Grater Grilled Cheese
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Over-the-Top Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Across America

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Grater Grilled Cheese
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Bring the Cheese

A perfectly made classic grilled cheese can be a special treat, but when chefs up the ante with epic ingredients and cheese combinations, it becomes a true delicacy. All across the country, food trucks and restaurants offer next-level grilled cheese sandwiches that pile the ingredients high and stack mouthwatering mixes of oozing cheese to make for an unforgettable sandwich. We've rounded up just some of the most delicious over-the-top grilled cheese finds around, from the most gooey to the most unexpected. 

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Mighty Macaroni
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Mighty Macaroni

Melt Bar and Grill

Multiple Location in Ohio

Ohio's Melt Bar and Grill's Mighty Macaroni comes with creamy and gooey homemade mac and cheese that's battered and deep fried before it's layered with a cheddar cheese sauce and an extra slice of your choice of cheese melted on top. The eatery is also famous for its Melt Challenge, which features a grilled cheese with 13 different types of cheese in it.


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Crab Cake Grilled Cheese
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Crab Cake Grilled Cheese

Full on Craft and Drinks

Rockville, Maryland

Try the crab cake grilled cheese from Full on Craft and Drinks, which features a hearty portion of Maryland style crab cake and a combination of cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. It also includes tomatoes and sliced brioche bread smothered in remoulade sauce. 


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Mozzarella Carrozza
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Mozzarella Carrozza

B&A Pork Store

Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn butcher shop B&A Pork Store has been making fresh mozzarella, breads, sausages, and Italian delicacies since the 1970s, and it uses its homemade mozzarella to create a decadent fried grilled cheese. The Mozzarella Carrozza features thick slices of mozzarella that are fried and topped with marinara and basil for a crispy bite.

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Fried Lobster Tail Grilled Cheese
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Fried Lobster Tail Grilled Cheese

The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co.

Garden City Beach, South Carolina


Another location featuring a popular crab grilled cheese, The Grilled Cheese and Crab Cake Co. also has a fried lobster tail grilled cheese that includes a 4 to 5 oz. fried lobster tail that comes served in between thick Texas toast and American cheese. Oyster and shrimp lovers can also get them fried on top of their grilled cheese here.


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Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle Melt
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Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle Melt

Ms. Cheezious


Ms. Cheezious, a food truck that now has bricks-and-mortar locations, has gained popularity for their gourmet grilled cheese. Most of their grilled cheese selections break the mold, but when it comes to savory the Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle Melt reigns supreme. The grilled cheese includes fried chicken and cheddar on homemade buttermilk waffles served with house country gravy and maple syrup.

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Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Hammontree's Grilled Cheese

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hammontree's offers a dessert version with its Blueberry Grilled Cheese, which includes a mix of mascarpone cheese and cream cheese and blueberries that are grilled in between two slices of pound cake drizzled with honey. The grilled cheese ranks as the best grilled cheese in the state, according to Yelp, with reviewers raving about its light and crumbly exterior and creamy interior. Hammontree's offers 15 different grilled cheese sandwiches and a build your own option with 26 cheeses, 8 meats, and 7 sauces to choose from.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
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Grilled Cheese

Porky's Kauai

Hawaii and Utah

Porky's Kauai, known for its succulent pineapple infused pork, stuffs their tender pork into a grilled cheese diners love. The dish, offered at both Porky's locations in Waimea, Hawaii, and in Lehi, Utah, includes a combination of Havarti and Muenster cheese topped with double layers of their signature slow roasted kalua pork and toppings of grilled onions and fresh pineapple in between two slices of cheese bread. The grilled cheese comes with a side of their sweet or sweet and spicy sauce for dipping perfection.

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The Potsticker Meltz
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The Potsticker Meltz

Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The Potsticker Meltz, a 2013 National Grilled Cheese Invitational Winner for its inventiveness, includes provolone, pepper jack, pork, pepper, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, scallions, sesame, fried wontons, sriracha chili aioli, and a potsticker dipping sauce. Their secret menu has vegetarian showstoppers like the Halitosis — white cheddar, fontina, goat cheese, caramelized onions, buttermilk fried onions, pickled onions, green onions, and roasted garlic vinaigrette.

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Pizza Melt
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Pizza Melt

The Grilled Cheeserie

Nashville, Tennessee

Another food truck that now offers bricks-and-mortar locations, The Grilled Cheeserie's menu is filled with original selections. Pizza lovers can try the pizza melt, which combines provolone cheese, crispy pepperonis, fresh basil, and pepperoncinis between parmesan crusted rosemary garlic bread. Dip it in the side of roasted red pepper marinara for the ultimate bite.

The Smoked Salmon GC
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The Smoked Salmon

Twisted Grilled Cheese


Twisted Grilled Cheese is another food truck, which now has a restaurant in Houston, that is known for its inventive grilled cheeses. There's a wide range to choose from here, but, for a grilled cheese take on bagels and lox, go with The Smoked Salmon. The grilled cheese is made of brie and a goat cheese mousse topped with smoked salmon, capers, and red onions.

Burger Melt
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Burger Melt

Papi Queso

Charlotte, North Carolina

Papi Queso is all about recreating childhood favorites when it comes to grilled cheese. Their Burger Melt combines the best of a burger with grilled cheese, creating a special blend patty made from brisket, chuck, short-rib, and aged ribeye. A combination of Gruyere cheese and white cheddar press each of the 4-ounce patties together. They're topped with onions and served with a homemade Thousand Island sauce.


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American Melts Dessert GC
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Apple Pie Grilled Cheese

American Melts

Kenilworth, New Jersey

Sweet apple pie with sharp cheddar has been a popular combination for years, and this build your own grilled cheese bar brings them together in grilled cheese form with its Apple Pie Grilled Cheese. The dessert dish includes cheddar, caramelized apples, and cinnamon served inside of a glazed donut. Apart from the dessert sandwiches (we also have eyes for the S'more Please), you can also get glazed donuts as a bread option when building your own custom grilled cheese as well.

The Big O GC
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The Big O

The Grilled Cheese Bistro

Norfolk, Virginia

All the grilled cheese creations at this café are taken to the next level, from the Sunday Morning featuring brie with fried apples, eggs, and bacon, to the Don Quixote, combining olive tapenade with roasted peppers, mushrooms, parmesan, and fontina. The Big "O" pulls together an unexpected mix of mozzarella cheese with mascarpone, peanut butter, Nutella, bananas, and applewood bacon all inside of local Belgian chocolate bread French toast. 

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The Grilled Cheese Supreme
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The Grilled Cheese Supreme

Sun Singer Restaurant

Champaign, Illinois

Sun Singer offers a restaurant, deli, and retail shop in one, with selections of gourmet wines, beers, and both imported and local cheeses that go into hearty dishes like its Grilled Cheese Supreme. The grilled cheese includes Danish fontina cheese and white cheddar, Granny Smith apples and purple fig jam spread on grilled challah bread. Pair it with crispy truffle fries for a plate that diners can't get enough of.

The Cheese Frenchie
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The Cheese Frenchie

Don and Millie's Restaurant

Multiple Locations in Nebraska

The Cheese Frenchee arrived in Nebraska in the 1950s, according to Food and Wine.Today, select locations still feature the deep-fried grilled cheese with a crunchy exterior and gooey center. Don and Millie's restaurant, which has eight locations across Lincoln, Omaha, and Bellevue, is one of the places that still offers the treat, cutting a classic grilled cheese sandwich and deep frying each bit to perfection.

Triple Decked French Toast Grilled Cheese
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Triple Decked French Toast Grilled Cheese


New York

This small food stop inside of the Essex Street Market has been a neighborhood favorite for selections like fluffy pancakes, crispy waffles, decadent donuts and more. Enjoy the waffles when ordering the So Good, a triple decker French toast grilled cheese. Three slices of French toast come together in between thick layers of gooey cheese with poached eggs on top. Since they cut the center of the grilled cheese out to make room for the eggs, the piece gets transformed into a mini grilled cheese that comes on the side.

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Grater Grilled Cheese
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Chef's Special

Grater Grilled Cheese


All the grilled cheeses from Grater Grilled Cheese, which has locations across Mission Valley, Otay Ranch, Irvine, and Huntington Beach, have the Basic 5 as their base. The Basic 5 includes colby, Swiss, Monterey Jack, provolone, and sharp cheddar cheese on sourdough. The chef's special always offers inventive twists that range from birria grilled cheese with short ribs and consume dipping sauce to jalapeno cream cheese grilled cheese.

Fondue Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Fondue Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Washington, D.C.

Stable brings the delicacies of Switzerland to the United States, offering traditional dishes like fondue and raclette. Their Fondue Grilled Cheese, served for brunch, takes their signature fondue blend and slabs it into a sandwich made with their homemade bread for a delectably creamy match. The fondue here is made using a combination of three Swiss cheeses that cook in garlic and white wine to make for a tangy fondue.

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
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The Moscone

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Fort Myers, Florida

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen offers artisanal grilled cheeses, with detailed touches in their sandwiches that elevate their selections. Take the Moscone, for example, which comes with a lavender-basil pesto that holds together fresh mozzarella and fontina cheeses along with olive tapenade and seasoned tomatoes served on a garlic buttered multigrain. They also offer a range of additional items you can add on on your grilled cheese like caramelized onions, eggs, or cocoa-rubbed pulled pork.

The Cash GC
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The Cash

Perks and Corks

Westerly, Rhode Island

This live music venue and café offers coffees, inventive martinis, and grilled cheese selections named after famous musicians and filled with tasty ingredients. The Cash comes on Italian bread and is stuffed with a homemade bacon mac and cheese. A combination of cheddar cheese and Velveeta tie the sandwich together.

Fo'Cheezy Twisted Meltz

Hot Mess

Fo'Cheezy Twisted Meltz

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Beachgoers love this gourmet grilled cheese thanks to its stacked sandwiches. Celebrity chef Robert Hesse who has appeared on Food Network programs and worked as a private chef to celebrities for years pulls together epic combinations like the Hot Mess. The Hot Mess has crispy cheddar cheese curds, smoked Gouda, a cheddar fondue, braised short ribs, pickled red onions, tater tots, horseradish aioli and a poutine beef gravy.

The Duke GC
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The Duke

Gayle V's Best Ever Grilled Cheese


All the sandwiches here are made with cheese from Prairie Pure Cheese in Belvidere, Illinois, which dates back over 100 years. The Duke — named after Duke's Alehouse in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where Gayle V's gets a beer mustard you can use on the sandwich — comes with Swiss cheese and ham and your choice of toppings ranging from a rhubarb to cranberry mustard. In July, go for the blueberry mustard and fresh peach slices.

Taco Grilled Cheese
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Taco Grilled Cheese

Cheesy Street Grill

Natick, Massachusetts

Cheesy Street Grill started as a food truck and opened two locations in Massachusetts at the Natick Service Plaza and at the Westborough Service Plaza. The Taco Grilled Cheese is available only at their Natick location and comes with a cheddar cheese grilled cheese topped with taco seasoned ground beef, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, and jalapenos.

Southern Grilled Cheese
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Southern Grilled Cheese

Circa 1886

Charleston, South Carolina

This selection takes decadence to a new level. The upscale grilled cheese comes with ingredients like salty paddlefish caviar and a cured yolk powder, with a pimento cheese mousse used as the cheese here on a grilled brioche with ham. While most diners say its $39 price tag is a shock, they rave about its combination of flavors.

The Meltdown
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The Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese

The Meltdown

Barre, Vermont

This recently opened grilled cheese restaurant and tap room features a range of out-of-the-box grilled cheese options, each of which come with your own choice of two dips. The Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese has a mix of cream cheese, parmesan, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese with spinach, artichokes, lemon, and garlic on garlic bread. Dip choices range from blue cheese and buffalo sauce to Vermont's famous maple syrup.

Crispy Melty By Caseus
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The Classic

Crispy Melty By Caseus

New Haven, Connecticut

Formerly known as The Cheese Truck, this food truck's classic doesn't skimp on the cheese. Can't choose which oozing cheese you prefer? Go for the classic grilled cheese from this spot. Their signature cheese mix used for the grilled cheese combines six different cheeses to indulge in. They include provolone, swiss, Gruyere, Gouda, sharp cheddar, and Muenster cheese. Cornichon pickles and grain mustard come on the side.

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.
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Grilled Pimento Cheese

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.


Most of the grilled sandwiches at this Dallas restaurant are over-the-top, like a white cheddar grilled cheese with sloppy joe sauce, but the Grilled Pimento Cheese may be the most jam packed. The grilled cheese is a house-made pimento from mascarpone, brie, and cheddar mixed with mayo and roasted red pepper that comes topped with fried onion strings and smoked brisket you can add on for an additional $2.

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