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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.

Fiola

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

Bob & Edith’s Diner

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.

Founding Farmers

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

 

Quarry House Tavern

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

Rabbit

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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