Few dishes conjure fond childhood memories quite like a perfectly made grilled cheese. No matter who did the cooking in your household growing up, there’s something perfectly nostalgic about biting into a melted sandwich that’s just dripping with gooey cheese. It’s warm, savory, and utterly delectable. Here are eight restaurants in Michigan that will bring you right back to your childhood with their amazing grilled cheese options.
1. Café Muse (418 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak)
This charming Royal Oak eatery offers an incredible three-cheese blend on its grilled cheese: havarti, fresh mozzarella, and fontina. You might taste something a bit different when you bite into your sandwich — that sweet flavor is honey, which pairs wonderfully with the basil and bread.
2. Grillcheezerie Sandwich Shoppe (709 Packard St, Ann Arbor)
This awesome shop has grilled cheese right in its name. Grillcheezerie offers delivery to the Ann Arbor area, and its sandwiches are out-of-this-world good. Try the S’Mac & Cheese, which combines — you guessed it — mac ’n cheese and grilled cheese.
3. Founders Brewing Company (235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids)
Stop in at this famous Grand Rapids brewery for a drink and a bite to eat. Of course, the grilled cheese is a favorite for visitors who want a taste of childhood, and Founders doesn't disappoint. Order the “Cheesy Does It” and select your own blend of cheeses toasted on multigrain wheat bread, or mix it up with a ham and melted cheese sandwich.
4. Caffe Tosi (516 Pleasant St, St Joseph)
Head to St. Joseph and try Caffe Tosi’s classic “Grilled 3-Cheese” sandwich, which will transport you back to when you were a kid. The taste of melted baby Swiss, provolone and asiago might be a little more gourmet than what you grew up with, but it’s just as comforting.
5. Woodbridge Pub (5169 Trumbull Ave, Detroit)
This Detroit eatery offers a whole menu full of well-made favorites, but none quite as classic as its grilled cheese. Simple and delicious, the Woodbridge grilled cheese features white cheddar and monterey jack on Detroit nine grain bread. For a truly classic taste, pair it with a bowl of the pub’s tomato soup.
6. Crescent Bakery (404 Main St, Frankfort)
This sweet bakery in the heart of Frankfort offers something for every member of the family. Whether you’re looking for a simple grilled cheese or a twist on the classic (think grilled egg and cheese breakfast panini), you’ll never leave with an empty stomach.
7. Cheese & Co. (Charlevoix)
Check out this food truck in Charlevoix for a delectable grilled cheese sandwich made with local ingredients. If you’ve got a taste for spicy food, give the “Santa Fe” a try: it features black beans, red onion, cilantro, tomato, lime juice, jalapeño, and melted pepper jack and harvati cheese. Yum.
8. Upper Crust Bakery & Deli (375 Traders Point Dr, Manistique)
This quaint bakery and deli in Manistique offers another twist on the classic grilled cheese. You’ll enjoy a sandwich made of melted Swiss, provolone, and cheddar, paired with mushrooms, red onion, and Canadian bacon. Don’t forget that it’s served on homemade Upper Crust bread. Want to mix it up even more? Try the Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese, pictured above!
Do those photos have your mouth watering? Stop in at one of these restaurants for an insanely good grilled cheese experience that will make you feel like a kid again. While nothing can ever compare to the sandwiches you had during your younger years, you might just find a new favorite on this list.