What makes the best grilled cheese?
This grilled cheese sandwich from Mitchell St. Pub & Cafe was mentioned most often by local residents as the best grilled cheese sandwich. Ingredients include: ciabatta artisan bread, garlic butter, a blend of cheeses, onions and tomatoes. (G. RANDALL GOSS/NEWS-REVIEW / April 12, 2013)
Local residents named Mitchell St. Pub & Cafe in Petoskey most often, as the best place to find a grilled cheese sandwich.
Petoskey resident Jerry Sullivan called Mitchell St. Pub's sandwich, "The best in town." Ciabatta artisan bread is spread with garlic butter, filled with cheeses, tomatoes and onions, then grilled.
The sandwich has been a signature item on the menu for almost 30 years, according to owner Larry Rochon. The pub's bartender Greg Waterman always recommends the grilled cheese to new customers. Though their signature version includes onions, cheeses and tomatoes, customers may add sauteed mushrooms or ham to it.
Other Petoskey establishments whose grilled cheese sandwiches were touted included: Roast & Toast, Southwoods Pub & Grill, American Spoon and City Park Grill. In Harbor Springs, the nod went to the Garden Cafe at Pond Hill Farm. In Boyne City, Water Street Cafe, the Boyne River Inn and Thick 'n Juicy were mentioned.
Megan Fischer, of Harbor Springs, said, "Roast & Toast has a grilled cheese with pesto and tomato that is to die for!"
Grilled cheese sandwiches have been on the Roast & Toast's menu for only about three years, according to owner Mary Keedy. The secret to the sandwich's success is the homemade pesto with fresh basil and the bread that they bake fresh every day. They use Muenster and cheddar cheeses in the sandwich. Customers may add bacon or avocado to it.
Emily Stratton, from Alanson, likes the Parmesan crusted grilled cheese from the Garden Cafe at Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. The sandwich is filled with gooey Swiss and havarti cheeses, with tomatoes and basil. Nichole Bearden, of East Jordan, adds bacon to her favorite grilled cheese on Texas toast from Thick 'n Juicy in Boyne City.
Here are some local residents' thoughts on what makes a great grilled cheese sandwich.
Heidi Ferguson MacNicol, of Ellsworth, likes her grilled cheese with smoked Gouda, Muenster and tomato.
Bruce Reid, of Charlevoix, adds Wisconsin's sweet mustard to his grilled cheese.
Drew YoungeDyke, of Central Lake, makes his sandwich with Wonder bread, Kraft American cheese singles and butter.
"No need to get fancy. It's grilled cheese," he said.