*Updated for 2019
Friday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day, a chance to channel your inner child with the beloved lunchtime classic. Below, find ten spots across the state that are sure to make your sandwich dreams come true.
Arena’s “Betty” sandwich features bacon, avocado, tomato and American cheese on white bread. Yum!
The Bellefonte Café varies its grilled-cheese special each week—sometimes even each day! The current offering: Havarti cheese with Swiss, lemon butter aioli and roasted peppers on rye, served with tomato soup. Call to confirm changes beforehand if you’re picky (or just plain curious).
804 Brandywine Blvd., Bellefonte • 761-9175
Upgrade the classic sandwich with tomato and onion for 75 cents, or bacon for $1.75. For an extra-nostalgic lunch, pair it with a black-and-white milkshake!
2600 Concord Pike, Wilmington • 478-2165
Kirkwood Highway and Greenbank Road, Wilmington • 998-8853
Although Fins is best known for its seafood, its sandwiches are also a hit. The grilled cheese—made with four cheeses and topped with tomato and basil pesto spread on Texas toast—is to-die-for. Add bacon to it for an additional $1.50.
Grain’s seasonal grilled cheese, available at all locations, currently features birch beer braised short rib, sautéed onions, melted cheddar and provolone on grilled sourdough. Get it while you can!
270 E. Main St., Newark • 737-2931
3006 Summit Harbour Lane, Bear • 365-5795
108 W. State St., Kennett Square, Pa., • (610) 444-7232
A grilled cheese at Home Grown in Newark//Courtesy of Sasha Aber
This Main Street mainstay’s take on the classic sandwich can perhaps best be described as cheese with a side of cheese. A blend of cheddar-jack, Asiago, provolone and feta cheese melts into house-baked cheese bread. The sandwich is also served with tomato and basil oil on house-baked bread.
126 E. Main St., Newark • 266-6993
Choose from one of five grilled-cheese specialties: the Dirty Bird (smoked turkey, pepper jack, heirloom tomato and chipotle ranch on sourdough); the Smokey Joe (brisket, bourbon barbecue sauce, caramelized onions and provolone on sourdough); the Crabby Grilled Cheese (house-made crab dip and cheddar jack on sourdough); the Caprese (fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato, fresh basil and balsamic on sourdough) and a grilled ham and Swiss on marble rye.
1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 652-9493
Melt Shop’s Christiana Mall location has introduced a limited-time triple decker grilled cheese sandwich to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day. The Notorious CHZ includes cheddar, muenster and pepper jack cheeses, a brick cheddar cheese spread, topped with truffle mayo between three pieces of parmesan crusted bread. Priced at $6.99, get it now through April 30.
228 Christiana Mall, Newark • 317-9077
Served on your choice of white, wheat, rye or 12-grain bread—for only $4. Add American, provolone, Swiss or pepper jack for .50.
1707 Foulk Road, Wilmington • 478-5720
Kids go crazy for Purebread’s grilled cheese. Like all sandwiches on the menu, you can also customize it with as many additional toppings as your taste buds can handle.