Savor National Grilled Cheese Day Rhode Island-Style

From classic comforts to gourmet twists, discover how the Ocean State turns a simple sandwich into an art form


National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12 is an ideal occasion to revel in the ultimate comfort food. The Ocean State boasts an array of grilled cheese variations, from refined classics to culinary wonders, sure to delight even the most discerning tastes. Whether simplicity is your preference or you’re in search of a twist on the familiar, the state's culinary landscape offers something to satisfy all on this day dedicated to cheesy indulgence.

The Bean Barn

Boasting a warm indoor setting and a sunlit patio, The Bean Barn is a cherished spot for grilled cheese lovers. Their menu features the spicy Italian, or the innovative Town Farm, blending tater tots, bacon, and cheese for a unique twist. Coventry,

Beehive Cafe

Those who prefer a cozy atmosphere alongside their comfort food will find solace at The Beehive Cafe. Their grilled cheese includes a classic combo of Vermont cheddar on homemade white bread. For the adventurous, a range of add-ins is available to elevate your sandwich. Bristol,

The Cooked Goose

Known for breakfast and lunch offerings, The Cooked Goose specializes in hearty, homemade meals. Their grilled cheese allows for customization, from classic cheddar to distinctive blue cheese, with optional add-ons. Westerly,

Cru Cafe

Championing craft cafe dining, Cru prioritizes fresh, local ingredients. Their menu includes the pure Just Grilled Cheese with Gruyère, jack, and mozzarella, and the sophisticated Grown-Up Grilled Cheese, featuring a trio of cheeses, bacon, and tomato. Newport,

The Red Stripe

For the perfect grilled cheese and tomato soup pairing, The Red Stripe stands unmatched. Choose from combinations like havarti, prosciutto, poached pear, and basil pesto or Gruyère with braised short rib for a flavor medley that delights. Providence,

Ocean State Sandwich Co.

At times, simplicity reigns supreme. Ocean State Sandwich Co. adheres to the classics, offering abundant American cheese on white bread, grilled to golden perfection – a straightforward, nostalgic choice. Providence,

The Malted Barley

A gem in the downtown area, The Malted Barley offers a spin on the tradition by swapping bread for a pretzel. . Creamy havarti and cheddar on an enticing asiago and parmesan pretzel bun wins over any grilled cheese fan. Providence,

Rhody Roots

For a distinctive spin on the tradition, Rhody Roots excels. Their irresistible offering includes caramelized French onions, thyme-roasted apples, and creamy Gouda, all toasted with herb garlic butter on hearty multigrain bread. They also provide gluten-free options. Warren,

Scratch Kitchen & Catering

Run by a dedicated local sibling duo, Scratch Kitchen & Catering presents a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches. Opt from whole wheat, multigrain, sourdough, or marble rye for your cheesy handheld. Newport,

The Trap

Seeking a pet-friendly spot? The Trap obliges. Their Short Rib Grilled Cheese, a fan favorite, includes succulent braised short rib, portabella mushroom, Swiss cheese, amino sauce, Fontina, and country white bread. East Greenwich,

Union & Main

Vegetable lovers will appreciate Union & Main’s grilled cheese. Packed with roasted asparagus, tomato, arugula, mushroom, sun-dried tomato pesto, and silky whipped burrata on multigrain bread, it’s a wholesome, satisfying option. East Greenwich,


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