Spring is in the air, and grilled cheese sandwiches are sizzling on the griddle.
April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and Miami is oozing with cheesy giddiness. Food holidays can be lame, but magic happens when two slices of bread come together with melted cheese in the middle.
Add toppings to the mix and it becomes over-the-top and muy Miami. Pull apart the slices with cheese strands, and open New Times' list of the ten best grilled cheese sandwiches in Miami.
10. 3 Cheese at the Daily Melt
When a restaurant specializes in melted items, sometimes it's necessary to stick with cheese. You can get an original with American cheese on sourdough, or you can try the more exotic trio and ménage of cheeses. The 3 Cheese ($4.95) blends mozzarella, provolone, and cheddar. A few firm presses on the bread and the cheese becomes one. The bite is intoxicating.
9. Grilled Cheese con Sopa de Tomate at Kush
Forget canned soup and Kraft singles — this starter at Kush ($9) is a full meal for a more refined palate. The bread is no Wonder; it's rye. The cheese is Gruyère. Inside the sandwich lies a tomato slice that can return to its mothership when you dip the sammie into the homemade tomato soup. This dish is comfort for your grown-up soul.
8. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches at the Cheese Course
A store/bistro that prides itself on a variety of artisanal cheeses from all over the world is a great place to sink your teeth into a sandwich. The white or whole-wheat baguettes are fresh and warm, and the cheesemonger here delivers only the best. You can get a variety of sandwiches with grilled meats and pesto spreads. But the strict grilled cheeses — like the aged English cheddar or the Gruyère and Emmenthaler — have an ooey-gooey place in our hearts.
7. Caprese Grilled Cheese at Radio Bar
Radio Bar is one of the coolest spots in South Beach, but you may not be aware that it also serves delicious snacks with its libations. We mentioned one of its cocktails — a concoction comprising kale, jalapeño, and cucumber — in our "Miami's Top Vegetable Cocktails," and Radio Bar's grilled cheese also goes green. The Caprese grilled cheese ($6) comes with provolone, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and a garlic-mojo aioli on thick slices of buttery toast.
6. Adult Grilled Cheese #2 at Angelina's Coffee & Yogurt
Most of the sandwiches on this list are pretty grown-up, but Angelina's serves nine varieties of adult grilled cheese. All of them use interesting cheeses and adult toppings and are served with a delicious Angelina salad with strawberries, walnuts, and goat cheese. Our favorite of the grilled cheeses is the #2: It comes with Brie, caramelized onions, apple slices, walnuts, and honey mustard on country bread.
5. Grilled Cheese Manchego, Smoked Beef Cheek at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Smile and throw in some cheek. Miamians love brunch, and Sugarcane throws a stellar one with a can't-miss sandwich. It's the grilled cheese with manchego and smoked beef cheek ($11). It is masculine and hearty and will put a smile on your face and something substantial in your belly.
4. G.O.A.T Grilled Cheese at Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Sweetness Bakeshop is your home for exotic cupcakes and decadent desserts, but you can also get a sweet grilled cheese. The G.O.A.T ($8) uses three types of cheese — fontina, Havarti, and mozzarella — and pairs them with tomato and honey on challah bread. It's creamy and earthy, with just a taste of sweet and tart.
3. Gooey Grilled Cheese at Crumb on Parchment
Just when you thought nothing could beat pastries and Prada in the Design District, you bit into the Gooey Grilled Cheese ($7.50) at Crumb on Parchment. You can add bacon or wild mushrooms to your sandwich, but just the melted fontina on buttered bread is enough to make you leave no crumb behind.
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2. Short Rib Grilled Cheese at ROK:BRGR
We know it's difficult to steer away from the classic round offerings at a burger joint. But the short rib grilled cheese is so much more than a sandwich. The sliced bread is stuffed with plenty of tender short rib meat, caramelized onions, and melted fontina. Need more? It comes with hand-cut fries and a red-wine reduction sauce for dipping. It's classy like that.
1. Croqueta Monsieur at Ms. Cheezious
What happens at Croquetapalooza doesn't stay at Croquetapalooza. Praise the Miami food god Burger Beast. After Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez asked Ms. Cheezious' owners if they wanted to participate in his massive croqueta event, it dawned on them to merge a croqueta preparada and a croque-monsieur. The rest is Miami food history. According to New Times food critic Zachary Fagenson, it's the Magic City's version of the cronut. These three pressed croquetas, shaved tavern ham, Swiss cheese, and a Gouda-heavy béchamel sauce between sourdough slices are more than a trend. They are a masterpiece that melts in your mouth. Bonus: Now you don't have to wait for the famed grilled cheese truck to roll by; you can get this sandwich daily at the brick-and-mortar location on Biscayne Boulevard.