What’s ooey, gooey and even better with bacon? We’ll give you one guess. PureWow is taking a road trip around the country to find the tastiest grilled cheese sandwiches (in our humble opinion) in every state in the U.S. (and Washington D.C., too). Let’s do this.
The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Every U.S. State
Yep, that sandwich has homemade mac and cheese in it. Starting strong, people.
4105 Fourth Ave. S., Birmingham; 205-917-5000 or meltbham.com
Alaska: 49th State Brewing Compnay
Why have crab plain when you could eat it in sandwich form? The King Crabby Grilled Cheese is made with sourdough bread, crab meat, Swiss and cream cheese, and served with a side of Alaskan seafood chowder for dipping.
717 West 3rd Ave., Anchorage; 907-277-7727 or 49statebrewing.com
Arkansas: Hammontree's Grilled Cheese
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the Ozark Monte Cristo with ham, Swiss and Havarti on jalapeño corn bread and topped with powdered sugar. You just haven’t.
326 N. West Ave. #8, Fayetteville; 479-521-1669 or hammontreescheese.com
Connecticut: The Caseus Cheese Truck
The classic grilled cheese is anything but basic—there’s Swiss, provolone, Comté, Gruyère, Gouda and sharp cheddar on this baby.
Location varies throughout New Haven; 203-850-3504 or thecheesetruck.com
Florida: Ms. Cheezious
Yep, that’s fried-chicken grilled cheese with waffles instead of bread. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?
Location varies throughout Miami; 305-989-4019 or mscheezious.com
Georgia: Three Sheets
The only thing better than sinking your teeth into this epic grilled cheese with applewood-smoked cheddar? Rocking out to a live band at this Atlanta music venue while you’re doing it.
6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta; 404-303-8423 or threesheetsatlanta.com
Kansas: Best Regards Bakery & Café
This Overland Park bakery might look quaint, but it’s a grilled cheese mecca with some of the best sammies in the state. (And best of all, they’re made on homemade bread.)
6759 W. 119th St., Overland Park; 913-912-7238 or makethemsmile.com
Kentucky: Blue Dog Bakery And Cafe
You say Cubano, we say grown-up grilled cheese with pickles and ham.
2868 Frankfort Ave., Louisville; 502-899-9800 or bluedogbakeryandcafe.com
Louisiana: The Big Cheezy
Turkey, bacon and Gouda with mustard in the Big Easy? Oh, if you insist.
Three locations in New Orleans; 504-302-2958 or thebigcheezy.com
We just can’t quit you, duck confit panini.
43 Middle St., Portland; 207-774-8080 or duckfat.com
Michigan: Café Muse
Um, it’s Oprah and Gayle’s favorite grilled cheese in the country. End of discussion.
418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-544-4749 or cafemuseroyaloak.com
Fresh, local ingredients and no skimping on the cheese make this a favorite with locals. (The salsa and tomato soup aren't too shabby, either.)
North Dakota: Rosey's Bistro
Our favorite? The Snobby Frenchman, made with Brie, caramelized apples and candied walnuts served on sourdough.
212 Broadway St. N., Fargo; 701-551-0777 or roseysfargo.com
Pennsylvania: Meltkraft Grilled Cheese By Valley Shepherd Creamery
This stand in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market is literally our idea of heaven. Keep it simple or try a seasonal sandwich…or try both?
Reading Terminal Market 12 & Arch street Philadelphia; 267-639-3309 or meltkraft.com
Rhode Island: Red Stripe
The grilled cheese is stuffed with prosciutto, poached pear and basil pesto at this beloved Providence brunch spot. Don’t even look at the menu; just order the grilled cheese and creamy tomato soup combination.
Multiple locations; redstriperestau
South Carolina: Eli's Table
Tomatoes + basil + cheddar + sourdough bread = best lunch ever.
129 Meeting St., Charleston; 843-405-5115 or elistable.com
South Dakota: Old Market Eatery
Meat lovers, rejoice: This guy has ham, roast beef and salami (and cheese, of course).
424 Fifth Ave., Brookings; 605-692-5757 or oldmarketeatery.com
Tennessee: The Grilled Cheese Truck
What happens when a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef opens her own grilled cheese truck? This happens.
Location varies throughout Nashville; grilledcheeserie.com
Washington: Beecher's Handmade Cheese
This Seattle cheese shop’s grilled cheese is so amazing, it might as well have invented it. (And you can even get it stuffed with the signature mac and cheese.)
1600 Pike Pl., Seattle; 206-956-1694 or beechershandmadecheese.com
Washington, D.c.: Jaleo
If mixing and matching cheeses is an art, then the grilled cheese with Manchego, Valdeón and goat cheese is a true masterpiece.
480 Seventh St., NW; 202-628-7949 or jaleo.com