Some of the Best Grilled Cheeses You Can Get Your Hands on in OC
Crispy bread and melted cheese are some of life’s simple pleasures. Yes, we’re talking about grilled cheese sandwiches here. A favorite among children and adults alike, this comforting dish is one many of us turn to when we need something quick, easy, and, of course, delicious. Some of you may even have a go-to recipe that you swear is the best one out there, or maybe you’re still trying to figure that one out. But on those days when you just can’t be bothered to cook anything, let alone wash dishes, here are some of the best places in Orange County to get your grilled cheese fix.
Multiple Locations | www.boudinbakery.com
Boudin SF is a food lover’s haven when it comes to freshly-baked bread of all kinds and shapes. After all, an amazing grilled cheese sandwich starts with a great foundation. So when it comes to having a grilled cheese, why would you settle for anything less than the best? Hailing from San Francisco, the famed sourdough company has brought their dreamy creations down to the Southland and their grilled cheese selections are to die for. If you’re in the mood for something just a little bit sweet and a lot a bit savory, try their grilled Brie with apples and fig jam that is enveloped by a perfectly crispy Parmesan-crusted multigrain bread. Feeling something a bit more classic? Try “The Great with Bacon,” a heavenly combination of Havarti and sharp cheddar cheese melted with strips of applewood smoked bacon.
Multiple Locations | www.burntcrumbs.com
In any form, a grilled cheese sandwich is bound to be the perfect meal for those comfort food cravings. While the classic styles are classic for a reason, a change to the form is always welcome, and in comes Burnt Crumbs. The geniuses at Burnt Crumbs have given us what we never knew we always wanted. By combining two of our favorite comfort foods, they have created a masterpiece by the name of “Spaghetti Grilled Cheese.” Layers of pressed spaghetti enveloped by creamy mozzarella and squished between sourdough bread is the dream, and now we’re living it.
Shuck Oyster Bar
3313 Hyland Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | www.shuckoysterbar.com
If you’re thinking, “An oyster bar for grilled cheese, really?” then you’ve never heard of this place. So come out from underneath that rock you’ve been living under and hear us out because it’s delicious — really. This super popular dish features panini-pressed slices of crunchy sourdough with a blend of aged cheeses from parmesan to white cheddar. We encourage you to up the ante by adding some lobster or Crab Louie to your sammy. Oh, and the plate is big enough to share, but why would you want to?
Black Market Bakery
Multiple Locations | www.blackmarketbakery.com
In a place known for its freshly baked pastries and desserts, it can be hard to order away from your sweet tooth’s desire, but trust us, it’ll be worth it. Known as the “Cheesy Fun Guy,” the Black Market Bakery’s answer to the grilled cheese is an ooey-gooey dream. In this variety, melted cheddar cheese surrounds heaps of bacon, mushrooms, and shallots whilst nestled between two slices of seeded sourdough. It’s a meal so decadent and sinful, you could have sworn you bought it off the black market.
The Deck on Laguna Beach
627 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | www.deckonlaguna.com
As a childhood favorite, we often look at a grilled cheese merely as a meal of convenience and comfort. The Deck on Laguna Beach, however, takes it to a whole new level. If grilled cheese could ever be a formal dish, this would be it. With Vermont cheddar, Danish fontina, Nueske bacon and caramelized onions on rustic French bread, this grilled cheese is an international delight. Bonus: it’s served with some good ole’ tomato soup, so dip, eat, and smile.
Multiple Locations | www.tommybahama.com/restaurants
Dining at a Tommy Bahama restaurant always feels like a day on vacation, so make it an even better one by ordering the lobster grilled cheese. Sumptuous lobster and a decadent blend of three kinds of cheese make this the perfect meal to go with a night of sipping Mai Tais and Margaritas. Plus, this one comes with a side of Roma tomato bisque that you won’t be able to wait to dive into.
Multiple Locations | www.themelt.com
The Melt is a grilled cheese lover’s paradise with six different options ranging from classic to holy cow, I didn’t even know a grilled cheese could be this good! Looking for something that combines two of your childhood favorite cheesy treats? Then go for the Mac Daddy which, you guessed it, features mac ’n’ cheese. Oh, and it’s highly recommended that you try one of their milkshakes with your sandwich, they’re amazing.