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Grilled cheese at The Oaks Gourmet Market
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The best grilled cheese sandwiches in Los Angeles

Grilled cheese with prosciutto? Tator tots? Brie? Here's where to find the best grilled cheese sandwiches in L.A.

By Danielle DiMeglio and Time Out editors

Like any good indulgent eat, the perfect grilled cheese sandwich oozes with carb-filled comfort; one mouth-watering bite brings our taste buds right back to mom’s kitchen. But more than the nostalgic taste of home, it’s like biting into America—right up there with pie, burgers and doughnuts. Luckily for us Angelenos, restaurants and food trucks alike are serving up the cheesiest of sammies on a whole new level. Satisfy your childhood cravings at any of these top L.A. grilled cheese spots for a little melted slice of heaven—just try not to salivate on your screens.  

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Dig into L.A.'s best grilled cheese sandwiches

Eric Greenspan delivery service in Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Alt/Grub


As a connoisseur of all things cheesy, chef Eric Greenspan knows a thing or two about a good grilled cheese sandwich—in fact, he wrote the book on it. And while his Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese restaurant is no longer standing, he did launch Alt/Grub, a delivery-only “food hall”—and you can snag a delicious grilled cheese from its bodega-inspired concept, 2 On A Roll. Snag a brick-pressed grilled cheese for only $6, then reach gooey-cheese nirvana: slices of cheddar or American cheese melt togetherinside a grilled parker-house roll, and of course it’s delivered right to your door. And if you want cheesy breakfast sandwiches, he’s even got you covered via Brekkie Burritos, another Alt/Grub restaurant.

Grilled cheese at The Apple Pan
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Apple Pan

Restaurants American Westside

The Apple Pan dishes out plenty of good ol’ fashioned comfort dishes, namely that craveable, famed Hickory Burger. But don’t let meat-eaters have all the fun—this beauty of a grilled cheese sandwich ($7) is made with swiss cheese or cheddar oozing between Brooklyn rye bread slathered with mayo and cooled down with lettuce.

Grilled cheese at City Tavern
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

City Tavern

Restaurants Contemporary American Downtown Financial District

Come cold wintry nights or brisk summer evenings, you’ll want to venture to City Tavern for a perfectly toasted grilled cheese ($14) that’ll melt away the cold and your hunger pangs. The Tavern’s version features pungent pimento cheese oozing out of warm, rustic bread—an ideal evening snack that should be rightfully paired with a pint of craft beer from the pub’s massive brew list. You deserve it.

Grilled cheese at Foodlab
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Restaurants Coffee shops West Hollywood

Let your health-food cravings lead you to Foodlab, a West Hollywood mom-and-pop joint, for an upscale twist on the classic bread-and-cheese combo. Known for its eco-friendly kitchen and farm fresh menu, it’s no surprise that this café’s off-menu grilled cheese ($9) is instead concocted in a healthier format (well, as nourishing as bread and cheese can be). Made on either wheat or five-grain toast, the crispy sliced bread hugs your choice of cheese—but we’re partial to their blend of melted Gruyere, Tallegio and Raclette. It’s a bite of fromage heaven.

Cheesy Mac & Rib at The Grilled Cheese Truck
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Grilled Cheese Truck

Restaurants Trucks

An entire food truck selling grilled cheese? Bless you, Los Angeles. The Grilled Cheese Truck makes daily stops around the city, slinging cheesy concoctions from its four-wheeled abode. You can get a plain grilled cheese sandwich (with cheddar, jack, Brie and other cheeses), but that’s just a starting point. The goat cheese melt ($8) features roasted red peppers, whipped goat cheese, red onions; avocado and spinach; while the Not So Classic ($7.50) involves tater tots, sharp cheddar, roast ham and spinach. But if you want something heart attack-inducing, go for the cheesy Mac & Rib ($9): mac and cheese, BBQ pork and caramelized onions between two buttery, grilled pieces of toast. Will you feel slightly queasy after eating it? Yeah, maybe. Worth it.

After School Special at Grub
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Restaurants Cafés Hollywood

Known for its down-to-earth homey vibe and its scrumptious California comfort food, the Grub gals Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo serve up a nod to America’s favorite after-school snack—appropriately called the After School Special ($13.99). Filled with cheddar and Swiss cheese on sourdough bread, the classic grilled sandwich gets an herbaceous twist from a dab of dill butter, to be paired with a dreamy cup of tomato soup—a go-to combo practically ordained by the cheese gods.

Grilled Cheese at Joan's on Third
Photograph: Courtesy Joan's on Third

Joan’s on Third

Restaurants Cafés Studio City

It’s hard to enter Joan’s on Third—both the original Third Street location and the newer Studio City outpost—and not want to order everything in sight. The pastry case holds airy muffins and dense brownies, the prepared-foods refrigerator holds brightly colored salads and homestyle meatloaf, and the cheese counter is a dream. And speaking of cheese, the grilled cheese at Joan’s is tops: Using traditional French sandwich bread, a mild cheddar cheese oozes onto the plate, and serves as the base for add-ons like tomato or bacon ($10.50–$13). Order with a side of Joan’s thick tomato soup for dunking—and don’t forget to stop by the pastry counter on the way out.

The Mac Daddy at The Melt
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Melt

Restaurants Sandwich shops Downtown Financial District

Possibly the holy grail of all hangover foods (and culprit of engorged waistlines), the Melt’s very own Mac Daddy ($6.79) packs crispy bacon, fried onions and creamy mac and cheese on golden sourdough toast. If that sounds a little much, there’s always the classic (made with sharp cheddar, muenster and fontina, for $5.99) and the Queso de Mayo ($6.79), made with layers of avocado, smoked bacon, pickled jalapeños and pepper jack cheese on French bread.

Grilled cheese at Nespresso Café
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman


Restaurants Coffee shops Beverly Hills

If there’s one ingredient as chichi as Beverly Hills, it’s truffles. So it’s no surprise that Beverly Drive’s coffee haven (with an equally high-quality café menu) pays homage to the cheesy delicacy with a posh twist—that is, one infused with truffle ($16). Dip your decadent, shamelessly satisfying grilled cheese into a side of perfectly creamy tomato soup. The meticulously clean, modern-boutique style café offers an added elegant setting for your upscale sandwich. Who says a grilled cheese can’t have glam?

Grilled cheese at The Oaks Gourmet Market
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The Oaks Gourmet Market

Shopping Liquor stores Franklin Village

Known for its lavish array of gourmet cheeses, wines and produce at the European-esque market and café, you’d expect the cheese aficionados to craft up a damn good grilled cheese. And that they do. You can make a sandwich from much of the selection, at around $14 (we love the combo of melty fontina with camembert on cranberry-walnut bread), and let’s just say that after one bite, the Oaks meets our high cheesy standards—and then some.

Nancy Silverton grilled cheese at Pizzeria Mozza Los Angeles
Photograph: Courtesy Pizzeria Mozza/Anne Fishbein

Pizzeria Mozza

Restaurants Pizza Hancock Park

Sure, Nancy Silverton’s pizza-perfect section of the Mozzaplex is all about pies, but we’re partial to the chef’s late-night grilled cheese. A throwback to her Campanile days, Silverton offers rich, filling, out-of-this-world–good grilled cheese sandwiches—crisped with butter, and most come laced with cave-aged gruyere. Note: They’re available all day long on Thursdays, but only from 10pm to midnight at the bar Sunday to Wednesday. But trust us, this is worth staying up late for.


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