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The Six Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

A grilled cheese is often one of our very first sandwiches, one that carries on into adulthood as one of the best treats, lunches, or midnight snacks imaginable — a salty, buttery, gooey, crispy, creamy, comfort-food favorite.

The question to ask any self-respecting grilled cheese connoisseur: Does it have the right amount of ooze? Is the bread thick and toasty and baked to a golden brown? Does the butter leave your fingers greasy but not too greasy? Will this be worth the calories and cholesterol? I mean, you're an adult now, and a couple of slices of American cheese slapped between white bread just isn't going to cut it anymore.

You need more. Specifically, you need it on Tuesday, April 12 — also known as National Grilled Cheese Day. So here you go: A list of the best spots to grab a grilled cheese sandwich on this dairy-licious food holiday.

6. Big City Tavern
609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-727-0307, or visit bigcitylasolas.com.
Bacon makes everything better, right? Throw in a sunny-side-up egg and Big City Tavern's Bacon Marmalade Grilled Cheese is a dream come true. With melted Havarti cheese on fresh-baked sourdough bread and served with a side of waffle chips, this over-the-top version of the classic sandwich is a surefire hit on National Grilled Cheese Day (and every other day). Available for lunch only.


5. Grease Burger Beer & Whiskey Bar
213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-651-1075, or visit greasewpb.com.
Grease Burger Beer & Whiskey Bar might be best-known for its burgers, but the Triple Decker Grilled Cheese sandwich is worth raving about too. It packs a triple-cheese punch not just on National Grilled Cheese Day but every day of the year, thanks to a combination of Muenster, American, and queso blanco melted into an oozy-gooey mess on thick slices of buttered and toasted country white bread. Wash it down with one of Grease Burger's 100-plus beers on draft or in the bottle and you'll have plenty of reason to celebrate this holiday every day.

4. Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar & Pizzeria
1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-356-6699, or visit louiebossi.com.
Not all grilled cheese sandwiches are true-blue American. In Fort Lauderdale, Louie Bossi's Ristorante puts an Italian spin on the sandwich staple with its Quattro Fromaggi Panini. A melty mix of Provolone, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and fontina is pressed to perfection and topped with a runny fried egg. Fair warning: Extra napkins may be required. Just be sure to get there during the day — this dish is available for lunch only.


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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
Contact: Nicole Danna