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National Grilled Cheese Day is April 12. Actually, you can celebrate America's favorite childhood lunch throughout April, which is National Grilled Cheese Month.
These Phoenix restaurants have taken the original grilled cheese sandwich to gourmet heights, with artisan bread, cheeses like blue and Brie and creative flavor combinations.
Angels Trumpet Ale House
The name of this downtown Phoenix beer haven is a nod to the Evans Churchill neighborhood. The aptly named Churchill grilled cheese ($9.50) combines smoked mozzarella and Fontina with fresh leafy greens pesto and honey drizzle. Add bacon jam or Spam for $1 extra.
Details: 810 N. Second St., Phoenix. 602-252-2630, angelstrumpetalehouse.com
Beckett’s Table and Southern Rail
Ham and cheese, anyone? This elevated version combines pancetta with a blend of Fontina, Manchego and white Cheddar on Asiago-studded focaccia-style bread, served with a side of red pepper tomato soup ($12).
Zookz Best Toasted Sandwiches ‘Round
Just about every one of the warm and crunchy signature sandwiches on the menu is packed with cheese. Get your veggies in with the No. 45, with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach, roasted red peppers, basil and honey balsamic vinaigrette ($8.25).
Details: 100 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-279-0906, zookzsandwiches.com.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
The grilled cheese bites at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. (Photo: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour)
When you and your friends feel like just a nibble, these grilled cheese bites ($6.50) hit the spot, made with thick Noble Bread, white American and cotija cheese and served with tomato soup.
Details: Luhrs Building, 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com.
The grilled cheese shares equal billing with its traditional sidekick on the brunch menu’s Eggs in Purgatory ($11). The nostalgic sammie is plated alongside a saucy blend of Reggiano-San Marzano tomatoes and short ribs that’s topped with a sunny-side-up egg.
Details: 8220 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-699-0811, twistedgrove.com.
Liberty Station American Tavern and Smokehouse
Savory and smoky burnt ends add heft to classic Cheddar in the brisket grilled cheese served with a side of tomato soup ($13).
Details: 34522 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-595-9930, libertystationtavern.com.
Kitchen West and Bar Six40
The artisan grilled cheese sandwich at Kitchen West and BarSix40. (Photo: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch)
The classic duo gets dressed up. Tillamook Cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon are stuffed into the artisan grilled cheese sandwich served with sweet and earthy blistered tomato and tarragon soup ($13.50).
Details: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-596-7522, thescottsdaleresort.com.
The prosciutto, Brie and fig jame panini at Postino. (Photo: Postino)
A sweet and savory combo, this crunchy panini pairs prosciutto with triple cream Brie and a schmear of fig jam ($11).
Details: 302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert. 480-632-6363. Other locations at postinowinecafe.com.
Talk about a meltdown. Served on grilled 12-grain bread, this version combines Jack, Cheddar, Swiss, American and cream cheese with jalapeños for a bit of heat and bacon for crispy, savory texture ($10).
Details: 310 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-968-9288. Other locations at ncounter.com.
The build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich at Stufrageous. (Photo: Stufrageous)
Ten varieties of cheese, from blue to feta, are available. Choose two and build your own grilled cheese sandwich ($3.99). Customize it with other toppings, such as sauteed onion, spinach, sundried tomato, jalapeño or even more cheese (39-99 cents each).
Details: 1036 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. 480-969-1305. Also, 890 N. 54th St. Chandler. 480-699-4052, stufrageous.com.
A towering sandwich for serious grilled cheese fans, the Loaded Triple Decker ($9.50) is crafted from three slices of bread, layered with mozzarella, Cheddar and American, plus tomato and bacon.
Details: 2040 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-855-3663, chasesdiner.com.
What's a Grown Up Grilled Cheese ($10)? Smoky bacon and sweet grilled tomato are paired with Cheddar, white American and Brie, the cheese trilogy nestled between grilled whole wheat.
Details: 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Peoria. 623-566-1515. Also, 1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. 623-536-9000, haymakeraz.com.
Wildflower Bread Company
The grilled cheese sandwich at Wildflower Bread Company. (Photo: Wildflower Bread Company)
Peppery organic arugula adds punch to the Swiss, Brie and Cheddar grilled cheese on grilled nine-grain bread ($7.59).
Details: 75 E. Rivulon Blvd., Gilbert. 480-454-5062. Also, 17530 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. 623-776-7722. Other locations at wildflowerbread.com.