Washington D.C. is famous for a lot of things: national monuments, amazing museums, and an up-and-coming, diverse food scene. People from all over the world come to work  in D.C. and the city benefits from the cuisines they bring from every corner of the globe. 

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a childhood classic, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them as well. They’re cheesy, comforting, and provide the perfect canvas for unique flavors. Restaurants all around D.C. have taken the simple grilled cheese and elevated it into a gourmet dish that can be enjoyed by anybody, regardless of age. 

Grilled Cheese Society

Grilled Cheese Society is a restaurant developed by Nextbite brands. We serve elevated grilled cheese sandwiches made with fresh, flavorful ingredients, and we deliver them right to your door. We operate using an innovative cloud kitchen model, meaning our food is available on your favorite delivery apps! This allows us to focus solely on the quality of our food. 

We’re passionate about flavor, and we’ve carefully designed our menu to offer a variety of mouth-watering, craveable grilled cheese creations. We’re inspired by global cuisine, and we build our sandwiches around fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Our signature sandwiches are our claim to fame, and we’re proud to be able to offer them to the D.C. community. 

Fans of Mexican cuisine will love The Special, which has chorizo, queso fresco, pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapeños, poblano peppers, red peppers, Society Sauce on wheat bread. The chorizo and the peppers bring a gentle spice to this dish, while the creamy cheese mellows out the spice and brings balance to the dish. 

If you’re a brunch lover, we recommend The Regular, which has two fried eggs, bacon, melted American cheese, fresh tomato, and Society Sauce on white bread. D.C. locals are all too familiar with the power breakfast, during which business people and politicians take meetings during the most important meal of the day to try and squeeze more into their packed schedules. Order this sandwich for your next power brunch, or simply savor it by yourself during some valuable downtime. Either way, it’s sure to be a bright spot during your busy day. 

Avocado toast lovers will adore The Thursday, a sandwich with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, gooey muenster cheese, blue cheese crumbles, topped with avocado spread & Society Sauce served on wheat bread. The avocado and muenster cheese are creamy and smooth, while the bacon and blue cheese bring that extra kick of flavor. 

If you’re a fan of the classics, go with The Usual, which is melted American cheese on white bread. The sandwich, named after another former D.C. resident, President Roosevelt, is sure to be a hit with youngsters, as well as adults who enjoy keeping things simple. We promise you don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy this one. 

Additionally, we offer a variety of sides to help complete your meal. Our signature side is Spicy Fries, crispy french fries topped with ghost pepper seasoning. We also recommend our Onion Rings, Sweet Potato Tots, and our homemade Mac and Cheese, or our fried Mac and Cheese bites.

Washington D.C. is a special place full of life, culture, and community, and we’re so happy to bring you our tasty grilled cheese creations. You can try us out by ordering through any of your favorite delivery apps, such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, UberEats, and more.

While we know we have the best grilled cheese in town, we encourage you to support these other local businesses and check out what they have to offer.

Cork Wine Bar & Market

Cork Wine Bar is a spot that D.C. locals frequent for their weekly wine tastings and classes, but they also offer a selection of gourmet grilled cheeses for customers to enjoy with their beverages. 

Their regular menu boasts flavorful creations such as the Prosciutto sandwich, with tomato jam, fontina cheese, and arugula on a french baguette, and the Italian sandwich, piled high with meats like mortadella, soppressata, porchetta, prosciutto, and combined with melty mozzarella, olive tapenade, oil-cured tomato, and a balsamic vinaigrette. 

They even have a promotional event called Grilled Cheese Tuesdays, where they offer specialty grilled cheeses that aren’t on their regular menu. For those with a taste for the finer things, they offer one grilled cheese with brie, foie gras & shallot marmalade, and another with Comte, gorgonzola, caramelized shallots, apple-wood smoked bacon. 

Other options include a sandwich made with cheddar, house-made meatloaf, ketchup aioli, grilled onions, and one with fontanel, parmesan, pesto, and cured tomatoes.

Ted’s Bulletin

Ted’s Bulletin has multiple locations throughout D.C., all of which serve up modern yet classic American fare, boozy milkshakes, and all-day breakfast. Their Grilled Cheese is one of their more popular dishes and is served either Deluxe, with choice of tomato or bacon, or Super Deluxe, which comes stuffed with braised short rib and three-cheese mac and cheese. Both options are served with a warm cup of tomato soup for dipping. 

Stoney’s

Stoney’s is a D.C. mainstay and has been operating since 1968, expanding to multiple locations in D.C. It began as a casual breakfast and lunch spot and has since grown into a community favorite, offering a variety of comfort food dishes and specialty cocktails. Stoney’s has even been visited by multiple presidents, and their website boasts pictures with the likes of Bill Clinton and George Bush. 

Stoneys’ grilled cheese menu is vast and varied, offering classics like the Grilled Ham and Cheese, with ham and American cheese, as well as more inventive creations, like the Thunderbird, which has turkey, bacon, gouda, pepperoncini relish, and chipotle mayo on sourdough bread. Their most popular grilled cheese is the Super Grilled Cheese, made with bacon, tomato, onion, and American cheese, all served on white bread.

TallBoy Bar

TallBoy Bar opened in early 2019, but it’s already made a splash in the D.C. nightlife scene. They serve 16 oz. cans of beer, which is where the name TallBoy comes from, as well as chicken wings and grilled cheese for customers to munch on. They’re open late to satisfy those cravings that hit after a night out on the town. 

They offer a variety of grilled cheese sandwich creations that are sure to hit the spot after a night of drinking. Their classic is the Tom and Cheese, which is simply served with cheddar cheese and tomato. They also have the Cubanito, which is their interpretation of a Cuban sandwich, served with cheddar, ham, bread and butter pickles, and dijon mustard. 

For fans of the classic Korean side dish Kimchi, they offer the Kim Cheese, made with pepper jack, kimchi, and bacon. Vegetarians and omnivores alike will love the Herbivore, piled high with pepper jack cheese, avocado, onion, tomato, and black bean puree.

GCDC

GCDC bills itself as D.C.’s only grilled cheese bar and they offer a wide selection of customizable sandwiches, mac and cheese, and craft cocktails. Their founder, Bruce Klores, was inspired to leave his law practice and open the place up after eating an amazing grilled cheese in San Francisco. Hey, we’ve always said a great grilled cheese can change your life!

Customers can either build their own custom sandwich creations or choose from GCDC’s rotating menu of signature specials. Their current specials include the Carolina BBQ, which has cheddar cheese, mac and cheese, pulled pork, jalapeños, and BBQ sauce on white bread, and the Cubano, with Swiss cheese, pickles, pulled pork, ham, and dijon on white bread. They also offer classic options, like the Young American, made with American cheese, bacon, and diced tomatoes on sourdough bread. 

Conclusion

Washington D.C. has so many amazing restaurants to try, and it’s important now more than ever to support them. It’s no secret that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on the restaurant industry. A staggering 17% of U.S. restaurants have closed either permanently or long-term during the pandemic, which amounts to over 100,000 businesses. The best way to help keep local businesses alive is to patronize them, whether that means ordering take-out, delivery, or dining out while practicing social distancing.

D.C. restaurants have really elevated the simple grilled cheese sandwich, and we encourage you to try them all and support your local businesses. To learn more about Grilled Cheese Society, visit us online here

Sources:

Is power breakfast the new power lunch? | wtopnews.com

Thomas Jefferson’s Mac And Cheese Obsession | The Odyssey

Study: 17% of US Restaurants Closed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic | Spectrum Local News

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