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We crowned the best grilled cheese in Chicago

We crowned the best grilled cheese in Chicago
Photograph: Jordan Avery

Hundreds of hungry Chicagoans joined us at Thalia Hall on Sunday for Time Out Chicago's second annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown, where nine contenders battled for the title of Best Grilled Cheese in Chicago. Participating restaurants included:

  • Cheesie's Pub & Grub
  • Dusek's
  • Gayle's Best Ever Grilled Cheese
  • Jerry's
  • Michael Jordan's Steak House
  • Same Day Cafe
  • South Water Kitchen
  • Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery
  • Wyler Road

Guests tried samples of each unique sandwich and washed them all down with Rekorderlig Cider and Tsingtao beer before voting for their favorite melty take. At the end of the day Jerry's came out on top with Gayle's and Dusek's hot on its heels in second and third place, respectively. Check out photos of all the artery-clogging fun below.




























 All photos by Jordan Avery.

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paul s

I have an idea! Why not make this contest an annual event, where the previous years champion has to defend his/her title against all comers? I personally have a couple of grilled cheese recipes that I would like to compare to the sandwiches the pros made. The contest could be open to anyone cheesy enough to display their skills.