It’s such a simple dish. Cheese and bread are the ingredients, but when made with an expert touch, it is the ultimate comfort food. The crispy buttered bread gives off a scent when in the pan or panini grill and the sight of the ooey, gooey cheese melted makes anyone’s mouth water. Different variations can be added with caramelized onions or bacon bits and complementary side dishes such as tomato soup can complete the experience. The dish can be prepared by child and adult alike which also makes for many “Kodak” bonding moments with family and friends. These five restaurants offer South Florida residents a chance to get out of the house and enjoy specially made grilled cheeses.

New York Grilled Cheese
2207 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
(954) 564-6887

One of the grilled cheeses served by New York Grilled Cheese is the SoHo Sweet cheese using brie cheese, caramelized onions, crunchy bacon and berry marmalade on toasted oatmeal wheat bread. Think of the textures in your mouth when eating this sandwich – crunchy (toasted bread), then smooth (brie cheese) and then the varying tastes of salty (bacon) mixed with sweet (marmalade, caramelized onions). This is only one menu selection of the delectable six from which to choose.

Angelina’s Coffee and Juice
3451 N.E. 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 424-9129

A sandwich for the Hispanic community in South Florida is the #3 on Angelina’s menu – grilled provolone cheese with chorizo, arugula and sumac on country bread. The smoky taste of the provolone mixed with the salty chorizo satisfies taste buds and convinces one that they could eat this sandwich always and be satisfied. Another to ponder over before heading to Angelina’s is the #6 – cheddar and hickory bacon on country bread with a parmesan crust. Order one or two plus a few more to take home for a midnight snack.

Ms. Cheezious Food Truck
Miami, FL
(305) 989-4019

Ms. Cheezious Food Truck spans all of South Florida offering great grilled cheese sandwich selections. The mobile kitchen allows for professionals on their lunch break or students to grab a quick bite and soak in the South Florida sunshine before heading indoors again. There are eight cheese offerings for the sandwiches (blue, havarti, gruyere, American, cheddar, brie, provolone) and numerous selections to eat each type of cheese. The grilled blue and bacon (crispy bacon with creamy blue cheese, green onion, sourdough bread) and the grilled harvest (spiced apples and havarti on multi-grain bread) are two standouts.

Poolside Cafe at Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
1 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 465-2300

A unique take on a grilled cheese sandwich can be found at the Poolside Cafe in the beautiful Ritz Carlton hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The sandwich is changed to a quesadilla (the Mexican equivalent of a grilled cheese sandwich) and has caramelized onions, roasted peppers and chihuahua cheese (buttery, pale yellow). Chicken or steak can be added but the dish should be eaten with cheese alone and washed down with a juice or one of the sweet treats (cocktails) offered on the menu.

Killer Melts
12310 SW 127 Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
(786) 592-2358

If you melt it, they will come. Killer melts specializes in handcrafted grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh never frozen burgers. If you want to experience buttery, crisp, gooey and comforting food that uses locally sourced and fresh ingredients, Killer Melts is the place to visit.

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