With adulthood comes a more sophisticated palate and selection of dishes. But, luckily, grilled cheese is one “kid food” that can be brought into adulthood and still shared with your kiddo. That tasty, cheesy sandwich everyone loved as a kid can easily be elevated for a grown-up palate by mixing artisan cheeses with sweet and savory toppings. Here, are our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches around town, with options that will please any age cheese lover.
What Would Cheesus Do serves up six gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, all made to order in a bright turquoise food truck. Try the Forsaken Bacon with cheddar, honey ham, bacon, and apple butter, finished with a honey drizzle. Kids will love the Baby Cheesus, made with cheddar and mozzarella cheese—ask and they’ll even cut it into tiny slices perfect for little hands. Check the website and follow their social media posts to see where the truck will be next.
The first dish Mondo Market ever sold was a cheese plate, so it’s safe to say these folks know fromage. Adults can try the grilled cheese sandwich made with whipped raclette, mozzarella, and crispy cheddar on white bread, served with a side of chips or potato salad. Little diners will enjoy the kids menu grilled cheese, made with mozzarella and cheddar on white bread with milk and fruit. 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
Steuben’s is the ultimate elevated diner, so it’s only fitting that they serve up a killer grilled cheese. Both locations offer a grilled cheese sandwich with Muenster and American cheese on thick, crispy Texas toast, with a side of chips. Compliment the meal with their chicken fried pickles or cheese fries. The grilled cheese is on both the brunch and lunch menu, and can be made gluten-free. Steuben’s serves a kids meal grilled cheese, with beverage and soft serve ice cream for $7. Two locations in Uptown Denver and Arvada.
Both kids and parents can have their dream grilled cheese at Tupelo Honey. The adult version, a slow-roasted pork grilled cheese, is made with white cheddar and chipotle cranberry barbecue sauce on pumpernickel bread. For little eaters, they grill up a traditional cheddar cheese sandwich served on artisan bread with choice of side. 1650 Wewatta St., Denver
Complete with a patio and cornhole, Dunbar’s unassuming environment is perfect for their grilled cheese and tomato soup, made with a cheese blend, a light schmear of roasted garlic spread on Blue Point sourdough, served alongside San Marzano tomato soup. Dunbar’s kids menu offers a grilled cheese made with American cheese, with or without crust, with choice of apple slices, peas and carrots, or fries. 2844 Welton St., Denver
Larkburger serves up burgers, of course, but if you like cream cheese, their grilled three cheese sandwich shouldn’t be ignored. The grilled cheese is made with dijon cream cheese, parmesan, and Tillamook cheddar on sourdough bread. A kids version is served with house sauce, fries, and choice of drink. Eight locations across the Front Range.
Craft cocktails and craft grilled cheeses are a match made in heaven for parents. Mythology Distillery serves up a double cheddar grilled cheese made with sharp cheddar and smoked white cheddar on locally-made bread with a side of vodka tomato basil soup. Or try the cinnamon raisin grilled cheese for a salty-sweet twist. Served on cinnamon raisin bread with double cream brie cheese and complemented with date aioli and green apples, the sandwich is served with chips. 3622 Tejon St., Denver
Make Your Own Sammy
Check out tips from Steve Redzikowski, chef and owner of Acorn, who believes the secret behind making the best grilled cheese for your family is the bread.