Here's a Toast to Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

By Leslie Kelly  |  November 4, 2013

Grilled cheese sandwiches can make you feel like a kid again, the melted middle acting as a reminder of lunches Mom used to make. But there's a whole new generation of these toasty sandwiches that are pretty sophisticated, built on combinations of sharp and mellow cheeses. Here are a few grownup grilled cheese sandwiches served around Seattle. Please enjoy responsibly.

  • The fab bread is a big part of the wow factor for Dahlia Lounge's terrific grilled cheese, offered at lunch. Wendy's Potato Bread is rustic and flavorful, made by the Dahlia Bakery's stellar bread team. Plus, the plate comes with a cup of Tom's Tasty Tomato Soup, named for the restaurant's big cheese, Tom Douglas. (Who we grilled in a recent Star Q&A.)

    2001 Fourth Ave., 206-682-4142

  • Behold this beauty, hot off the grill at the SODO Kitchen, the corporate cafeteria at Starbucks HQ. This state-of-the-art kitchen is open to the public, serving a global menu that includes this gooey comfort food featuring four cheeses on sourdough. Now, if we could only get that amazing sandwich at every Starbucks...

     2401 Utah Ave. S., 206-318-0356

  • Pioneering cheese maker Beechers uses its distinctive Flagship on its toasty cheese, complementing its slightly nutty character with sliced tomatoes and basil, a playful take on a caprese. This sandwich is available at its flagship store in Pike Place Market, as well as on the C concourse of SeaTac airport and in its cafe in the Flatiron in NYC.

    1600 Pike Place, 206-956-1964