Beverly Blvd; Mid-Wilshire; 323.653.5858
The classic diner's got a not-just-classic-American Stuffed Grilled Cheese, which's loaded with a gooey Jack/cheddar mix, homemade guac, sliced tomatoes, and grilled onions.
Stuff yourself silly, right here


Heywood's Muy Caliente
3337 W Sunset Blvd; Silver Lake; 323.667.1522
For a restaurant that literally only serves grilled cheeses, there's no going wrong -- but you'd definitely be going MORE right with the Fontina/spicy Jack/cream cheese/tortillia strip-stuffed Muy Caliente, which is also muy delicioso.
View many, many more melts on their site

Doughboys' After School Special
8136 W 3rd St; Mid-Wilshire; 323.852.1020
Their After School Special has nothing to do with long-winded lessons about the perils of Boone's Farm, but everything to do with a half-sliced, drippy blend of Swiss, white cheddar, and Fontina on pain de mie, served with a chunky, dip-worthy, creamy tomato soup.
Read more about these sick sandos, right here

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1. The Foundry 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This date-ready resto on Melrose ups the ante by staffing a founding member of Fishbone as their entertainment director. While the menu's set, the music schedule's not -- but expect secret shows by big bands, meaning the only Real Big Fish'll be pan-seared and served with polenta.

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2. Clementine 1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

This bakery and cafe on Ensley serves up fresh pastries, sandwiches, and more. Don't miss their April-only Grilled Cheese Month menu, featuring the Hot Date: Beemster goat gouda w/ Medjool dates and applewood-smoked bacon on whole grain.

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3. Swingers 8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, iconic diner Swingers is famous for also opening its doors to some of Hollywood's most familiar movie stars.

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4. Heywood 3337 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

For a restaurant that literally only serves grilled cheeses, there's no going wrong -- but you'd definitely be going MORE right with the Fontina/spicy Jack/cream cheese/tortillia strip-stuffed Muy Caliente, which is also muy delicioso.

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5. Doughboys 8136 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This classic, monster-portion cafe features eats like, aptly, The Monster (open-faced grilled focaccia w/ Swiss, onions, mushrooms, roast beef, and horseradish sauce), red flannel hash (braised beef, potato, sweet potato, onion, and roasted beet topped w/ eggs), and the 3-cheese grilled cheese/tomato soup "After-School Special".

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