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Best grilled cheese

BackBayGirl Jul 10, 2008 08:36 PM

Ok, I've got a new topic...which places serve the best grilled cheese sandwiches?? I was at Garden at the Cellar and had a wonderful meal of grilled cheese w/ tomato soup. Ah!! Comfort food heaven. It was delicious. It got me thinking, though it's a simple dish and can be made at home, where else can you go if the craving arises and you are away from home?

  1. gini Jul 14, 2008 07:29 AM

    I like Paramount's, the short rib & fontina at the Beehive as well as the tomato-cheese version at Cafe Kiraz.

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      Jesseve Jul 13, 2008 10:15 AM

      I'm a big fan of the grilled ham and swiss at the Black Sheep Cafe in the Kendall Hotel. It's a little overpriced - but they give you a strawberry jam dipping sauce and great homemade potato chips!

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      1. re: Jesseve
        RichardA Jul 13, 2008 01:59 PM

        I love the shortrib and fontina grilled cheese at the Beehive. Very tender beef.

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        Ruprecht Jul 11, 2008 06:57 PM

        This is decidedly non-traditional, but we had an amazingly good baked gouda appetizer at Sweet Basil in Needham a couple of weeks ago. It was wrapped in phyllo dough and served with salad greens, some berries, pistachios, and a truffle vinaigrette drizzle. Sounds like a lot going on, but it really works and some bites are very reminiscent of a great grilled cheese.

        1. SaraASR Jul 11, 2008 06:41 PM

          Strange, but the grilled cheese at the Hotel Colonnade's rooftop pool is awesome. I believe it's from Brasserie Jo.

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            bear Jul 11, 2008 05:50 PM

            More of a snack on the go than a sit-down meal, the Formaggio Kitchen grilled cheese, at least the on on Huron in Cambridge, is full of melty, crunchy goodness for something like
            $3. Great bread, and you can't beat whatever cheeses they decide to put inside.

            1. digga Jul 11, 2008 04:36 PM

              I like Bukowski's version. Further afield, the Red Fez in Providence is justly well-known for theirs.

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                Guinness02122 Jul 11, 2008 03:20 PM

                Butter two slices of Canadian white bread on both sides, add two slices of Velveeta between the slices and press it in a George Forman grill for 3 or 4 minutes. Outstanding!

                Or you can go to Potbellies in South Boston for a very good grilled cheese

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                  italyinmind Jul 11, 2008 07:14 AM

                  Possibly only on their fall/winter menu, but Bambara at the the Hotel Marlowe does a grilled cheese trio with tomato soup that is perfect on a winter day.

                  Bambara Restaurant
                  25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141

                  1. rlh Jul 11, 2008 06:04 AM

                    Upstairs on the Square has a creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese combo on the lunch menu that is always great.

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                      smtucker Jul 11, 2008 06:39 AM

                      second this opinion. It is often on the dinner menu as a starter as well.

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                        heathermb Jul 11, 2008 06:53 AM

                        Thirding the rec for Upstairs (actually the Monday Club Bar that is downstairs at Upstairs).

                        Also, Eastern Standard does a great grilled cheese - Grafton Cheddar on rye. No tomato soup with it though.

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                          pollystyrene Jul 11, 2008 10:21 PM

                          I second the one at Eastern Standard. It's the best I've ever had. Although it doesn't come with tomato soup, they always have a delicious soup on the menu, and the grilled cheese does come with those great ES fries.

                    2. ChickenBrocandZiti Jul 11, 2008 05:24 AM

                      I talk about The Delux enough here that I am sure people think I am a total shill, however their grilled cheese , which changes every six weeks or so, is consistently excellent.

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                      1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti
                        Dax Jul 12, 2008 01:46 PM

                        Agreed and sometimes they have tomato soup to go with them. Pure comfort food (along with a couple of beers).

                      2. Joanie Jul 11, 2008 05:05 AM

                        I've had good grilled cheese and bacon at the Paramount on Charles St. and Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. A few more too that I can't think of right now. My one grilled cheese at Eastern Standard was way too boring and basic.

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                          jack daniels Jul 11, 2008 01:04 AM

                          kelly's has really good grilled cheese. its on the kids menu but worth a try

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                            scorp508 Jul 10, 2008 08:40 PM

                            Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup...... that has to be one of my favorite comfort foods of all times!

                            What I don't understand is how any place feels comfortable selling a GC for $4.00+. It is two peices of bread and some cheese. There is not $4.00 of materials and overhead in that sucker, seriously! Make it a loss leader and sell them for $1.50!!!

                            This is probably blasphemy and I'll get firebombed, but I love the turkey supermelt at Friendly's. :)

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                              FastTalkingHighTrousers Jul 10, 2008 11:26 PM

                              Turkey Supermelt at Friendly's 4life! My fave as well.
                              For a great grilled cheese, go to Your House in Wherever You Live for an amazing version.

                              1. re: scorp508
                                Elyssa Jul 11, 2008 07:46 AM

                                I'm totally behind you with the supermelt at Friendly's. This just screams my childhood whenever I think about it. I'm now living in a city without a Friendly's but about a year ago I had one driving back from NYC with a Fribble and it was pure delight!

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