With temperatures dropping (okay, we've got another 20 degrees to go, but you get the idea) we're in the mood for comfort food -- like grilled cheese. What are your Phoenix favorites? Here are a few of ours.
5. Triple Grilled Cheese from Switch
If you've ever dreamed of pairing a grilled cheese sandwich with a glass of Merlot or a Blueberry Cosmo, then Switch is the place for you. This trendy downtown Phoenix wine bar and restaurant -- located a little ways down Central Avenue from its sister restaurant, Fez -- serves up a Triple Grilled Cheese that will remind you of your favorite childhood meal without the kiddie-menu stigma. The sandwich is made with Provolone, Cheddar, and American cheese on griddled Texas toast. You can add avocado, tomato or bacon. The sandwich comes with a Caesar salad on the side, but you can substitute wedge fries or, for a real trip back in time, a small side of mac n' cheese (and at Switch, grilled cheese with a side of mac pairs just as well with their Sangria as it does, say, Nick at Nite).
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4. Just Grilled Cheese from Wedge & Bottle Cheese Shop
For a decidedly grown-up grilled cheese, stop by Wedge & Bottle Cheese Shop and ask for the Number 5. Labeled "Just Grilled Cheese," this sandwich is made with Barber's Cheddar and Appenzellar on sourdough bread. Cheddars are popular at Wedge & Bottle -- with people who want a cheese they can pronounce but at a quality level they can't find anywhere else -- and the Barber's Cheddar is no exception. Bringing the real adult edge is the Appenzellar, a cheese produced in the Appenzell region of Switzerland that can trace its lineage 700 years (not the one you'll be eating in particular). This cheese may further the stereotype about stinky European cheeses, but its taste will also prove why these stinky cheeses - and they are stinky - are still so popular.
3. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Combo from The Roosevelt
There is absolutely nothing that goes with grilled cheese better then a nice warm bowl of tomato soup -- except for a nice cold pint of hoppy beer. This menage a trois of flavors has been a hit since this converted house opened its doors and we're not surprised. Golden toasted bread with tangy sharp cheddar just hot enough to ooze slightly out the sides, dip it in the velvet soup and it's perfection on a plate. Just like we would make at home but better because someone else made it.
2. Beckett's Original Grilled Cheese from Beckett's Table
Beckett's knows what to do with a grilled cheese sandwich: make it crispy, cheesy, and totally indulgent. A blend of four melty cheeses oozes out from between buttery, cheese-sprinkled brioche. Adding a couple strips of pancetta for a bit of meaty crunch is the only way to make such an indulgent sandwich even better. Plus it comes with a tasty bowl of tomato soup on the side for dipping. Smoky sweet roasted bell pepper blended with a silky tomato bisque is the perfect complement.
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1. Pipeline Pastrami from Paradise Melts
Who in their right mind would turn down a grilled cheese stacked high with juicy thin sliced pastrami, melty provolone, and tangy mustard all piled on to perfectly grilled (toasty on the outside, chewy on the inside) marble rye? If you can pass that up, especially late on a Saturday night after an evening at good ol' Casey Moore's, then we applaud your willpower -- but we think you have a screw loose since this one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you can find anywhere.