If you're going to pay for grilled cheese, it better damn well be a step up from the white bread and American cheese number you can make yourself at home. These buttered-up, overloaded and cheesy as all hell sandwiches most definitely are...
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Mac & Grilled Cheese Where to get it: H-Town StrEATS
Grilled cheese goes full fatty with the red meat-, carb- and cheese-loaded "Shorty Mac." Two slices of buttery, golden-brown bread come absolutely stuffed with nutty Provolone, gooey macaroni and cheese, AND juicy, meltingly tender short rib. At $9, it's one punch-packing grilled cheese that is not to be missed.
Grilled Bacon & Pimiento Cheese Where to get it: Beaver's, 2310 Decatur
House-made pimiento tastes as creamy and cheesy as ever when stuffed inside two giant-size slices of Kraftsmen rye. Tack on loads of thick-cut bacon (and a cup of loaded baked-potato soup), and you have yourself a winner. Get the monster sandwich for $12.50.
Inside Out Grilled Cheese Where to get it: Brasserie 19, 1962 West Gray
This egg-topped croque-madame ($15) is like having an inside-out grilled-cheese sandwich...for brunch...in France. And every second of it is freaking divine. Two pieces of ultra-buttery grilled toast are stuffed with even more buttery ham, then topped with melted Gruyère, a rich and velvety béchamel, and a yolky sunny-side-up egg that is just asking to be broken.
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Grilled Cheese & Pesto Where to get it: Tiny Boxwood's, 3614 West Alabama
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There's nothing tiny about this sandwich. In fact, it's so big, they have to cut it into three glorious pieces. Each piece of crisped sourdough is packed with a bright and nutty house pesto and loads of rich and gooey aged Gouda. Served with a hefty pile of shoestring frites and marinara, it's $11 well spent.
Carnitas Grilled Cheese Where to get it: The Golden Grill
This food truck most definitely lives up to its name. Every sandwich is griddled to the perfect golden-brown and buttery crunch. That is, after it gets stuffed with all kinds of heavenly things. Like slow-roasted pork, Monterey Jack and jalapeños. Get it for $9, then cry that you haven't done it sooner.