Traditionally, a grilled cheese consists of sliced bread, cheese, and butter, all toasted to gooey perfection in a pan or on a flattop. But these days, the sandwich has taken on more variations than ever imagined - from a grilled cheese stuffed with buttermilk fried chicken to sandwiches topped with mac and cheese, barbecued pork, and caramelized onions to a grilled cheese sandwiched between a glazed doughnut.
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The widespread national food truck trend has had a notable impact on the grilled cheese world; there are a surprising number of mobile and brick-and-mortar operations dedicated solely to this cheesy creation. In fact, half of the sandwiches on this list come from stores and trucks serving only grilled cheeses.
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Crabby Melt - Grilled Cheese & Co., Catonsville, Md.
Melted Monterey Jack cheese is combined with homemade warm crab dip loaded with sweet crabmeat to create this grilled cheese sandwich.
Mac & Chorizo Melt - Roxy's Grilled Cheese, Boston
Macaroni and cheese and crumbled Portuguese chorizo stuffed inside a grilled cheese sandwich.
Grilled Cheese Doughnut - Tom + Chee, Cincinnati
Choose from a vast selection of cheeses, including Brie, smoked Gouda, and pepper jack, then sit back and anticipate what the first bite of your glazed doughnut grilled cheese will taste like.
So Good - Shopsin's, New York City
Melted cheese, poached eggs, and ham sandwiched between two slices of French toast.
Short Rib Grilled Cheese - Saltbox, San Diego, Calif.
Creamy manchego cheese is melted with short ribs and New Orleans-style sauce to create this grilled cheese sandwich.
Inside-Out Grilled Cheese - Edzo's Burger Shop, Evanston, Ill.
On the inside, this appears to be a traditional grilled cheese sandwich filled with gooey American and Swiss cheeses, but on the outside, the bread is coated with shredded Parmesan and grilled to crispy, golden perfection.
The Cadillac Grilled Cheese - Firefly, Washington, D.C.
The Cadillac Grilled Cheese includes a luxurious combination of Gruyére, Cheddar, béchamel, garlic-herb butter, and white bread.
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-Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal
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