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).
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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
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
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.
Clementine is a quaint cafe and bakery counter serve in Westwood with all of the expected cafe and bakery things, plus a build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich option that makes the inevitable wait in line, the crowded quarters, and hard-to-find parking all well worth your efforts. The grilled cheese is piled high with your choice of cheese (there’s a vegan-friendly version made with cashew cheese for the dairy-averse) and toppings, and pressed on the grill. There’s really no telling why this grilled cheese reigns supreme, so you’ll either have to take my word for it, but you should really just try it for yourself.
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.
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.
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".