Gourmet Grilled Cheese in D.C.

Grilled cheese sandwiches have gone gourmet in D.C. Yes, the classic childhood favorite has undergone an adult makeover with gourmet cheese, dip and interesting add-ons, elevating the usually humble sandwich. You may think you know grilled cheese, but not until you've sampled these deluxe grilled cheeses at some of the district's favorite restaurants. (Pictured: Jaleo's grilled cheese)

Updated: August 18, 2010

Gourmet Grilled Cheese in Washington, D.C.

Jaleo DC

480 7TH St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Known for its gourmet tapas, this Penn Quarter Jose Andres restaurant adds a Spanish touch to grilled cheese, which is available until 2:30pm on the lunch menu. Thick, rustic bread is grilled with truffle oil and four types of cheese (manchego, Murcia, Picon and goat) and served in thirds with a dollop of honey aioli on the side.


1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Executive chef Kyle Bailey whips up upscale bar fare at this popular beer spot, and the truffled grilled cheese--available day and night--always wins praise. It's served with greens and tomato soup dip; one bite and you'll be hard-pressed to order anything else.

The Diner

2453 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Satiate all your grilled cheese cravings 24 hours a day at this Adams Morgan diner, which boasts seven varieties of the sandwich on your choice of wheat, white or rye bread. Make it deluxe with tomato and bacon, or choose the "Caribbean" for something more exotic with Swiss cheese and mango salsa. All versions are served with fries.

Ted's Bulletin

505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Citysearch Dictator Allison S. raves about Ted's Famous grilled cheese, available daily on the lunch menu. The Barracks Row restaurant serves gourmet, homemade versions of diner classics, and this gooey sandwich is served with tomato soup, hand-cut fires and a pickle.


1940 11th St Nw, Washington, DC 20001

It's no surprise that this U Street wine bar and bistro--known doubly for its great cheese selection--would excel at the sandwich. With Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto and arugula, find it on the brunch menu, available on Sundays from 11am to 3pm.