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Dream Cheese: Our Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Spring is almost here, but there still may be frosty days on the calendar. Keep comforted by enjoying one of these cheesy sandwiches.
Fabio Trabocchi is best known for the white-tablecloth cuisine at his Penn Quarter dining room, but he does blue-collar classics just as well. His grilled buffalo-mozzarella-with-basil sandwich accompanies a steaming bowl of rustic Tuscan-style tomato soup.
601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-628-2888
For more than 40 years, this 24/7 roadside diner has been using white bread and orange American-cheese singles to make grilled sandwiches that taste like what you probably had as a five-year-old—and are still good at any hour.
2310 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 703-920-6103.
This farm-to-table eatery makes its own wheat bread, which is piled with a cheesy trifecta: Muenster, Gruyère, and white cheddar. It’s even better with a slice of house-brined ham spiced with juniper berries and caraway.
1924 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 202-822-8783; 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, 301-340-8783
Cheddar, pepperjack, and provolone unite in this subterranean saloon’s sandwich, creating loads of gooey goodness. Amp it up with crispy bacon or tomato slices.
8401 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-8350
This Clarendon salad shop serves a Southern-style grilled pimiento cheese laden with sharp cheddar. The cubes of roasted red pepper that dot the cheese give the pressed sandwich a pleasingly piquant undertone.
3035 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-243-5660
Photographs by Scott Suchman.
This article appears in the March 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.
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