Cheese? Please! 11 Epic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches #ultimatecomfortfood

When temperatures start to dip and the days stay darker longer, there is nothing we crave more than grilled cheese sandwiches. They’re a welcome throwback to the days when mom would griddle one for us as a snack on chilly school day afternoons. But the sandwiches of today go way beyond the two slices of Wonderbread and preternaturally orange American cheese of yesteryear. Chefs are transforming the humble sandwich by using fantastic fromage and A+ add-ons. Here are 11 epic grilled cheese sandwiches.

Ripple, Washington, D.C.
Any sandwich called the Quack Attack is automatically cool in our book. This beyond epic concoction is rich with Cambozola, an indulgent combination of French soft-ripened triple cream cheese, and Gorgonzola. As if that wasn’t enough for quack addicts, there’s also duck prosciutto and a sunny side up duck egg. Make a reservation at Ripple.

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Murray’s Cheese, New York, New York
There’s only one word to describe this grilled cheese: amazeballs. Yes, that’s really a word. Look it up. The Spaniard oozes with Idiazabal, a smoky, nutty sheep milk cheese from Spain (duh!), which is complemented by Serrano ham, spicy chorizo, roasted red peppers, and romesco sauce. Make a reservation at Murray’s Cheese.

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Big City Tavern, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Better bring your appetite if you want to take down this bad boy. A shroud of melted Provolone is draped over a mound of shaved ribeye perked up with zingy horseradish mayo and sweet caramelized onions. A bib isn’t required, but it is encouraged. Make a reservation at Big City Tavern.

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Buddy V’s, Las Vegas, Nevada
You can eat this Italian grilled cheese with a fork and knife. Not that we’re recommending you do that; we’re all about getting our hands dirty. Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s sandwich features fried mozzarella and sits in a pool of tomato ragu and Genovese pesto that’s perfect for dipping. Make a reservation at Buddy V’s.

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Delicatessen, New York, New York
Chef Michael Ferraro didn’t want to simply use a few hole-y slices of Swiss for his Reuben riffing grilled cheese, so he substituted in four cheese mac ‘n’ cheese. Yes, you read that correctly. Of course, there’s also braised corned beef, sauerkraut, and pickles. It might not be what your zeyde (grandfather) grew up eating, but it’s a sandwich worthy of a new generation of deli-goers. Make a reservation at Delicatessen.

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Brick & Mortar Kitchen, Richmond, Texas
Get a little bit of the South in your mouth. Plump with pimento cheese, this sandwich epitomizes everything we love about comfort food from below the Mason-Dixon line. And, it comes with a bowl of tomato basil soup, which is a million times better than anything you ever got out of a Campbell’s can. Make a reservation at Brick & Mortar Kitchen.

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Healthy Eating Trends: Top Restaurants for Your New Year’s Resolution

Just because you made a resolution to rid yourself of those holiday pounds off doesn’t mean you can’t have fun when eating out. From the crunch of kimchi-topped sweet potato fries with cashew-chipotle drizzle to the panache of whole-roasted fish presented tableside, there’s a lot more than salad and carrot sticks to enliven any January day with these restaurants embracing healthy eating trends to help you stick to your delicious dining New Year resolutions.

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Organic Grill, New York, New York
Business starts booming at the Organic Grill on New Year’s Day. “I think everyone is trying to start their resolutions off right,” jokes owner Julia Chebotar of her family-owned mostly vegan, organic restaurant in East Village. It’s easy to see why if you check out this season’s brunch menu, featuring dishes enticing enough to turn any carnivore’s head (or appetite) — think loaded kimchi sweet-potato fries with cashew chipotle drizzle, cabbage, scallion, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sriracha, and vegan or dairy cheese. Chebotar says she likes to make the January menu fun for those new to a “clean” lifestyle, and anything that features greens like kale or spinach is a big seller, especially the new sweet green + kale frittata. Organic Grill also features an extensive lineup of veggie burgers, organic wild salmon and tilapia, juice cleanses, and raw foods. Make a reservation at Organic Grill.

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Marin Restaurant & Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chef Mike Rankun busts the bluster of Minnesota with California-themed cuisine using local produce. Ham, fig, and blue cheese flatbread on a whole-wheat crust, jerk-spiced pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes, or grass-fed beef tenderloin with potato puree, spinach, and balsamic Cipollini onions may sound like heartier fare, but those counting calories don’t have to fear the pitfalls of dining out — each item on the menu is presented with its nutritional content. Rankun spotlights both small and large plates, and cuts calories and fat year-round by swapping out butter for olive oil and using starchy liquid from ears of corn in lieu of heavy cream to thicken soups. Make a reservation at Marin Restaurant & Bar.

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Puritan & Company, Boston, Massachusetts
It should come as no surprise that Boston chef Will Gilson, whose family owns the Herb Lyceum garden and greenhouse in nearby Groton, puts the focus on fresh in January. Puritan & Company will supplement its normal Sunday brunch menu with BEATNIK juices, a collaboration between father David and son, for everything from energy boosting to detoxifying, cleansing, or just reviving after a night of partying. For those who’ve toasted 2016 with a bit too much spirit, pick hangover cure Beet the Blues, made with beets, blueberries, lemon, and apple and packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber. Make a reservation at Puritan & Company.

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Blowfish Sushi, San Francisco, California
Sushi is always a top choice for the health-conscious year-round, but January is a great time to try something new, says Blowfish Sushi’s Brigid Kealy. One of her favorite dishes — which features no rice — is great for those counting carbs: Tokyo Ceviche. The classic Japanese sunomono (cucumber salad) is topped with fresh crab, shrimp, tuna, and octopus, and then crowned with a mango, grapefruit, and cucumber sorbet made by a local creamery. By highlighting fresh local produce from California farms, Kealy says sushi can be a surprising way to embrace vegetarian options, like miso-marinated eggplant nigiri to potrero veggie roll with two types of tofu, carrot, and asparagus. Make a reservation at Blowfish Sushi.

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SOL Cocina, Scottsdale, Arizona
All preconceptions of overfilled burritos and gooey nachos can be dropped at the door at SOL Cocina, where James Beard-nominated executive chef Deborah Schneider — inspired by her trips just south of Arizona’s borders — maintains a healthy menu of entrees that are wood-grilled or braised in their own juices, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly dishes, beans prepared without fat or oils, and 34 fat-free salsas made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Dressings are created with fresh juices and thickened with ticker-friendly avocado in lieu of eggs or mayonnaise. New seasonal menu additions include tacos (roasted squash or grilled shrimp agave), although, for traditionalists, Schneider says her baked chile relleno (traditionally filled with cheese and fried) feels indulgent without having to make several trips to the gym. Other resolution-friendly hits are the Hot & Raw Ceviche, with fresh citrus, habanero chiles, avocado, and cucumber served with sweet potato and red beet chips. Make a reservation at SOL Cocina.

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January 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Dining Discounts in Your City

Did the holidays leave your wallet a bit light? You can still afford the delicious comfort of dining out this month, thanks to January 2016 restaurant weeks in more than 30 cities.

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* Charleston Restaurant Week returns with special three-course lunches and dinners, from $22 to $49 per person through January 17th. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week South Carolina starts now. Book a table for gourmet prix-fixe meals through January 17th. Make a reservation.

* Sacramento Dine Downtown is on! Don’t miss three-course dinners for just $35 through January 16th. Make a reservation.

* Galveston Restaurant Week brings you the best of Texas for less. Save with $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35, $40, or $45 menus, January 9-23. Make a reservation.

* Providence Restaurant Week starts Monday. Enjoy $14.95 lunches + $29.95 or $34.95 dinners, January 10-23. Make a reservation.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week features steals on meals in Steel City, USA. Book for specially priced three-course menus and $20.15 specialties, January 11-17. Make a reservation.

* Visit Oakland Restaurant Week brings you dozens of delicious Oak Town dinners for $40 January 14-24. Make a reservation.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week is a must with $15-$35 lunches + dinners, January 15-30. Make a reservation.

* Kansas City Restaurant Week offers $15 lunches + $33 dinners, January 15-24. Make a reservation.

* San Diego Restaurant Week features two-course lunches for $10, $15 or $20 and three-course dinners for $20, $30, $40 or $50, January 17-24. Make a reservation.

* Center City District Restaurant Week is twice as nice with $20 lunches + $35 dinners, January 17-29. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Columbus brings you several ways to take advantage of this special week with $20, $25, $30, $35 meals, January 18-23. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge highlights $20, $25, $30, $35 dinners, January 18-23. Make a reservation.

* Clayton Restaurant Week has sublime suppers for just $25, January 18-24. Make a reservation.

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Aspirin Alternatives: 11 Delicious Hangover Cures

We love going out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but the Bacchanalian celebrations come at a high price the next morning. When we wake up – usually cuddling with an empty bottle of Champagne and wearing a glittered covered top hat – our heads feel like they’re going to pop off our shoulders and explode like a well-struck piñata [Ed. note: or like someone in Scanners]. If you’re like us, you will, too, be in need of some solid sustenance and vivifying drinks – stat. Here are 11 delicious hangover cures guaranteed to help you start off the new year in the right frame of mind.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Costa Mesa, California
The French word for hangover remedy is poutine. Okay, that’s not true, but it should be. This take on the classic Canadian comfort food is built on a base of golden frites, which are piled high with stout gravy, melted cheese curds, shredded short rib. And a sunny side up egg. Yes. Just, yes.

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URBN Coal Fired Pizza, San Diego, California
After a long night of endless stems of bubbles, we crave one thing: carbs. And lots of them. That’s why we love this mashed potato-topped pizza. As if that weren’t enough, the buttery peaks of the whipped spuds are crested with bacon and fresh mozzarella. Down one of these, and you’ll be ready for another magnum of Veuve Clicquot.

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Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland
On the day after the last great bender of the year, you might be in the mood for a distinctly non-alcoholic tipple. Enter these zero-proof cocktails: the Malibu Cooler, Pineapple Paradise, Açai Basil Smash, Kale Lemonade, and Cucumber Cooler. Guaranteed to put the pep back in your step. [Photo by Anjali Pinto]

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Myriad Gastro Pub, San Francisco, California
There’s something comforting to the core about shakshuka, a Tunisian breakfast standard featuring eggs poached in tomato sauce. Served in a skillet, it arrives with several pieces of griddle-grilled green onion socca (savory chickpea pancakes), which are perfect for sopping up the last bits. And absorbing alcohol.

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Messhall Kitchen, Los Angeles, California
Nick Offerman would surely approve of the Royal American omelet. It’s made with six eggs and comes atop a Belgian waffle. Then it’s bedecked with Tasso ham, bacon, onions, and a gooey shroud of melted Vermont cheddar. A truly manly breakfast.

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Roofers Union, Washington, D.C.
Executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, an early standout on this season of Top Chef, has the perfect breakfast sandwich for the morning after. A fried chicken thigh smothered in honey-sriracha sauce arrives on a ciabatta bun with a slather of mayo and a few crunchy iceberg leaves. Goes down well with a pint. Or six.

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