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The Alehouse at Amato’s
2501 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211
The Alehouse at Amato’s is known for its bistro fare, great brews and rooftop patio. A well-kept secret is the cheesy, dreamy grilled cheese sandwich. Built from the ground up, it starts with fresh, herbed focaccia bread topped with tomatoes, avocado and any cheese combination of choice. Among the favorites are cheddar, Swiss, provolone, goat cheese, pepper jack or blue cheese, served with Amato’s famous skin-on sweet potato fries.
1600 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Chef/Owner Mary Nguyen’s quintessential Uptown neighborhood bistro turns out classic dishes with a modern sensibility, and this deceptively simple grilled cheese sandwich is no exception. The grilled gruyere cheese sandwich is a delicious masterpiece of melted gruyere on stoutly golden-brown brioche. The restaurant’s infamous rich French onion soup is served alongside for tasty dipping.
523 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Steuben’s is a favorite for just about anything you crave. Come for brunch, happy hour, dinner dates, celebrations and take out, and if you catch the Steuben’s food truck in your neighborhood, it’s destined to be a great day. Serving “American regional classics,” the grilled cheese is a classic sandwich piling on the cheddar and grilled to perfection. Spice it up with green chile or go big with the Monte Cristo.
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The Truffle Table
2556 15th St.
Denver, CO 80211
The Truffle Table is a new addition to the hot Highlands neighborhood brought by the owners of The Truffle Cheese Shop. The cozy bistro offers an incredible selection of cheese, with wonderful wines and cured meats. Listed under “Cheesemonger Favorites,” the sandwich is actually titled – The Best Grilled Cheese in All the Land. The restaurant uses Grafton cheddar and broccoli, which might sound like an interesting combination but it works perfectly. Double down on extra cheese with a side order of truffled macaroni and cheese.
Vine Street Pub
1700 Vine St.
Denver, CO 80206
Vine Street Pub is a sister restaurant of Mountain Sun and Southern Sun Pubs and touts an unbelievable grilled cheese sandwich. In the classic “make your own” style, you start with the basic grilled cheese with American cheddar and add bacon, pesto, tomato and grilled vegetables, including mushrooms and onions or avocado. For the ultimate grilled cheese, add them all and the sandwich still comes in under $10. This one’s easy on the wallet, which is good because Vine Street only takes cash.
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