Cheese. Bread. Butter. What could be better?

It’s time to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of those amazing sandwiches that made the transition from being a childhood staple to an adulthood treat flawlessly — even Joe Biden agrees.

Whether you love a classic sandwich with nothing but the cheddar, or a fancier twist with fig jam or arugula, here are the best spots to get your fix in San Francisco.
 

1. Cowgirl Creamery’s Sidekick Cafe & Milk Bar

1 Ferry Building No. 19 in the Embarcadero

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Yes, you have died and gone to cheese heaven. The type of grilled cheese sandwich you eat is based on their rotation, but just trust me that you will not be disappointed. They also do open-faced grilled cheese “toasties” with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, caramelized onions and maple mustard.
 

2. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

1 S Park St in SoMa/South Beach and 2400 Harrison St in the Mission

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Pick one thing and do it well – that’s what these guys do. From the Mushroom Gruyère to the Cubano, this place has a sandwich for you. You can even get a Mac N Cheese grilled cheese…yeah. Grab one before or after a Giants game at the South Park location.
 

3. Mission Cheese

736 Valencia St in the Mission

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For those more adventurous in their grilled cheese exploration, this is the place. Try the California Gold with San Joaquin Gold (a firm cheddar cheese from Cowgirl Creamery), chevre, prosciutto, and fig preserves, or the Chedd or Alive with Cabot & Vella cheddars and Apple’N’Ale Chutney. All sandwiches served up on Josey Baker Bread country levain.
 

4. Grilled Cheez Guy

Pop-Up Shop

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For an inventive style of sandwich by a man who truly loves grilled cheese, this pop-up is worth finding. There is always the Classic — aged white cheddar, yellow cheddar, and mozzarella on Acme levain — but he throws in new additions, like the Le Frenchy (caramelized onions, mozzarella, pecorino and gruyere) and the Spicy (pickled jalapenos, pepper jack and muenster). Keep up on where to find the Grilled Cheese Guy on Twitter and Facebook.
 

5. Outerlands

4001 Judah St in the Outer Sunset

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Stop in for lunch and treat yourself to their cast-iron grilled cheese sandwich, brushed with garlic oil and served with soup or a green salad. We vote soup.
 

6. Straw

203 Octavia Bvld in Hayes Valley

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This carnival-themed eatery nails the grilled cheese sandwich: perfectly melted cheddar, jack, and swiss cheese on parmesan encrusted brioche. Get it with a side of their Creamy Tomato Soup, which they top with Goldfish crackers. Hello childhood.
 

7. Rickybobby

400 Haight St in Hayes Valley/Lower Haight

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A step away from the traditional, they serve up an amazing Grilled Crab & Fontina Cheese Melt with tomato soup.
 

8. Sauce

56 Belden Pl in the Financial District and 131 Gough St in Hayes Valley

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Their fancy spin on the sandwich is a Classic Tomato Bisque with White Truffle Grilled Cheese Toast Sticks. As a sucker for anything with truffles, this is a winner.
 

9. Blue Barn Gourmet

2237 Polk St in Russian Hill and 2105 Chestnut Street in the Marina/Cow Hollow

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With 5 types of grilled cheese to choose from, you’re sure to find one that satisfies you. Try the Sheep (manchego cheese, sopressata & mission fig jam on sliced country levain) or the Burrata (fresh mozzarella burrata, roma tomato, arugula & pesto aioli on a ciabatta roll).
 

10. Bender’s Bar and Grill

806 S Van Ness Ave in the Mission

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My favorite kind of place is one where I can get drunk while eating food that is horrible for me, so this place is a must. They have a Grilled Mac N’ Cheese Sando, described as “your standard Grilled Cheese gone buck wild.” It gets even trashier when they add hot dogs and jalapeño potato chips. You can also get the Hot Pig Grilled Cheese (sharp cheddar, jack, american, and pepperjack with BBQ pulled pork and jalapeños) or the Grilled Cheesus Christ (sharp cheddar, jack, and american with tomato).
 

11. Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem

2323 Mission St in the Mission

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Another place where you can get drunk and eat grilled cheese. Yes. Spend a Saturday morning with bottomless mimosas and a morning grilled cheese: the Wake & Bacon, consisting of bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg.
 

12. Chomp N’ Swig

1541 Clement St in the Inner Richmond

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The Bacon Butter Crunch is a crowd favorite — with white cheddar cheese, bacon butter, and tomato, we’re not surprised that it is. Highly recommended: grabbing a beer from their extensive selection to wash it all down.
 

13. Jamber

858 Folsom St in SoMa

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A pub and wine bar (the wine is on tap!) that serves up consistently good food. Their signature sandwich packs a punch: the Nacho Grilled Cheese with black beans, chipotle salsa, beer-pickled jalapeño, pepper jack, and cheddar.
 

14. Radish

3465 19th St in the Mission

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While the menu changes, right now you can get a grilled cheese on Pain de mie with white cheddar, plus your selection of a bourbon-bacon jam with spinach or a spring onion jam with arugula. Both are served alongside a carrot/parsnip bisque. Oh, and they also do bottomless mimosas. You’re welcome.
 

15. Crossroads Cafe

699 Delancey St in SoMa/South Beach

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I feel like Robin S. says it best on Yelp: “The grilled cheese has four (4) kinds of cheese and, apparently, one (1) kind of crack. It’s fantastic.” Also, Crossroads is a good place to support — the Delancey Street Foundation is the country’s largest and most acclaimed self-help residential educational center for people who have hit bottom to completely rebuild their lives.
 

16. Bacon Bacon

205 A Frederick St in Ashbury Heights

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Their grilled cheese has — you guessed it — cheese, thick slices of bacon, and bacon jam. If you love bacon, you will love it.
 

17. Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero St in the Mission

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I don’t need to explain Tartine’s legacy here. Your grilled cheese options include the Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Three Cheese Tasting (Bellwether Carmody, Straus Cheddar, and Idiazabal), Pecorino & Almond (sheep cheese & almonds crushed with olive oil, lemon and sage) and many more.
 

18. Hog Island Oyster Co.

1 Ferry Bldg Shop 11 in the Embarcadero

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Saving perhaps the best for last — as one of the most celebrated grilled cheese sandwiches, they serve their cheesy goodness on Acme bread with Cowgirl Creamery’s fromage blanc, Vella mezzo secco and cave-aged Gruyere, and house made pickles.

Did we miss out on your favorite spot? Make your case in the comments and we might add it to the list. And yes, we know The Melt isn’t on this list.

[Featured Image: Cyn Eats]


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