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Boston's Best for Grilled Cheese

One of your childhood favorites finally gets the upscale reboot it deserves. Presenting some of the best new-school grilled cheeses in Boston and Cambridge.

  • Island Creek Oyster Bar
    • Oyster Bar
    • Fenway/Kenmore
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $52

    The Grown-Up Grilled Cheese is filled with crisp Granny Smith apples and dijon aioli, and is served with zesty sriracha fries.

  • Saus Boston
    • Belgian
    • Downtown
    Food
    23
    Decor
    15
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $12

    This fries-centric joint also makes gourmet interpretations of sandwiches. The addition of wild mushroom confit and blue cheese vinaigrette will stick to your ribs on their own, but classing up your sandwich with truffled mushrooms for only $1 is an offer too tempting to refuse.

  • Aquitaine Boston
    • French
    • South End
    Food
    23
    Decor
    21
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $43

    The French version of grilled cheese is decadent enough, but the Croque Magret takes it to an unprecedented new level with the addition of duck confit.

  • THE BEEHIVE
    • American
    • South End
    Food
    22
    Decor
    25
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $35

    If you can’t take a trip to the farm any time soon, at least you can savor the flavors with this bohemian eatery’s version of grilled cheese. While it may set you back $17, the money is well spent with additions like farmhouse cheddar, fontina, and short rib.

  • The Friendly Toast
    • American
    • Cambridge
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $20

    It takes a lot of confidence to name your grilled cheese "The D.G.G.C." (Damned-Good Grilled Cheese), but this eclectic eatery does just that. The pairing of cheddar & American cheeses accompanies an olive-garlic spread on top of cayenne-cheddar bread, and a spicy strawberry-habanero sauce is served on the side.

  • Stephanie's On Newbury
    • American
    • Back Bay
    Food
    21
    Decor
    20
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $41

    Stephanie’s doesn’t lie when they boast about serving “sophisticated comfort food”. The natural creaminess of goat cheese and avocado pairs perfectly with melted cheddar on toasted brioche.

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