The City of Angels' 5 most incredible melty sandwiches

The Champ grilled cheese at The Foundry, LA
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The City of Angels' 5 most incredible melty sandwiches
The City of Angels' 5 most incredible melty sandwiches

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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. For more hot date-ails, click here
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 (Mid Wilshire)

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 (Century City)

This bakery and cafe on Ensley in Westwood serves up fresh pastries, sandwiches, and more. Don't miss their dope grilled cheese sandwiches piled high with sharp cheddar (there's also a vegan friendly version with cashew cheese). This quaint, organic friendly spot also offers to-go and heat at home meals.

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3. Swingers 8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the diner Swingers is famous for opening its doors to some of Hollywood's most familiar movie stars. The old-fashioned spot offers classic diner eats, a sweet patio, and varied brunch options for celebrities and civilians alike, making it both an iconic neighborhood landmark, and delicious all-day spot.

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

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 (Mid Wilshire)

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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