Four grilled cheese sandwiches to try

Four grilled cheese sandwiches to try

There is one sandwich in particular that has made the jump from the kiddie menu with the grace of a dairy cow jumping over the moon. It’s gooey, cheesy, toasty and the perfect kind of comfort food on a rainy night, after a breakup or after multiple beers: Grilled cheese.

Ritual Cafe: This vegetarian coffee shop took the classic and upped the ante. They took away Wonder Bread and added a serrano pepperson garlic foccacia. A mix of cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss and provolone seems to have slipped straight off a four cheese pizza. The unexpected spice of bread brings out the flavors of the dairy, instead of squelching it. Need to take it to go? Not a problem. The zenned out baristas will wrap it up nice, quick and hot. Find it: 1301 Locust St., 515-288-4872,

Centro: Italian-American restaurant, Centro, took classic orange plastic-filmed slices of cheese and chopped it to pieces. In its serving place, surrounded by a side salad, is country Italian bread housing savory fontina cheese, sweet caramelized onions and flavorful mushrooms. The artisan-crafted flavor pairing is doused in truffle oil. While it’s fresh off the grill all is right in the little corner of umami-sparked heaven. Find it: 1003 Locust St., 515-248-1780,

Royal Mile: Take a tall wooden seat. Reflect on the night. Perhaps you did that thing where you went out for an after work happy hour, then called your best pal to meet you down the street, who called their love interest and the one hour turned into a moveable multiple-hour party. Now you’re more than too many in. Soak it all up with one epic sandwich. The grilled cheese to swallow all other grilled cheese. Mouth meet Cheese Sammy at The Royal Mile. Break through the toasted wheatberry bread to slices of cheddar, swiss and a crunchy, fried slab of mozzarella. It’s a deep-fried version of an already carbed-up sandwich. Find it: 210 Fourth St. 515-280-3771,

Americana: Commitment isn’t your thing. Halfway into a project, such as eating a grilled cheese sandwich from Americana, and you want to change it up. Switch the flavors and cater to different taste buds. The $18 all-you-can-eat Bombshell Brunch is right up your Western Gateway alley. Ready for business in the bustling weekend brunch line is the grilled cheese station with your momentary personal chef grilling to your liking. Thick Texas toast can bury the cheese, so be sure to add multiple cheese slices. Tomato soup for a savory dunking pool completes the metamorphosis of scrumptious. Saturday brunch: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Find it: 1312 Locust St., 515-283-1312,

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