5 New Grilled Cheeses to Try in DC

By Rina Rapuano  |  February 26, 2015
Credit: Daniel Krieger

With the recent opening of New York City’s Melt Shop in downtown DC, we thought now is the perfect time to share a few new versions of what might very well be America’s favorite sandwich. A note to purists: if you’re expecting these to feature nothing but bread and cheese, look away. The grilled cheeses here have only two things in common — they are grilled, and they are cheesy. In our book, riffs on this comfort-food favorite are fair game.

Melt Shop
What: Fried Chicken Grilled Cheese (pictured above)
The Gooey Details: Fried chicken and pepper jack cheese jockey for top billing on this sourdough sandwich, which also has red cabbage slaw and “Melt sauce.”
Cost: $8.96
Good to Know: If you’re the kind of person who can handle fried chicken on a grilled cheese, you might as well go ahead and order a side of loaded tots and a milkshake. The latter come in such flavors as Nutella Fluff and Heath Bar Crunch.
1901 L St. NW; 202-794-8400

Eno Wine Bar
What: Smoky Blue Grilled Cheese (pictured below)
The Gooey Details: A blend of Rogue Creamery’s smoky blue and cheddar cheeses lend a flavor boost to this fairly basic grilled cheese.
Cost: $11 (add charcuterie for an additional $2)
Good to Know: This new grilled cheese, along with a few other menu items, makes its debut March 1. A good time to try it is from 5-7 PM Sunday through Thursday, when wines on tap go for $5 a pop.
2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-295-2826

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar
What: The Obsession (pictured below)
The Gooey Details: Valdeon Spanish blue cheese is layered with date purée, sharp cheddar and bacon on sourdough brought in from Lyon Bakery.
Cost: $14
Good to Know: It comes with a choice of salad or fries, and there's also an extra-decadent grilled cheese that's stuffed with macaroni and cheese on the menu. Pair the Obsession with a glass of white Bordeaux.
660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-758-3556

Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel
What: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (pictured below)
The Gooey Details: Port Salut cheese is melded with Fuji apples on sourdough bread from Lyon Bakery.
Cost: $13
Good to Know: It's offered on select days as part of the kitchen's "shabby chic" menu, which also features such dishes as lobster-truffle mac 'n' cheese, deviled eggs with candied pecans and maple bacon, and a kimchi dog with crispy leeks and shallots on a brioche bun.
1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-775-0800

Bistrot Royal
What: Croque Monsieur (pictured below)
The Gooey Details: This classic is made with shaved Virginia ham and Comté cheese on local bread from Panorama Bakery. It's all griddled and topped with mornay sauce before a stint under the broiler. 
Cost: $14
Good to Know: The traditional French sandwich comes with hand-cut pommes frites and salad, and is served at lunch. For brunch, it turns into a Croque Madame with the addition of an egg on top.
1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria; 703-519-9110