Date published: January 1, 2011
Journal code: GSUN
At these restaurants, the comfort food classic is fancier than your mom used to make, but still hits the spot on a chilly day.
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
Why we love it Lines snake around the block for the new South Beach restaurant (pictured), which uses kalamata olive tapenade and lavender-basil pesto to spice up its sammies.
What to order You can't go wrong with the basic Mousetrap ($8.50) - Monterey jack, sharp cheddar, creamy havarti, bacon, and pickles on sourdough.
Why we love it The Thursday grilled cheese night here is legendary: Look for sandwiches built around seasonal favorites like figs or braised lamb.
What to order The Classic Grilled Cheese ($16) with cave-aged gruyere, marinated onions, and mustard.
Grilled Cheese Grill
Why we love it What started as one food truck now includes a double-decker bus and a menu that runs the grilled cheese gamut, from straight-up cheddar with the crusts cut off to cinnamonand-brie.
What to order The no-holds-barred Cheesus ($8) - a hamburger patty wedged between two grilled cheeses.
Wally's Cheese Box
Why we love it The sandwich options are limitless when you're surrounded by 200 -^ kinds of cheese - and 5 they take requests.
What to order The Classic ($7) blends aged gruyere and emmenthal cheeses on homemade brioche for an earthy, stretchy delight. Also try the standout truffle version.