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A Tour De Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Hoboken

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Let’s face it, grilled cheese is one of those classic American staples. Fun fact: the sandwich in the USA originated in the Great Depression period, due to the ingredients being so inexpensive. But now, cheap or expensive, it’s all about the cheesy goodness of what goes between those two slices of crispy, buttery bread. Whether you prefer the one your mother made when you were a child, the one at 2:00AM after a few rounds of drinks, or the one you order off a kid’s menu, that simple sandwich often hits the spot.

There are plenty of spots around Hoboken that offer the “delicacy” but in a high volume, cheesy market, but it’s seemingly impossible to know which one to choose. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a few options — from the simpler choices to those with a little more substance. Keep reading to discover 10 must-try grilled cheese sandwiches in Hoboken.  

Spa Diner {74 Hudson Street} — For the “feels like home” classic grilled cheese — and $2.95 to boot.

spa diner grilled cheese

Thousands of people walk by this little spot every day on their way to work as it sits right around the corner from the train, bus, PATH, and ferry stations. To add on to the convenience of the location, it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes delivery.

Spa Diner’s classic grilled cheese brings it back to that comfort food feeling. The first bite hits you and it’s like you’re back home in your kitchen, enjoying a snack with your family. There’s is so much butter, it should be illegal — but we’re not mad {and perhaps it could just be the right amount of butter}. After conducting some “research” around a few “takeout” spots in town, Spa Diner’s resonated the best, most homemade taste. Thanks, butter.

Price: $2.95

See More: 12 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Hoboken

The Madison Bar and Grill {1316 Washington Street} — For when you want something EXTRA.

the madison grilled cheese

Usually, a remake of a classic is not always the best. Movies, songs, tv shows — often hit or miss. The Madison Bar and Grill is known as one of the best spots to grab a drink uptown. The atmosphere and quality crowd are usually what draw customers in but the food menu may be the real treat. Introducing the short rib grilled cheese. White cheddar, Texas toast, with a side of fries, and tomato bisque. The sandwich itself could stand alone as a great meal but the side of tomato bisque is the key. The grilled cheese, tomato soup combination is a common one but the bisque served with the sandwich is delightful. Be sure to get a dip in for every bite.

Price: $13

Grubb’s {418 Washington Street} — For the late-night pick-up grilled cheese.

grubbs grilled cheese

Burgers, milkshakes, and sandwiches — a dangerously delicious trifecta. Grubb’s offers basically everything a person could ever drunkenly {or soberly} dream of when the at late-night food cravings hit. There’s an entire section of the menu dedicated to grilled cheese, as well as a few special melts, so you’re in luck {and the cheese is . Place an order and pick up this classic piled high with multiple slices of American cheese on your way home from the bar {or any time of day, honestly, there’s never a bad time for grilled cheese}.

Price: $4.95

Elysian Café {1001 Washington Street} — For a bowl of French onion soup in the form of a grilled cheese.

elysian cafe grilled cheese

One of Hoboken’s best brunch spots has its own twist on the classic sandwich. Diners will bite into toasted sourdough, minced leeks, and onions to compliment the aged cheddar. This sandwich is like biting into the sandwich version of a delicious bowl of French onion soup.

Price: $10.50

Mr. Wraps {741 Grand Street} — For the hidden gem grilled cheese.

mr wrapps grilled cheese

Mr. Wraps is a classic sub sandwich shop that is tucked away off 8th and Garden street. Be sure to check out its vast menu of sandwiches and, of course, wraps. The slogan is “gourmet on the run” and if the rest of the menu is anything like their savory + extra cheesy grilled cheese, we will be back.

Price: $7.50

Johnny Rockets {134 Washington Street} — For the 1950s grilled cheese.

johnny rockets grilled cheese

Another spot that is open late, Johnny Rocket’s — yes, a chain, but this grilled cheese gets the job done. The allure is definitely the atmosphere of the 1950s-style seating as well as the idea of pairing the sandwich with a milkshake. Bring a few nickels and pop them into the table’s jukebox to play some tunes bite after bite.

Price: $5.49

Panera Bread {310 Washington Street} — For the grilled cheese with free WiFi.

panera grilled cheese

Made with thick bread and lightly toasted, this sandwich is for the customer who is looking for a little less crunch. This convenient midtown location in Hoboken is also an excellent spot to get some studying or work done with a solid WiFi signal. The warm atmosphere, WiFi, and a solid grilled cheese make for a pretty good + tasty afternoon. Remote workers and Steven’s students, rejoice.

Price: $6.99 

Read More: A Hoboken Food Walking Tour: Your Guide to Restaurants {Historical Edition}

Bareburger {515 Washington Street} — For the kid and also an adult-friendly option.

bareburger grilled cheese

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Bareburger may be more suitable for the parent looking to grab their child a quick meal, but don’t overlook the tasty grilled cheese option at this local eatery. For the kid’s meal option with a relaxed ambiance, the “Polar Cubby Meal” includes the melted cheese on eight-grain toast, a drink, and a side — a grab and go meal for a great price. 

Price: $8.99

Black Rail Coffee {800 Jackson Street} — For the must-try sandwich of the month.

black rail coffee grilled cheese

{Photo credit: @blackrailcoffee}

This Light Rail spot has announced its sandwich of the month — a savory “Grilled-Kim-Cheese” sandwich with grilled kimchi, ham, and melted Gruyère on toasted sourdough bread. If this sandwich isn’t a must-try before the month is over, not sure what is. {Fun fact: Every sandwich at Black Rail is delicious — get yourself over there, STAT — and they just announced that they’ll be open on Sundays going forward, woo!}.

Price: $8.75

Have you tried one of these delicious grilled cheeses in the Mile Square? Let us know in the comments!


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Michael moved to Hoboken in 2015 and works in the area in wealth management. After growing up near the Monmouth County beaches his whole life, Hoboken has become his new home. On any given weekend, you can find him grabbing a coffee at Empire, eating a slice at Benny Tudino’s, or enjoying football Sundays. Keep up with Michael on Instagram @michaelcking.

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