With the growth of Instagram, there’s been an increase in the celebration of national holidays. And while we try not to hop on every bandwagon (is every day National Dog Day?!), a month dedicated to our favorite cheesy sandwich is one we’re here for. The sinfully satisfying sandwich lends itself to plenty of creative twists, and Nashville’s chefs are serving some of the most innovative we’ve seen. Find out where to celebrate the grilled cheese this month, and if you’re feeling ambitious, try a new one each day until May! Lest we play favorites, they’re listed in alphabetical order by restaurant.
Where to Find the Best Grilled Cheeses in Nashville
Acme Feed and Seed: Spicy Grilled Cheese
101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 · (615) 915-0888
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to close; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to close
For a little Nashville kick, try Acme Feed and Seed’s spicy grilled cheese. Buttery sourdough bread is filled with ghost pepper Havarti, jalapeño gouda and white cheddar. It’s just the right amount of heat – and served with ranch dressing to cool it down.
The Café at Thistle Farms: Triple Grilled Cheese
5122 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 · (615) 953-6440
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A little crunch, a little tang and a little sweet come together in every balanced bite of The Café at Thistle Farms’ triple grilled cheese. The sandwich’s mouth-watering ingredients include buttermilk cheddar, brie, gorgonzola, apples and caramelized onions – with the option to add bacon, which, of course, we recommend.
Chaatable: Mumbai Munchin’
4001 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 · (615) 383-1303
Hours: Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for a grilled cheese unlike any you’ve had before, try the Mumbai Munchin’ at Charlotte Avenue’s Chaatable. The Bombay sandwich is stuffed with amul cheese, potatoes, peas and tomatoes ensuring unique texture and killer flavor.
Chauhan Ale & Masala House: A Twist on Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 · (615) 242-8426
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Warm up with Chauhan Ale & Masala House’s spin on an all-American classic comfort food featuring spiced Provel cheese, artisanal bread and green tomato pickle alongside tomato and lentil curry soup.
Cousins Maine Lobster: Lobster Grilled Cheese
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It doesn’t get more indulgent than a lobster grilled cheese. Cousins Maine Lobster serves the decadent sandwich with Maine lobster, pepper jack and cheddar cheese on buttered Texas-style toast ensuring a rich satisfaction in each bite.
Embers: The Big 49 Triple Decker
2410 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 · (615) 866-5652
Kitchen Hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Embers Ski Lodge takes their grilled cheese game seriously. The club-style sandwich is two layers of American cheese (as classic as it gets!) and three pieces of honey wheat bread. Add bacon, lettuce and tomato if you’re feeling daring!
etc.: Roasted Beet Grilled Cheese
3790 Bedford Ave, Nashville, TN 37215 · (615) 988-0332
Hours: Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Green Hills lunch staple, etc. takes a grilled cheese up a few notches – five, to be exact. The elevated grilled cheese sandwich on toasted rye bread stacks pastrami seasoned beets with rich beemster cheese, horseradish crema, sauerkraut slaw and smoked apple mustard. With the option to add bacon or chicken, this sandwich satisfies.
The Grilled Cheeserie: Pimento Mac & Chee
2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212 · (615) 203-0351
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You can’t mention Nashville grilled cheeses without shouting out The Grilled Cheeserie. A spot dedicated to the delicious handheld sandwich we all love and crave, it’s hard to pick just one off of their comprehensive menu to highlight. The most unique and most requested, though, must be their pimento mac & chee — a grilled cheese made of our other favorite cheesy comfort food, macaroni and cheese. Housemade pimento cheese, local cheddar, macaroni, tomato slice and Benton’s bacon bits on country white sourdough make this sandwich unlike any other!
Jack Brown’s: The Frankie Brady
1123 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 · (615) 818-0318
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
While Jack Brown’s is known best for their beefy burgers, they have created a grilled cheese that even carnivores can get behind. A potato roll flipped inside out is grilled with two slices of cheese, house-made macaroni and cheese and BBQ chips — an explosion of flavors and textures!
Liberty Common: Croque Madame
207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 · (615) 649-8900
Hours: Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Lunch/Brunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Weekend Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Liberty Common’s croque madame with Black Forest ham, gruyere, mornay sauce and sunny side eggs is available at lunch and dinner so you can get it whenever the craving hits! And once you taste it, we guarantee those cravings will commence.
McCabe Pub: Grilled Pimento Cheese
4410 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37209 · (615) 269-9406
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This classic goes Southern at McCabe Pub. Opt for the toasted iteration of their pimento cheese sandwich, and enjoy just a little bit of kick served alongside comforting Southern sides.
Milk & Honey: Short Rib Grilled Cheese
214 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 · (615) 712-7601
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Milk & Honey’s short rib grilled cheese packs chipotle-braised short rib, horseradish mayo, pickled red onion, caramelized onion spread, arugula and white cheddar on toasty sourdough for a mouth-watering treat.
The Mockingbird: Don’t Worry, Brie Happy
121 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 · (615) 741-9900
Hours: Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Maneet Chauhan must love a grilled cheese as emphatically as we do. At each of her restaurants, she serves up a different spin on the classic. At The Mockingbird, enjoy the flavorful Don’t Worry, Brie Happy with whipped brie, jalapeño jam and chimichurri.
Noshville: Double Stacked Grilled Cheese
4014 Hillsboro Cir, Nashville, TN 37215 · (615) 269-3535
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This Nashville delicatessen is a StyleBlueprint staffer favorite. The best way to enjoy Noshville’s buttery, double-stacked grilled cheese (your choice of cheese and bread!) is alongside a bowl of the creamy tomato dill soup. Trust us!
Porta Via: Caprese Panini
21 White Bridge Rd #104, Nashville, TN 37205 · (615) 356-0001
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Porta Via’s Italian grilled cheese means juicy tomatoes, thick-sliced mozzarella, fresh basil and plenty of pesto. The Caprese panini is toasted and served alongside a mixed green salad for a balanced and satisfying midday meal.
Restoration Hardware: Truffled Grilled Cheese
2101 Green Hills Village Dr, Nashville, TN 37215 · (615) 209-7644
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You had us at “truffled!” Restoration Hardware’s cafe serves a truffled version of the classic that has people talking. With cheddar and sourdough as the only other ingredients, the strong truffle flavors shine!
Tavern at Bobby: Croque Monsieur
232 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 · (615) 782-7100
Hours: Breakfast: Everyday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Lunch: Everyday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Flaky brioche bread and creamy Mornay sauce are the key ingredients of this French rendition of a grilled cheese. At lunch at Tavern at Bobby, enjoy a croque monsieur, or add an egg to make it a madame, and be transported to Paris with each bite.
Tennessee Brew Works: Southern Grilled Cheese
809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 · (615) 436-0050
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pair with your local Tennessee Brew Works beer with their Southern grilled cheese. Spread with pear butter and topped with both goat cheese and white cheddar, the flavorful sandwich is best balanced with a brew.
Von Elrod’s Beer Hall & Kitchen: Brisket Grilled Cheese
1004 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 · (615) 866-1620
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you prefer your grilled cheese with a little protein too, head to the patio at Von Elrod’s for their brisket grilled cheese. The sweet caramelized onions and savory brisket pair perfectly – balanced with sharp and melty white cheddar cheese. A no-brainer!
… Annnnnd we’d be remiss not to mention the handful of chain restaurants that serve up some delicious gooey goodness. If you’re on the run and looking for the best grilled cheese, visit Zaxby’s, Waffle House or Tom + Chee for an SB staff-approved sandwich!
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