National Grilled Cheese Day

Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese at Barrel Republic

Cheese lovers rejoice! On April 12th, it’s National Grilled Cheese Day and what’s better than cheddar? Cheese that’s grilled between two slices of savory bread of course. Whether you prefer your grilled cheese traditional or with a twist, give these restaurant’s a try for a plate of cheesy goodness.

Contemporary meets coastal at PB hotspot Tavern. The lively kitchen and tap is renowned for their craft cocktails and vibrant nightlife, but their true talent lies in their Californian cuisine with German influences. The fusion of flavors can be found in their trademark take on their Tavern Grilled Cheese. The delectable dish comes served on brioche toast with aged cheddar, American cheese, and roasted tomato jam. If you’re especially hungry, add braised short ribs or carnitas for a protein packed grilled sandwich.

Welcoming and quaint, Fig Tree Café is accessible to almost every San Diego resident with three locations in PB, Liberty Station and Hillcrest. The Californian bistro supplies it’s patrons with fresh and appetizing entrees that are prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Their Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup combination is of no exception either. American cheddar cheese piled high between two thick slices of bread served with a warm bowl of tomato soup. To make your sandwich even cheesier add mozzarella and jack cheese to the mix. You can’t go wrong with the classic pairing on those rainy San Diego days.

A whole restaurant and food truck dedicated to grilled cheese sandwiches? Yes! The Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla, Mission Valley and the cheese mobile on wheels are delivering some of the most ooey-gooey sammies in the city. It will be very difficult trying to make up your mind and trying to pick just one sandwich. The house specialty is the Lobster Grilled Cheese made with Grater’s five cheese blend with butter fried lobster, crab, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Beer chipotle aioli on crispy sourdough bread. Under the sea and cheese meet in this delicious grilled sandwich.

Barrel Republic in Oceanside and Carlsbad has a food menu that is just as good as their rotating taps. A menu filled with shares and starters, snacks and apps, greens and flatbreads, burgers and more! The stand out dish on the menu is Barrel Republic’s Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese. Toasted sourdough with tomato smear, mozzarella and kale pesto. Of course, this pairs phenomenally with any brew.

Living up to their namesake as “The Restaurant That Never Sleeps”, Brian’s 24 offers good old home cooked 24/7. Ideally located in the Gaslamp Quarter for all your late night munchies, the traditional diner wouldn’t be complete without their signature Triple-Decker Grilled Cheese. The fully loaded sourdough sandwich comes with copious slices of American cheese and you can even add four strips of thick-sliced honey cured bacon. The hearty entrée is accompanied with all-you-can-eat French fries so make sure to bring your appetite!

Located in the heart of North Park, True North Tavern supplies a casual and inviting dining space for everyone to enjoy. The neighborhood kitchen and tap specializes in Americana style eats, including the conventional Grilled Cheese. The cheddar and mozzarella sandwich is served on toasted egg bread and is accompanied by a juicy dill pickle and hot tater tots. With several upgrades to choose from like carne asada, bacon, chicken, avocado or tomato you can deck out your cheesy sandwich to your heart’s desire. 

Savory, gooey and always delicious, grilled cheese is an irresistible classic. So mark your calendars for April 12th and try any one of these delectable sandwiches for National Grilled Cheese Day.