Behind the trend: Grilled cheese

This month, we chart the rise of an all-American great - the grilled cheese sandwich.

In the beginning

The grilled cheese sandwich, which has long been an American comfort food classic, differs from a toastie in that the bread is buttered on the outside and then pan-fried.

Grilled cheese

American comfort food and big flavours started to trend about five years ago when burgers, ribs, barbecue food and fried chicken became staples in street-food stalls and restaurants. Other Stateside greats have followed, including the grilled cheese sandwich.


Niche restaurants and food trucks dedicated to grilled cheese have opened in London, including toastie truck Grill My Cheese, Soho’s Melt Room, the capital’s first grilled cheese shop; and The Cheese Bar in Camden. As well as the classic combo, these cheese wizards stuff sandwiches with mac & cheese, Mexican fondue and more.

Make it yourself

Mathew Carver, founder of The Cheese Bar, says: ‘The key is using quality ingredients – British cheese and sourdough. Cook them low and slow to ensure the bread is crisp and the cheese is fully melted.’ 

Try making our pickled pineapple & sriracha grilled cheese.

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From February 2017

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