Best Grilled Cheese
Food trends might come and go, but the phenomenon of the grilled cheese sandwich is forever. And we found 37 restaurants that have taken mom’s Kraft-slices-on-Wonder-bread recipe to another level.
Oh, grilled cheese sandwich, how do we love you? Let us count the ways. We love the delicious bread, butter, and, of course, cheese that it's made of. Toasted, popped in the oven, seared on the stove, fried in a pan, grilled inside a panini press —no matter how the sandwich is made, we love its tasty goodness.
The grilled cheese sandwich reminds us of our younger years, when, as a summertime meal, a tasty grilled cheese gave us the energy to go back outside and play until the sun went down, and even late into the evening. During the wintertime, our moms served it to warm us up, alongside a hot bowl of soup. Any time of the year, the grilled cheese sandwich reminds us of the comfort we can get from a simple, classic, evergreen dish.
Grilled cheese can be made simply with classic white bread and American cheese, or dressed up with bacon, tomato, avocado, sourdough, and just about anything else a creative chef can dream up and execute. Served with a side of simple, crispy fries or a tomato bisque or chips or apple slices — or maybe something genuinely decadent like mac 'n' cheese or fresh as a spinach salad, this favorite of favorites is reliable and so wonderful.
It's no surprise, then, that with so many amazing restaurants in Tulsa, grilled cheese is a staple on many local menus, promising us a dish that is precisely as tasty and comforting and indulgent as we expect it to be. Here's a list of some of our favorite places that are playing cupid in our love affair with the beloved grilled cheese sandwich.
Bread and Butter Kitchen + Bakery
3837 E. 51st St. | Tulsa
Where else can you get a grilled cheese sandwich with four different, delicious kinds of cheese? This is the real Grown-Up Grilled Cheese. Take a bite of American, provolone, Swiss, and cheddar, along with three slices of housemade bread, buttered just right. Add either juicy bacon, avocado, or please your taste buds with perfectly fried green tomatoes. It’s a sandwich you’ll dream of at night and wake up wishing for the next morning.
2130 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
This place has wowed locals and out-of-towners alike. Greasy-good cheeseburgers, housemade root beer, and the tastiest chocolate pies bring people back, time after time. But from the same amazing grill comes a grilled cheese sandwich that rivals any out there in Green Country. Thick cheese, smashed between two even thicker pieces of buttery bread, tastes fantastic. The atmosphere you get at Brownies also takes an already excellent grilled cheese up a notch or three.
18 E. Reconciliation Way | Tulsa
If you haven’t been to the Tulsa Arts District in a while, then a trip to Caz’s is absolutely in order. The Great Cazbah lives up to the Chowhouse’s reputation of comfort food done right. It’s truly more than a sandwich. With cheddar, American, and Jack cheese, you’ll savor every bite. Add tomato and jalapeno bacon to the mix, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind sandwich. Throw in one of the house’s fantastic sides, like the glazed carrots or okra. You will not be disappointed.
Cherry Street Kitchen
1441 S. Quaker Ave. | Tulsa
The Bombastic is a grilled cheese wonder. Yes, it’s a panini, but you’ll thank us for including it in this issue. This sandwich, with its grilled provolone and cheddar, along with tomato, red onion, and special sauce, is among the tastiest grilled cheeses you’ll ever have. It’s the kind of meal you wish would never end. Enjoy it with the housemade chips, and you’ll wonder where Cherry Street Kitchen has been all your life.
212 N. Main St. | Tulsa
We only thought we knew what made a good grilled cheese before we tried the one at Chimera Cafe. The Monsieur Fromage is cheesy goodness and a whole lot more. Take a bite of sharp cheddar jack, perfectly combined with cheese curds from Oklahoma’s Lomah Dairy Farm, along with seasoned veganaise, and your taste buds will light up. If you’re not already salivating, add bacon or adzuki to the whole thing, and you’ll feel the same way we did.
402 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
Dilly Diner doesn’t do anything halfway. You get the best they have every time, and you’ll be looking forward to your next visit before you can even say, “check, please.” But this doesn’t come without special touches, a fantastic atmosphere, and spectacular service. Dilly’s grilled cheese is no-nonsense, to be sure, but its yummy brioche bun sets it apart from the rest. The light, sweet yeast bread is so tasty, you’ll almost forget to enjoy the three kinds of cheese and tomato slice in the middle.
Flo's Burger Diner
2604 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
19322 E. Admiral Place | Catoosa
Anyone who’s ever visited this burger joint knows that the burgers and chicken sandwiches from Flo’s are a delight. But the Bomb Grilled Cheese at either Flo’s location is also a bomb-dot-com of flavor in the mouth. So much cheese. So much butter. And so much squishy, tasty bread. It’s everything you expect a grilled cheese sandwich to be. There’s simply nothing that comes off that grill that isn’t a complete knockout.
108 N. 1st St. | Jenks
For one of the best visits to England that Green Country has to offer, George’s Pub in Jenks is a good bet. Amazing beer, fantastic food, and a Brit-style atmosphere make this pub a favorite to many. You’ll be tempted to order George’s signature Guinness battered fish and chips, but ask for a grilled cheese. They’ll surprise you with one of the best you’ll ever eat. Enjoy it with a haystack of fries, a nice, cold pint and a good match on the telly. You’ll be in for the time of your life.
1330 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
832 E. 61st St. | Tulsa
We’re pretty sure you can get anything you like at Jason’s Deli. If it has to do with meat and bread, it’s possible and, more importantly, it’s deliciously dependable. From soups to salads, muffalettas, or paninis, it’s all so tasty at Jason’s Deli. And their grilled cheese comes any way you like it. Whether you want extra cheese or a special combination of all their scrumptious flavors, it’s going to be good. Have your grilled cheese with any of their soups or salads, and you’ll have yourself a meal.
324 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa
This pimento grilled cheese sandwich with focaccia bread from Juniper is special. Added roasted red bell pepper, sweet corn, and arugula make it such a flavorful sandwich. Enjoy this pleasurable pimento grilled cheese with soup, salad, or vegetables for a complete meal that is superbly memorable. Lunch or dinner at this restaurant, whatever you order, will be a wonderful experience. Juniper’s atmosphere and staff always take any meal up a notch.
377 E. Main St. | Jenks
One of Jenks’ not-so-best-kept secrets is the delicious menu at Kitch. This breakfast and lunch spot is run by the same people who serve up tasty sweet creations at Cookiedoodle, so you always know you’re going to enjoy the food. The atmosphere is pretty sweet, too, decorated in a mid-century modern style that brightens your mood as you chow down. Anything you order will satisfy, with creative creations like spicy clubs, gumbo soups, daily frittatas, and more to choose from. You won’t be disappointed by their grilled cheese either. It’s a great way to feed your hunger pangs between shopping or errands in Jenks.
4951 E. 21st St. | Tulsa
8102-B S. Lewis Ave. | Tulsa
8955 S. Memorial Dr., Ste. B | Tulsa
720 N. Aspen | Broken Arrow
8529 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
2330 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
If you’re looking to have a grilled cheese like mom used to make, this just may be the one. A taste of this parmesan, Swiss, provolone, and cheddar is like fireworks going off inside your mouth. Yes, it’s that spectacular. All of that yum-yum cheese, melted over freshly sliced tomatoes, makes it unfair competition. Put it all between two slices of ciabatta bread, and you’re transported back to the good old days. After trying it with tomato bisque, a chef salad or chips, you’ll want to visit all their locations in Green Country for more.
4830 E. 61st St., Ste. 300 | Tulsa
What’s a grilled cheese sandwich like without its sidekick, the bowl of tomato soup? You won’t have to guess if you’re at Neighborhood Jam in Tulsa. It doesn’t come any other way, and why should it? It’s what they call All About the Cheese. Boy, are they right. Three kinds of cheese are blended on fantastic sourdough bread. Is your mouth watering yet? You won’t regret ordering it, and you’ll probably want second helpings.
409 E. 1st St. | Tulsa
7031 S. Zurich Ave. | Tulsa
People come to McNellie’s for so many important reasons, including good times, great food, and fantastic beer. It’s an atmosphere like few can duplicate. Expect all that and more at any visit to this cherished Tulsa public house. Just as every McNellie’s visit is a time to remember, so is their amazing grilled cheese. It comes with the tastiest Tillamook cheddar and American cheese. And it’s smashed inside warm, flavorful, just-out-of-the-oven brioche bread. Combine it with anything on the menu. You’ll love it.
201 N. Main St. | Tulsa
For those of us who love a good mystery, combined with excellent service and atmosphere, the grilled cheese at the Tavern is a smart choice. Only the chef knows from day to day how the sandwich will be prepared. For those others who need to know there’s at least something consistent in the meal, just rest assured that tomato bisque is a guaranteed element. To be fair, you should always expect it to taste great and match the restaurant’s refined ambiance.
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