Nothing beats a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich. The handheld meal of golden, crisp bread paired with gooey cheese is a crowdpleaser that both kids and adults want to gobble up. We’ve found where to go to sink your teeth into the best grilled cheese around the city. You won’t believe some of the twists on this classic sandwich that restaurants are dishing out! Read on for our top picks. Our mouths are watering already…

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Grater Grilled Cheese
This local chain began as a popular food truck before opening a brick and mortar location in Mission Valley. They’ve since expanded to La Jolla and Del Mar. After all, why should North County be deprived of the top-selling lobster grilled cheese? Another favorite is the BAT with bacon, avocado and tomato. Non-sandwich options include truffle fries, salads and mac ‘n’ cheese. They also serve local craft beers and wine.

Grater Grilled Cheese
5618 Mission Center Rd., #1002
San Diego, Ca 92108

723 Pearl Street
La Jolla, Ca 92037

3545 Del Mar Heights Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92130



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Brothers Provisions
This artisan market and deli located in Rancho Bernardo has a little bit of everything: they cater, they have a small market and they serve hot dinners like roasted salmon. But lunchtime sandwiches are the most popular, including the DGC or “daily grilled cheese.” You can dine on a smoked gouda sandwich while your kids enjoy the aged white cheddar.

Brothers Provisions
16451 Bernardo Center Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92127


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Cheesy Express
You can order from the menu or make your own unique grilled cheese creation at this casual Mission Beach spot. Go for the Mom’s Classic—simple cheddar and American on French bread, or opt for the most popular—BBQ and Mac Melt, which includes BBQ pulled pork and mac ‘n’ cheese between two slices of bread. They also have plenty of dippable soup options including tomato basil and broccoli cheddar.

3219 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92109


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Extraordinary Desserts
The Little Italy location of this beloved dessert spot has more than just sweets! They also boast a full menu of salads, paninis and grilled cheese. While they offer simple versions for kids, adults can indulge in versions with black truffle gouda or bacon jam. Tomato soup is also available and of course you’ll want to save room for dessert.

1430 Union Street
San Diego, Ca 92101

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This beloved food truck is famous for its grilled cheese. But not just any kind of grilled cheese—this one has butter-poached lobster in it. If seafood’s not your thing, other melty options include pork belly, short rib, or duck confit. They also serve cheeseburgers, cheesesteak and truffled parmesan fries.



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Supernatural Sea to Sandwich
This Mira Mesa sandwich spot specializes in seafood that is local, fresh and sustainable. Get the Aphrodite—shrimp and bacon grilled cheese, or the Minotaur—a Korean steak grilled cheese topped with kimchi. Go for the usual side of fries or change it up with fried rice and togarashi shrimp chips.

7094 Miramar Rd., #122
San Diego, Ca 92121

Photo: Moto Deli

Moto Deli
Get your motor runnin’ by heading to Moto Deli for a grilled cheese sandwich that’s a triple threat with a trio of cheese: provolone, aged white cheddar and munster, paired with tomato and oregano and grilled to a golden finish on sourdough bread. Kids can also order off the “Groms” menu for ages 12 and under, from a selection including quesadillas and gourmet turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches. After their bellies are full, your little munchkins will be ready for a super cool photo op standing beside the sweet collection of motorcycles on site.

810 N. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, Ca 92024

Did we miss your go-to spot for amazing grilled cheese? Let us know in the comments.

––Michelle Franklin