If I was on my deathbed, and I had to pick my last meal, it might be a grilled cheese. That might sound a little dramatic, but it’s true. I freaking love grilled cheese sandwiches.
I mean, it’s right there in the name. Grilled. Cheese. Sandwich. Hot, melty cheese between buttery, fried bread?! You just really can’t go wrong with a combination like that. Considering how humble your standard grilled cheese sammie (only the cool kids call it a ‘sammie’) can be, with just three simple ingredients, there is a lot of variety and room for innovation. But sometimes a classic, something not-so-complicated, is just what I’m looking for.
Grilled cheese sandwiches, to me, represent a kind of innocence. They remind me of home, of my family, and of being a kid who was a seriously picky eater. You may also recall a story I once told about almost accidentally burning down my grandparents’ house with one of these bad boys. Yes, indeed, the grilled cheese was one of young chef Isadora’s earliest attempts at feeding myself.
For me, it’s mostly in these colder months when all I want is comfort food. Give me a grilled cheese and some tomato soup on a cold winter’s day and I’m a happy camper.
Below are a list of some of my favorites, ranging from the standard combinations to more decadent takes on the concept. Stay cheesy, friends!
1031 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
majesticdiner.com or (404) 875-0276
Grilled cheese with American cheese, served with a side of French fries, $7.49.
1051 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
stayrighteous.com or (404) 874-0939
Fatty Grilled Cheese – white cheddar, tomatoes, and sunflower sprouts on Texas toast, served with a cup of soup, $9
552 Flat Shoals Ave. SE
themidwaypub.com or (404) 584-0335
Grilled Cheese – swiss and cheddar cheese, tomatoes, basil, balsamic reduction on french sourdough, $7
465 N. Highland Ave. NE
folkartrestaurant.com or (404) 537-4493
Craft “5” Grilled Cheese – cheddar, provolone, gruyere, swiss, and creme brie, served with tomato soup, $9.50