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SF's Best for Unique Grilled Cheese

Looking for a fun, gourmet variation on the classic grilled cheese? From mac 'n' cheese to quince jam, these San Francisco spots are serving up inventive toppings between two slices of bread.

  • Blue Barn Gourmet
    • Californian
    • Marina District
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $17

    This Californian serves up a whole menu of artisanal grilled cheeses, like one with Manchego cheese, sopressata, and mission fig jam on sliced country levain bread, or pepper jack, goat cheese, Niman bacon, and pepperoncinis on sliced pain de mie.

  • Mission Cheese
    • American
    • The Mission
    Food
    21
    Decor
    18
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $23

    Check out fun spins like the Chedd or Alive (cheddar and apple 'n' ale chutney) or the Three Lilies (Landaff, roasted leeks, spring onions, and housemade onion jam) at this Mission fromagerie.

    • Sandwich Shop
    • The Mission
    Food
    20
    Decor
    15
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $16

    This joint has a whole menu of inventive grilled cheeses like the Adam's reuben with jarlsberg, NY pastrami, mustard, brussels "kraut", pickles, housemade Russian dressing, and garlic butter on local rye. 

  • The Melt
    • Sandwich Shop
    • SoMa
    Food
    18
    Decor
    15
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $11

    Crazy combos like the mac daddy (cheddar, macaroni, bacon on white bread) are standard at this cheese-centric spot. 

    • Sandwich Shop
    • Embarcadero
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    I

    Cowgirl Creamery's sandwich counter in the Ferry Building offers a few gourmet grilled cheese varieties, like the Cheese Toasties (open-faced with cheddar, caramelized onions, and maple mustard), or the flatbread cheese melt (Kirkham’s Lancashire, Wagon Wheel, and apple chutney).

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