Cheese, Please: Best Unique Grilled Cheese in Lake County

April 12, 2016  is National Grilled Cheese Day. In honor of America’s favorite sandwich, we searched Lake County for the best, most unique, and fun grilled cheese sandwiches. According to our readers and writers, here are our top picks:

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Most Unique Grilled Cheese in Lake County

45 North 
43441 N. Route 45, Antioch  | (847) 838-7004

45 North Bar and Grill presents the ultimate grilled cheese. They serve swiss, cheddar, American and brie cheese on multi-grain bread with a hint of apricot preserves. Yum!

Editors Note- Closed permanently. 

Somethings Brewing
1126 E. Washington, Grayslake  | (847) 543-1600
82 E. Center Street, Grayslake  | (847) 543-8600
What is great about the sandwich here is that you can pick your cheese, pick your bread, add bacon, or any other ingredient you see from their menu and build your own creation.

Photo Credit Somethings Brewing Facebook page

412 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville  | (847) 984-2599
Our editor, Jennifer recommends the short rib grilled cheese on their menu.

Frank’s Karma Cafe
203 S. Main Street, Wauconda  | (847) 487-2037
While their daily specials often change, recently for lent, they have featured a roasted pepper and Chihuahua Cheese grilled on Cheddar Serrano Beer and Onion Bread. Sounds divine!

Credit Franks Karma Cafe Facebook page
Editors Note- Frank’s Karma Cafe closed but is now running Ella Bonella’s Cafe in Barrington. 
Epic Deli
2616 Schaid Ct. McHenry | (815) 271-5204
Recommended by LLC reader Allysha, it’s technically in McHenry County, but is super close to the border and has an eclectic menu worth checking out. This restaurant was also featured on an episode of Chicago’s Best. They have two sandwiches that are grilled cheese-ish. One is the “Plain White Cheese” made with mozzarella, provolone, avocado, pepper jack, and tomato. This sandwich was created by Tom Higginson of the band Plain White Tees.
Toasty Cheese
Ka$h Money: A vegetarian option with Provolone and White American cheese, a creamy ranch, apple and cabbage slaw, Blue cheese and Frank’s Red Hot Wing sauce on country white bread! Photo source Toasty Cheese on Facebook
Toasty Cheese
Follow on Facebook to find the mobile spot of the day | (847) 350-9774
New locations: 951 West Wise Rd., Schaumburg
We can’t talk grilled cheese without mentioning Toasty Cheese. The Mobile food truck specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and can be found all over the county. The just opened a not-so-mobile eatery in Schaumburg but you can still find the truck out and about around Lake County.  You can find inspiration to up your grilled cheese game in their sandwich gallery, duck bacon anyone?

Did we miss any? Tell us your favorite grilled cheese in Lake County.


About Jenna Burris 27 Articles
Jenna is an active wife and mom of 2 game changers (Benjamin 5 years and Jillian 2 years). A professional Counselor by trade, Antioch resident and native Cheesehead, this mindful momma is laid back and up for any mess or adventure, doing her best to live in the moment. When not tuning out or taming tantrums she’s running, cooking, reading, creating music, or shopping local.

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