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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 16, 2014

grilled cheese torontoThe best grilled cheese sandwich in Toronto satisfies nostalgic cravings for that straightforward-but-awesome combination of bread and gooey melted cheese. The childhood favourite is a staple at lunch counters citywide, and even has whole menus devoted to its goodness. Whether you're a purist interested only the standard orange cheddar, or you're open to innovative extras (say, pulled pork or poached pears) there's a sandwich on this list for you.

Here are the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Toronto.

See also:

5 Toronto restaurants serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
The Best Sandwiches in Toronto
The Best BLT in Toronto
The Best Peameal Bacon Sandwiches in Toronto
The Best Mac and Cheese in Toronto

The Grilled Cheese

The Grilled Cheese

This Kensington Market sandwich shop majors in the classic comfort food, sprucing up the original recipe with additions like bacon ($5), or unusual combinations like dill, pesto and sundried tomato ($6). Have it with chips and a pickle, or add a soup for $2.85. More »

Cheesewerks

Cheesewerks

The menu at this Bathurst St. joint is devoted to artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches. Opt for the classic ($8.95) with blended smoked and aged cheddars, or try one of eight other variations inspired by international cities, like the Beijing ($10.95), which gets an upgrade from BBQ pork, hoisin and scallions. More »

Cut the Cheese

Cut the Cheese

A new addition to the Junction, this cheesy lunch counter specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Try the classic ($5.75), or opt for an extreme version like the Big Bad Wolf ($9.25), loaded with pork belly, slaw and hickory sticks. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

Aged cheddar, green apple and caramelized onions pressed between sourdough bread prove that this smokehouse on St. Clair excels at more than just BBQ. Order the sandwich as-is for $8, or add bacon for $1.50 more. More »

Aunties and Uncles

Aunties and Uncles

Upholding the goodness and simplicity of a traditional grilled cheese, this all-day brunch spot on Lippincott griddle-cooks its Canadian cheddar sandwich ($7.50) with tomato slices between slabs of challah. Get fancy (if you must) with the grilled brie ($8.25) dressed with pear chutney and walnuts. More »

Melt Grilled Cheese

Melt Grilled Cheese

Located on Richmond, this shop keeps its menu cheap and cheerful, offering a classic grilled cheese ($4.29) oozing with melted cheddar and mozzarella plus a choice of free toppings. Variations with bacon and avocado ($4.29) or pulled pork ($7.49) are on offer, too, if you want to spice things up. More »

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

The winning grilled cheese ($8.95) at this popular Mirvish Village pub starts with two slices of calabrese bread fused together by melted cheddar, gruyere and red pesto. The price tag includes a side too. Pick from salads, fries or garlic-mashed potatoes, or add mac n' cheese for an extra $3.75. More »

Porchetta and Co.

Porchetta and Co.

Three words. Porchetta. Grilled. Cheese. When available, this occasional special is made with caramelized onion jam, aged cheddar and pork crackling. Look for its availability on the menu to be pimped on Instagram and Twitter. More »

Swan

Swan

The grilled cheese ($9) is a staple on the lunch menu at this West Queen West eatery. Crafted from scratch on house-baked bread, this superior sandwich is made with a three-cheese blend, fresh sliced pears and watercress for crunch. More »

Discussion

37 Comments

bob / April 16, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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let the 'I'm not paying $8 for a grilled cheese' comments begin.
Mike / April 16, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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What about Say Cheese near St. George and Bloor. They specialize in classic and remakes of the grilled cheese and unlike your whole list (mostly) up there they charge a fair price for a sandwich.
Oops / April 16, 2014 at 02:38 pm
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Silly BlogTO voters, you clearly forgot Prohibition.
Huh? / April 16, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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I go to the Stockyards all the time and I've never seen a grilled cheese on the menu....new I guess?
Water into beer / April 16, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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Why does this site make me feel like a leprous pariah? Sailing the culinary seas East of Yonge will not result your sparring with sea monsters or falling off the face of the earth. The city is not flat and the natives here are not hostile....yet!
chez chez / April 16, 2014 at 02:45 pm
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Rebel House's Grilled cheese sammich is outstanding.
Craig / April 16, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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why pay $8 for grilled cheese when you can pay $40 at Grilled Cheese Fest and never get to eat anything. OHH JOYLISTER.
sd replying to a comment from Water into beer / April 16, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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Just wildlings beyond the wall...
Emperor Norton replying to a comment from Mike / April 16, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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+1.

Solid at a very fair price. Odd given that they were recently written up in BlogTo.

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/say-cheese-toronto
JS / April 16, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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If any of you knew anything you would know blogTO doesn't make the list, this list is voted by people!
Sandra / April 16, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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Any of these offer gluten-free options?
Just for you Bob / April 16, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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I'm not paying $12 for a tiny sandwich! I Went to cheesewerks and I bought a sandwich and a mac and cheese for $25! I was still hungry. They take overpricing to all new heights.
Moaz Ahmad / April 16, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Some of those sandwiches look very close to being burnt.
kioch / April 16, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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That first picture is money!
Roctop replying to a comment from Just for you Bob / April 16, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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Oh, so I see you fell victim to PHIL, the ranting cheese chef. This whole fad is just plain silly. Buy some #1 class AAA cheese and rustic bread from a food emporium and do it yourself. These cheez-whiz slingers are just con artists.
Welshgrrl / April 16, 2014 at 04:24 pm
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"blogTO doesn't make the list, this list is voted by people!"

Can this be possibly stickied at the top of every "best of ..." post in order to spare us the inevitable "its too west-end/downtown-centric" whingefest?
Bob told you so replying to a comment from Roctop / April 16, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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Don't worry about BOB. He's just an opinionless slob.

Would be great to know what his actual thoughts are on these sandwiches and establishments, but instead he's trying to speak for others that have an opinion and want to express them.
Gustav0 / April 16, 2014 at 04:28 pm
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A grilled cheese sandwich is the only decent food The Diplomatico does.
Bob2.0 / April 16, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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Cue the comments "I love these" and "I hate these".

Yes these posts are for us to discuss if we like or not, right down to everything including price. Would be great to live a life like yourself and Kathleen Wynne where cost of anything is not an issue. Some of us have budgets. Paid of that OSAP yet?
Jamie / April 16, 2014 at 04:36 pm
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Hair Of The Dog's Butter Chicken Grilled Cheese is absolutely insane. Nothing even comes close anymore.
corin / April 16, 2014 at 05:02 pm
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Leslieville Cheese Market makes a mean grilled cheese. Or four.

And even if it's (the horror!) a chain, Joey's lobster grilled cheese sandwich is to die for. Prolly literally if you have it too often. And it's $16.50 (with fries).
v79 / April 16, 2014 at 05:35 pm
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It's a shame that we have so many places trying to cash in on the gourmet grilled cheese craze, yet none of them come even remotely close to being as good both in product and value as the Melt Bar & Grilled franchise in Ohio, one of the originators of the concept.
moopy / April 16, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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grilled cheese is so easy to make
bix / April 16, 2014 at 07:45 pm
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Say Cheese beats them all!
First Timer / April 16, 2014 at 09:11 pm
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Do you have to put butter on both sides of the bread?
First Timer replying to a comment from First Timer / April 16, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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DOn't worry found it!!! This is gonna be very handy.

50 Grilled Cheese Recipes
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-grilled-cheese.html
Fred / April 16, 2014 at 09:21 pm
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Can't beat Druxy's.
o_o replying to a comment from corin / April 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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You're cute, Corin. I'd date you.
corin replying to a comment from o_o / April 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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Bring it!
ok.. / April 17, 2014 at 06:46 am
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No Millwood Melt? Illegitimate list, yeesh blogto strikes again!
Ryan replying to a comment from Sandra / April 17, 2014 at 10:23 am
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Sandra, CUT THE CHEESE has Gluten free and Vegan options.
They are my #1!
Matt / April 17, 2014 at 06:18 pm
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Poor Say Cheese... they should have been on this list but unfortunate for them their clientele probably are from the burbs.
Renee / June 14, 2014 at 06:21 pm
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How in the lords name did Uncle Betty's not make it on here?
Kevin / June 14, 2014 at 07:19 pm
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Get Melted on Church St is my fav.
nicola / July 26, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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AMAZING grilled cheese sandwiches every Thursday throughout the summer from 11 - 3 at a small city market in the courtyard of St. Andrew's at 117 Bloor St E!!!

A cute husband and wife offer a classic, sweet and spicy gourmet grilled cheese served with delicious soup on the side!

The sweet is my fave! Brie, apples and carmelized onions mmmmmmmmmm
Iliana & Sergey's Palette / August 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm
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"What an awesome idea - a spot specializing in gilled cheese. As soon as my coworker recommended this tiny joint, we made plans to visit it. A great location too - right across the movie theatre on Richmond St W.
An orange oval with a bold slab serif typeface, the branding is really not memorable and neither the rustic wood glued on the glass. However the food made up for any disappointments. There are quite a few options, including a poutine section and milkshakes..."
Read our full review on our blog: http://ilianaspalette.blogspot.ca/2014/08/melt-grilled-cheese.html
Jane Somers / September 23, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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You need to try the pimento grilled cheese @Ronnie B's 243 Carlton Street, so light and fluffy and full of flavour. I think it's priced at about 8.00 with fries!

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