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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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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Star Wars Menus: #TheForceAwakens with 8 Star Wars Dishes + Drinks

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There’s a disturbance in the Force. In case you haven’t been close to a screen, browsed the Internet, walked the aisles of your grocery store, or talked to anyone, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out today. The Force Awakens picks up more than three decades after The Return of the Jedi left off. There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen in the seventh installment in the saga, but one thing is for certain: it’s going to be a massive box office smash. Its release has spurred a number of culinary Jedi to find inspiration from the iconic trilogy. (Let’s just pretend the prequels never happened.) and create Star Wars menus for fans of the force.

Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, California
Like a tractor beam pulling you in, you won’t be able to resist this Star Wars themed off-menu mignardise board by pastry chef Josh Graves. Feel the Force awaken in you while savoring a chocolate Millennium Falcon, white chocolate Stormtrooper, a caramel-filled dark chocolate Darth Vader, an absinthe candy lightsaber, a Death Star bonbon, and a Han Solo frozen in carbonite, erm, dark chocolate. Thankfully, he decided not to include a Jabba the Hutt gummy.

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The Lot, San Diego, California
The Lord of the Sith inspired pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny to create this Dark Side Chocolate Cake layered with raspberries and blackberries. Only at the end of eating it do you realize the power of the Dark Side. Which means you might have to order another slice. Consider it part of your training to become a Sith lord.

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Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Think you geek out about Star Wars? You’ve got nothing on chef Cathal Armstrong, who binge watches the saga with his son over Christmas break every year. To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, he is serving Aunt Beru’s Fennel Soup as an amuse bouche through December. When A New Hope was being filmed in 1976 in Tunisia, the prop masters were tasked with coming up with a soup that Luke’s aunt would make on Tatooine. Fennel was relatively unknown in the States at that time, so it was chosen as a vegetable that could conceivably be utilized in a galaxy far, far away.

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Little Goat Bakery, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard offers Wookie Pies, which take their name from Han Solo’s bowcaster-toting compadre Chewbacca. Or, as Princess Leia calls him, a “big walking carpet.” The pies are formed by sandwiching a pair of chocolate cakes sandwich around a generous slather of chocolate cream. Since Chewie is known for getting in trouble for always thinking with his stomach, we’re certain he’d love them.

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The 9 Happiest Happy Hours #friendsgettogether

At the end of a long day in the office, nothing makes us happier than, well, happy hour. Drink deals and economical eats help all the stress of the day fade away. But not all happy hours were created equal. Some spots go above and beyond to give their guests bigger bargains, better beverages or bites, or more time to take advantage of specials. Here are the 9 happiest happy hours around the nation.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Washington, D.C.
From 3-5PM, you can enjoy half-priced draft beers and wine by the glass at the bar, in the lounge, or on the patio. But that’s just the beginning. The ‘Family Meal’ bar bites menu – a collaborative effort from the entire kitchen team – is available all night long. Check the restaurant’s Instagram feed to find out the latest offerings, which might include chicken yakitori, cojita cheese empanadas, and blue cheese, pear, and arugula flatbread.

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La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Miami, Florida
It’s five o’clock somewhere when this happy hour starts at 3 o’clock. It lasts for three hours, during which time guests have their choice of drink specials – including $6 pisco sours and gin gimlets – and plenty of piqueos (small bites), like cebiches, empanadas, and crispy yucca croquettes.

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URBN Coal Fired Pizza, San Diego, California
Running Mondays through Thursday from 4-6PM, this happy hour hooks ‘za lovers up with a small two-topping pizza with every pitcher of beer they buy. If you’re in the mood for something stronger, signature cocktails are only $8, including the High Tea made with Earl Grey-infused Martin Miller’s gin.

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Lusca, Atlanta, Georgia
Sando fans want to sit at the bar or raw bar on a Friday or Saturday night from 5-7PM, because it’s only then and there that they can access the happy hour sandwich specials. There’s the lobster roll with tomalley mayo and drawn butter and a double patty burger topped with cheddar and American cheeses. But plan on getting there early because there’s only about 20 of each available — and they go quickly.

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