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12 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches to Try Right Now in MPLS

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As this never-ending winter continues to bring wintry mixes and below-normal temps, it also gives us the chance to take in a last bite of comfort food for the season in the form of that classic: the grilled cheese sandwich. No longer just a kiddie menu special, the buttery, crusty, gooey, cheese-filled sandwich can be sophisticated and spectacular, and it seems to be showing up on menus all around town.

With fillings ranging from lobster to kimchi, bacon upgrades to blue cheese, there's something for everyone. So without further ado, we present 12 must-try grilled cheese sandwiches in Mpls/St. Paul, mapped in roughly geographic order.

Did we miss your favorite cheesy, grilled sandwich? Let us know in the comments.


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1. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

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810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-3737
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BLB has a nice little grilled gem called the Red Barn White Cheddar Grilled Cheese. There are options to add tomato, garlic, fried egg, bacon, avocado, roasted organic chicken, or ham. The combinations are, well, not endless but you get the idea. [Photo]

2. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

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2933 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 872-2232
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Let's get this straight, a grilled cheese with kimchi? Alright. Kimchi and cheddar cheese on Texas toast, with a side of house-made potato chips is what you'll find on the menu at this Uptown spot. [Photo]

3. Butcher & the Boar

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1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 238-8888
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It gets downright decadent over at B&TB with their lobster grilled cheese sandwich. Make it right by adding the optional organic fried egg. [Photo]

4. The Lowbrow

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4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 208-0720
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The Lowbrow gets highbrow when it takes aged Wisconsin cheddar or Swiss (or both!) and grills it up on this classic grilled cheese sandwich. You can add bacon, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and/or jalapeno. [Photo]

5. Sun Street Breads

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4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-3414
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Sun Street Breads knows bread. Sun Street takes its Lunch Box bread and grills it up with Swiss and Cheddar. Simple and right. [Photo]

6. Hell's Kitchen

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80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-4700
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Cheese on the inside and cheese on the outside. What now? They take sourdough bread, coat it with grated Parmesan cheese on the outside, then grill it with layers of Swiss, Vermont white Cheddar and Fontina cheeses on the inside. Add bacon if you're up for it. [Photo]

7. Hen House Eatery

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114 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 345-4664
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Brand new to the game as of this week, Hen House has a whole section of grilled cheese sandwiches on its lunch menu. With options like the basic grilled cheese, a Buffalo Chicken Salad Melt with blue cheese (shown here), and a macaroni-and-cheese grilled cheese, there's something for everyone. [Photo]

8. Mona Restaurant & Bar

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333 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 259-8636
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Don't forget about Mona. The downtown spot does up a grilled cheese sandwich all classy-like by taking three cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, crushed chips, and grilling it on brioche. [Photo]

9. Modern Café

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337 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-9882
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Is that bread? Actually it's corn bread. The NE Mpls cafe makes their version of a grilled cheese on corn bread, pairs it with a shaved fennel salad, roasted oyster mushrooms, and sunny egg. [Photo]

10. Parka

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4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 886-1585
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The Longfellow cafe's take on the sandwich is the Maple Grilled Cheese. They grill the cheese with pickled apple, bacon jam, and drizzles of Minnesota maple syrup. [Photo]

11. Finnish Bistro

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2264 Como Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-9181
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This is how it is going to go down: You're going to go to Finnish Bistro and you're going to order a bloody mary. The grilled cheese? Yeah, that's the garnish. The picture speaks for itself. [Photo]

12. Chatterbox Pub

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800 Cleveland Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 699-1154
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Is it still technically a grilled cheese if it has this many items on it? Don't ask questions. The Lobster Grilled Cheese Club has butter poached lobster salad, black truffle mayo, organic greens, and tomato on house made brioche with melted white American cheese and caramelized onions. [Photo]

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1. Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater

810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
BLB has a nice little grilled gem called the Red Barn White Cheddar Grilled Cheese. There are options to add tomato, garlic, fried egg, bacon, avocado, roasted organic chicken, or ham. The combinations are, well, not endless but you get the idea. [Photo]
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

2. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Let's get this straight, a grilled cheese with kimchi? Alright. Kimchi and cheddar cheese on Texas toast, with a side of house-made potato chips is what you'll find on the menu at this Uptown spot. [Photo]
2933 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

3. Butcher & the Boar

1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
It gets downright decadent over at B&TB with their lobster grilled cheese sandwich. Make it right by adding the optional organic fried egg. [Photo]
1121 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. The Lowbrow

4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The Lowbrow gets highbrow when it takes aged Wisconsin cheddar or Swiss (or both!) and grills it up on this classic grilled cheese sandwich. You can add bacon, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, and/or jalapeno. [Photo]
4244 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

5. Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Sun Street Breads knows bread. Sun Street takes its Lunch Box bread and grills it up with Swiss and Cheddar. Simple and right. [Photo]
4600 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

6. Hell's Kitchen

80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Cheese on the inside and cheese on the outside. What now? They take sourdough bread, coat it with grated Parmesan cheese on the outside, then grill it with layers of Swiss, Vermont white Cheddar and Fontina cheeses on the inside. Add bacon if you're up for it. [Photo]
80 S 9th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

7. Hen House Eatery

114 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Brand new to the game as of this week, Hen House has a whole section of grilled cheese sandwiches on its lunch menu. With options like the basic grilled cheese, a Buffalo Chicken Salad Melt with blue cheese (shown here), and a macaroni-and-cheese grilled cheese, there's something for everyone. [Photo]
114 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

8. Mona Restaurant & Bar

333 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Don't forget about Mona. The downtown spot does up a grilled cheese sandwich all classy-like by taking three cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, crushed chips, and grilling it on brioche. [Photo]
333 S 7th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

9. Modern Café

337 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Is that bread? Actually it's corn bread. The NE Mpls cafe makes their version of a grilled cheese on corn bread, pairs it with a shaved fennel salad, roasted oyster mushrooms, and sunny egg. [Photo]
337 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

10. Parka

4023 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
The Longfellow cafe's take on the sandwich is the Maple Grilled Cheese. They grill the cheese with pickled apple, bacon jam, and drizzles of Minnesota maple syrup. [Photo]
4023 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

11. Finnish Bistro

2264 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108
This is how it is going to go down: You're going to go to Finnish Bistro and you're going to order a bloody mary. The grilled cheese? Yeah, that's the garnish. The picture speaks for itself. [Photo]
2264 Como Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108

12. Chatterbox Pub

800 Cleveland Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Is it still technically a grilled cheese if it has this many items on it? Don't ask questions. The Lobster Grilled Cheese Club has butter poached lobster salad, black truffle mayo, organic greens, and tomato on house made brioche with melted white American cheese and caramelized onions. [Photo]
800 Cleveland Ave S
Saint Paul, MN 55116

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