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All the Rage: Grown-up Grilled Cheeses

Presenting the greasy treat of the moment: One buzzed about, one off the radar, both worth seeking out.

Sourdough and white-cheddar grilled cheese, Chomp N' Swig

Jalapeño Popper, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Hot: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
In late December, the second location of this hipster haven tried to “soft open” in the Mission, only to be met with lines out the door. If you have time for the lunchtime wait, order the Jalapeño Popper, which sandwiches goat cheese, Monterey jack, jalapeño-apricot relish, and smoky bacon between slices of crispy-soft levain from local bakery Pinkie’s. Each bite begs for a dip in the menu’s pimentón-spiked tomato soup.
2400 Harrison St. (near 20th St.), 415-926-5076

Hidden: Chomp N’ Swig
Tucked away on a quiet block, this beer-centric hole-in-the-wall may be the best-kept secret of the Inner Richmond. Order the sourdough and white-cheddar grilled cheese slathered with a lethal dose of bacon butter. To go with it? A bottle of Ommegang Abbey, which is just one choice from the surprisingly awesome selection of 50 or so bottles.
1541 Clement St. (near 17th Ave.), 415-683-5946

Originally published in the March 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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