Today is National Grilled Cheese Day. It’s the one day per year we get to celebrate the most perfect sandwich ever invented. It’s a sandwich that is untainted by strange meats or vegetables. It’s simple and classic, made up of bread, cheese, and butter, all combined to create a symphony of gooey, delicious nostalgia. Pair it with tomato soup and you’re really cooking with flame.
If you want to make your own grilled cheese sandwich, Charlie and Michael Kalish (The Cheese Twins and winners of season 7 of Food Network’s Great American Food Truck Race) have a few tips to help make your sandwich the stuff of dreams.
“We always recommend buttering both sides of the bread, to get a crust that’s crispy,” says Charlie Kalish. “Just be sure to take the butter out of the refrigerator a few minutes beforehand to soften, so you can apply a smooth coat without tearing up the bread. If you prefer to go light on the butter, butter the pan instead and use clarified butter to ensure it doesn’t burn.”
They have a simple way to make sure your grilled cheese browns perfectly on both sides. “Use a weight or spatula to press down on the bread as you grill both sides to accelerate the melting process and evenly distribute the heat.”
If you’re too lazy to butter bread, put cheese in the middle and brown both sides in a pan, you can visit pretty much any diner in the world and to get your grilled cheese fix. But, there are deals to be had today and here they are:
Although not special to National Grilled Cheese Day, the Chicago White Sox are offering fans a 16” brisket mac & cheese grilled cheese at the ballpark. If you’re attending a game today and you purchase this, you might want to share it.
If you happen to be near Gloucester City, New Jersey today, you can get a free “Luck O’ The Irish” grilled cheese sandwich. Consisting of smoked ham and four cheeses wedged between a rainbow bagel, the sandwich will usually set you back $10.
To celebrate this important day, New York’s Cheese Grille is giving away free grilled cheese sandwiches from 2-8pm. Last year, they handed out more than 3,000 sandwiches so you might want to get there before there’s a line.
The New York-area food truck created a sandwich to celebrate the day. It’s made up of gruyere, tomato, chipotle aioli, and beer-infused caramelized onions made with Sam Adams. Today, the sandwich is only $7 or $9 if you add a drink and tator tots.
In Albany, the aptly named Capital Melts will be extending its usual hours to 6am-6pm while also adding to the menu. For every sandwich sold, the restaurant will donate $1 dollar to charity.
Western New Yorkers can visit Buffalo Melting Point in downtown Buffalo for a classic grilled cheese sandwich from 11am-10pm for just $1.
Cincinnati’s Tom + Chee is offering grilled cheese sandwiches all day for only $2 dollars. You can easily eat a few and still not pay very much.
St. Petersburg’s King’s Street Food Corner is celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day by offering their “Mac & Cheezus” sandwich for only $6 dollars all day.
Tampa food truck Riddle on the Griddle is celebrating the day by giving away the first twenty-five sandwiches of the day to hungry grilled cheese fans.
At Coors field and other locations, Viewhouse is offering customers a candied bacon and Boursin muenster grilled cheese sandwich with a side of tomato bisque for only $11.
To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day, Postino WineCafe is selling its NYC Grilled Cheese toasts with white cheddar as well as its Port Salut cheese on crusty baguettes for $7.75 all day.
The food truck will be at Renegade Brewing Company from 6-9pm and will be offering its “The Forsaken Bacon” grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar, ham, bacon, apple butter, and salted honey for $10.
The Hutch & Spoon Café has a special sandwich deal to celebrate the day. It is offering a peach chutney, sharp cheddar grilled cheese sandwich for $7.
For only $45, visitors to the Denver Grilled Cheese Festival today can enjoy various grilled cheeses from restaunts all over Denver as well as local beer, wine, and music.
The first 100 customers to Santa Monica’s Chomp Eatery will be able to buy rainbow-colored “Unicorn Melts” for only $1.
The famous spaghetti grilled cheese will be getting served up all day. This is pure Insta-gold.
The sports bar chain is offering two unique grilled cheese sandwich offerings for National Grilled Cheese Day. For $8.99, customers can purchase a Bacon Jam grilled cheese or a Cubano grilled cheese. On top of that, the restaurant is offering buy one get one free on cheese sandwiches at all of its Central Pennsylvania locations and Patchogue, New York.