While it is not the healthiest food in the world, grilled cheese can be a warm comfort food that is bound to make you feel better. Like most foods, all grilled cheeses are not created equal. Some truly are better than others. Therefore, below are my rankings of the best grilled cheeses in the Chicago area.
Top 3 Grilled Cheeses Around Chicago
3 Arts Club Café (Gold Coast)
Ah, this grilled cheese is amazing! It is perfectly toasted & grilled on housemate sourdough bread. The environment of 3 Arts Club Café is stellar—the architecture is stunning, and everything is extremely aesthetically pleasing. Read more about 3 Arts in my second post of Brunch Places Around Chicago.
Cheesie’s (several locations)
This place is innovative and fun. My favorite is the mac & cheese grilled cheese: macaroni and cheese served in between 2 pieces of grilled bread. Crazy, right?! More like delicious. I also love their tomato & mozzarella one, in addition to their classic cheddar.
LYFE Kitchen (several locations)
I absolutely love LYFE Kitchen and all their food, especially their grilled cheese. Served on multi-grain bread, their grilled cheese is a classic you must try. This sandwich has tasty add-ins, such as arugula and tomato.
One other good place is Fuel (Wilmette). Their grilled cheese is on sourdough with a variety of cheeses and optional veggies. They serve both breakfast and lunch! Read more about it in my post, Best Brunch Places Around Chicago.
Another idea is to make your own grilled cheese at home! The first step is to pick your bread: varieties such as sourdough, rye, and whole wheat are awesome. For your cheese, I prefer using multiple types to enhance flavor. Do not be limited to cheddar! Almost any cheese works in a sandwich. Adding veggies—arugula, tomato, avocado, onion, etc.—is a great way to bump up nutrition & flavor. Lastly, I love adding spices to mine. Good ideas are paprika or dried basil leaves.
Coconut oil works great for making a grilled cheese. Be sure to have it melt fully & evenly on the pan before laying your bread. A good tip is to cover your sandwich with a glass lid to ensure the cheese melts without burning your bread.
As always, enjoy.
“Let loose once in a while. Stay up too late, drink until your drop, order the fattiest, most delicious item on the menu. You cannot live your whole life restricting yourself only to what is good and healthy for your body. Sometimes, you got to do what is good and healthy for the soul.”
– Beau Taplin