Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese from 7 local spots

Ashley Mac's grilled cheese pull
Not to be cheesy, but this grilled cheese looks un-brie-lievable. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Is there anything better than chowing down on a gooey grilled cheese? I didn’t think so, and apparently, everyone else agrees—that’s why today’s National Grilled Cheese Day. Looking for a place to celebrate with a grilled cheese in Birmingham? We did the hard work of rounding up local favorites, so all you need to do is make lunch plans.

1. MELT is one of our top spots to get a grilled cheese in Birmingham

Melt mac and cheese grilled cheese
This mac and cheese grilled cheese looks so gouda. Photo via MELT

Say goodbye to the days where a grilled cheese sandwich was simply a slice of cheese melted between two pieces of bread. MELT puts a twist on your classic favorites with options like a mac & cheese egg roll and a grilled cheese full of mac & cheese (my go-to).

  • Avondale Location: 4105 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222 | Hoover Location: 5219 Peridot Place, Suite 3 Hoover, Alabama 35244
  • Avondale Hours: Wednesday 11AM-2PM, 5PM-8PM | Thursday-Sunday 11AM-2PM, 5PM-close | Hoover Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:30AM-9PM
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2. Crestline Bagel Company

Crestline Bagel Company grilled cheese
Cheese Louise, this grilled cheese on homemade focaccia bread with tomato soup looks good. Photo via Crestline Bagel Company

You probably already love Crestline Bagel Company for breakfast, but have you tried their grilled cheese? If you want to amp up the cheesiness, try the grilled cheese with tomato soup—yum.

  • Mountain Brook Location: 66 Church St B, Mountain Brook, AL 35213 | Cahaba Heights Location: 4117 Crosshaven Dr #5230, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243 | Downtown Location: 1500 1st Ave N Suite 31, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Mountain Brook + Cahaba Heights Hours: Monday-Friday 6AM-2PM | Saturday-Sunday 7AM-2PM | Downtown Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-2PM
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3. Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint

Jack Brown's grilled cheese
It doesn’t get feta than this. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Of course, you can get a mouthwatering burger at Jack Brown’s, but today’s the perfect day to try the Frankie Brady. This grilled cheese comes with homemade mac & cheese and BBQ potato chips, and you can wash it all down with a beer.

4. Paramount sells delicious grilled cheese in Birmingham

Arcade games. Refreshing cocktails. A grilled cheese with three cheeses and a savory tomato jam. Yep, they’ve got it all at Paramount.

5. Ashley Mac’s

Ashley Mac's grilled cheese
This cheese pull looks grate. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Ashley Mac’s is one of my favorite spots to grab lunch with friends, so you can bet I’m planning to grab a sandwich there this week.

6. Diplomat Deli is a great choice for grilled cheeses in Birmingham

Diplomat Deli grilled cheese with chili
I’ll stop the world and melt with Diplomat Deli’s grilled cheese. Photo via Diplomat Deli

I have fond memories of enjoying lunches with my family at Diplomat Deli as a kid (and staring in wonder at the different soda bottles on the shelves). Their menu includes all the grilled cheeses and other warm sandwiches you need for a kid-at-heart meal.

  • Location: 1425 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11AM-7PM | Sunday 11AM-3PM
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7. Al’s Deli & Grill

Al's Deli & Grill
Al’s Deli and Grill. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Al’s Deli & Grill is known for its combination of delicious Mediterranean entrees like falafel and American entrees like their famous “bakers.” No matter what you order, you can add a grilled cheese to celebrate this holiday.

What’s your favorite place to grab a grilled cheese in Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow on Facebook and Instagram, or @Now_Bham on Twitter.

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