Finding Grilled Cheese

Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese at Barrel Republc
Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese at Barrel Republc

The notion of “grilled cheese” may seem like a no-brainer in today’s world, but before the invention of sliced bread, the grilled cheese we know and love today had yet to infiltrate kitchens across the U.S. We can thank Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, otherwise known as the “father of sliced bread,” and James L. Kraft of (you guessed it) Kraft cheese, because without their ingenuity, who knows where we’d be today… without grilled cheese! Let’s be GRATEful for this ooey gooey, delicious creation, and celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12th at these San Diego spots.

Bub’s @ the Beach bestows a lot more than laidback beach bar vibes – with a full menu of flavorsome bar (and beyond) food, you won’t go hungry when you visit this Pacific Beach institution. Keep cheesin’ with their Grilled Cheesey Sammitch, a classic taken up a notch with fresh sourdough bread, gruyere and cheddar cheeses. Lovers of Italian food can order the Caprese Grilled Cheese, featuring grilled sourdough loaded with melted mozzarella, fresh basil and tomato, and finished with Bub’s homemade balsamic glaze. True grilled cheese fanatics can get their fill on Grilled Cheese Thursdays – that’s right, from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. every Thursday, Bub’s offers a special grilled cheese menu with options priced at only $5! Be sure to stick around for Sunset Trivia starting at 9 p.m.

Don’t let the title of the “Best Breakfast in the Gaslamp” fool you – the folks at Lazy Hippo know how to make a GRATE lunch too! Try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, on your choice of sourdough or multigrain bread with a cup of the house Soup of the Day, for a combination that will take you straight back to days filled with crayons, popsicles and hopscotch. Or, opt for a more elevated sammie choice with their Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich, plus the option to add chicken for a heartier dish.

Fig Tree Cafe, a San Diego favorite located in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Point Loma, is beloved for taking customer favorites and infusing them with that extra oomph that makes Fig Tree a longstanding staple in San Diego. This breakfast and lunch spot is the idyllic option for those looking to tailor their grilled cheese experience, so place your order for their Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup, and take a gander at their customizable options, whether you like yours prepared with sliced avocado and tomato, or ask for that well-deserved sliced bacon – no regrets here!

The serve-yourself taps at Barrel Republic may get you in the door of this Pacific Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside-based beer mecca, but it’s the crave-worthy food that will keep you coming back for more. National Grilled Cheese Day is simply not complete without their Crispy Avocado Grilled Cheese, created with a tomato smear, mozzarella and kale pesto, all grilled up and served on sourdough bread. Name a more iconic duo than beer and grilled cheese – just kidding, you can’t!

The only thing better than a grilled cheese and tomato soup? Grilled cheese and a bloody mary, of course! Tomato soup’s mischievous (and frankly, more fun) twin, the almighty bloody, makes one heck of an accompaniment to Toast Gastrobrunch’s Grilled Cheese. Expertly crafted with sourdough, cheddar and jack cheeses, and served with fries, this classic rendition pairs seamlessly with the Green Monster, concocted from vodka, green bloody mix, roasted jalapeno, shrimp, bacon, a stuffed olive and a smoked salt rim. It doesn’t get chedda’ than this!

The Duck Dive, located just off the sand and surf in Pacific Beach, focuses on dishing up mouth-watering coastal cuisine to locals and visitors alike. They’re taking National Grilled Cheese Day seriously with an all-day $10 combo special, featuring your choice of either their Tuna Melt and Tomato Soup or Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup – there’s nothing quite like a grilled cheese after a sandy and sun-soaked day at the beach.