Best Places For Grilled Cheese In Sacramento

June 4, 2014 5:00 AM


The grilled cheese sandwich was invented in America in the 1920s alongside the advent of sliced bread. Since then, it has been a staple in homes across the land. While its simplicity makes it easy to prepare just about anywhere, many professional and upscale kitchens have taken the time to reinvent and perfect the much-loved dish. Here are five at the forefront of cheese sandwich creations in Sacramento.
Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen
(916) 502-0474

All of the sandwiches available at Drewski’s food truck are grilled cheese sandwiches at their core. What makes them truly exceptional are the meats and veggies added. Perhaps the most unique, though all of the other sandwiches on the menu have no parallel, is the Mustang, which pairs Havarti and Swiss cheese with Korean braised beef and house-made kimchi. All of the sandwiches are heavy on the cheese and grilled to melty, messy perfection.

The Rind
1801 L St., Suite 40
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 441-7463

The Rind is a unique restaurant specializing in cheese. It serves dozens of different cheeses so it’s only natural that it would make an incredible grilled cheese sandwich. The Rind goes above and beyond and instead makes six artisan grilled cheese sandwiches (and lots of macaroni and cheese). Among the sandwich creations is the Teleme More, a cheese creation featuring “Franklin’s Washed Rind Teleme, wild flower honey, figs, walnuts and arugula, on walnut bread.”

Cheese Louise
1009 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-7757

Cheese Louise is a diner dedicated only to the grilled cheese sandwich, so it must be done right. Located in the heart of downtown, it is only open for lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cheese Louise offers variations on a theme like the Very Veggie sandwich, which includes grilled eggplant, or the Real Reuben which comes packed with pastrami and sauerkraut. Set aside some time in your afternoon for a cheesy, delicious sandwich at a very reasonable price.

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Sampino’s Towne Foods
1607 F St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 441-2372

Sampino’s is a modern deli living the old world Italian deli style. There are over 15 amazing sandwiches on the menu but the one that truly matters is Le Rustique, a grilled cheese sandwich featuring prosciutto, Tobasco, garlic aioli and melted brie. All of Sampino’s fare is from sustainable sources, which is why it is a member of the Slow Food movement, dedicated to true quality food.

Bacon Mania Food Truck
(916) 934-2674

What could make a grilled cheese sandwich better? Bacon of course. Leave it to the Bacon Mania truck to combine bacon and cheese in a tasty sandwich it calls the Jack Back Sammie. Served on egg bread with cheddar and bacon, this sandwich is worth chasing down a pink truck with a pig snout.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento’s healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on