Whether straight off the flat top or piping hot from the press, nothing says comfort quite like a crispy, melty grilled cheese. These are the 8 Greatest places Phantom has found to get one.
Kicking off the Great 8 is Roxy’s in Allston. This casual eatery on Cambridge Street offers a simple selection of juicy burgers, hand cut fries and some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ll find anywhere. At Roxy’s, you can trust their cheesy creations get all the care and respect they deserve, taking care to perfectly toast and perfectly melt each and every sandwich.
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With 8 locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut, Cheeseboy makes a great grilled cheese for that customer on the go. Though the food is served fast, it’s anything but standard, with sandwich options ranging from Tomato Basil to Chicken Bacon Ranch to the ultra-indulgent Mac N Melt, featuring macaroni and cheese and bacon.
Boston’s North End
Another Great 8 winner is Pauli’s in the North End. This small sandwich shop is known for its larger-than-life menu full of outrageous sandwiches. If you need to find your footing, Phantom suggests looking to the lobster section, where you’ll find the lobster roll, the lobster sub, and the USS Lobstitution, made with over 28 ounces of fresh meat. But for an even more impressive – and a lot more manageable – sandwich, order up the lobster grilled cheese.
New World Tavern
The New World Tavern in Plymouth is far from your typical bar room, offering creative cuisine you usually don’t see outside of the city. Their gourmet grilled cheese adds quite a few sophisticated twists, including smoked gouda and gruyere cheeses, along with an apple onion spread and a honey truffle sauce for dipping.
The Stonewood Tavern in Peabody puts an inventive, upscale spin on the typical tavern experience. They even extend an over-the-top approach to their grilled cheese, using it as the bread for their All-American Bacon Cheeseburger Club. It starts with four slices of bread, a couple pieces of cheese, fresh-sliced tomato and grilled strips of bacon. In between those sandwiches comes an 8 ounce patty, garlic mayo, lettuce and even more cheese.
West Roxbury, Newtonville
Another Great 8 winner is The Rox Diner in West Roxbury and Newtonville. This spot serves the kind of food that will make you want to come back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Favorites include the coconut-crusted Tahitian French Toast, the messy Meatball Melt, and the stack of cheddar, bacon, and tomato known as ‘The Ultimate Grilled Cheese’.
Slate Bar and Grill
At Slate Bar and Grill in Boston’s Financial District, there’s a clear pecking order to their three distinct styles of grilled cheese. The “Intern” consists of a humble, hard-working , farmhouse cheddar on thick country white bread; while “Middle Management” steps it up a notch with grilled tomatoes. And the CEO-style grilled cheese is a real one-percenter when it comes to deliciousness, filled with cheese, tomatoes and crispy Applewood smoked bacon.
The Real Deal
Multiple Boston Locations
Rounding out the Great 8 is The Real Deal in Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Cleveland Circle. This place offers all the things Phantom loves to snack on, like hot pizza, boneless Buffalo wings, crunchy onion rings and overstuffed sandwiches. Their “Grown Up Grilled Cheese” is unlike anything your mother used to make. This sinful sandwich is stuffed with smoked gouda, sliced barbecue brisket and caramelized onions, before being grilled to a perfect golden brown.
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