world’s best grilled cheese sandwich

You wanna know the truth? Last weekend I was sorta a bad food blogger. There I was, in one of the greatest foodie cities ever, and silly ol’ me only took one darn food photo the entire time.

I’m sorry. Can you forgive me? Honestly, I was too busy drinking margaritas, getting my toes done, shopping and sucking barbecue sauce off my pinky finger. But isn’t that what a vacation is about? It felt marvelous.

However, let me offer you this photo of the best grilled cheese sandwich in the entire world. It hails from the Blue Star Cafe and it completely rocked my world. Since you weren’t there to enjoy it with me, let me describe it to you in all of it’s cheesy glory. Picture two perfectly toasted slices of thick sourdough bread (most likely drenched in butter, or at least one can hope), stuffed with melting swiss, provolone, cheddar and gorgonzola cheese. The sandwich is served alongside fruit chutney and tangy dijon mustard.

It’s worth every single last crumb and if you ever are in Austin, I highly recommend stopping. Heck, this grilled cheese is pretty much worth the cost of the flight alone.

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  • Daisy
    March 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Well if there was one photograph to be taken, that was it. I <3 Grilled Cheese!

  • Xaarlin
    March 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    That looks delicious!

  • Marci
    March 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    We love Blue Star too. They have a great brunch menu. Funky part of town, but isn’t everywhere in Austin funky? So many great places to eat. Where else did you eat?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You have just triggered a mad craving for a grilled cheese sandwich over here. I think I know what I’m having for dinner!

  • betsy
    March 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    omfg. you’re gonna have to recreate that and give us the recipe.

    i checked out blue star’s website and want to eat everything on their menu. crispy artichoke hearts? yes please.

  • Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    March 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Looks amazing! Grilled cheese is my favorite! It looks like they cut it into strips too…better for dipping into the mustard! Yum!

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    March 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing…but even better are the “sauces” I see to the side. I LOVE sauces to dip my sandwich bites into or even more heavenly, dipping sweet potato fries in (my fave!!).

    This past week I have been on a sandwich kick! Picture this….toasted bread slathered in my special sauce (mayo based, of course), romaine lettuce, sliced tomato (sans seeds/mush :), carmelized onions & crispy hormone-free bacon!! Ohhh….heaven. I very much want to take a picture of it & blog it….but once it’s made, I simply can’t take the time. It must reach my mouth!! πŸ™‚

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  • Jenny
    March 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I love grilled cheese sandwiches! THAT LOOKS AMAZING!:)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    That grilled cheese does look might tasty!!

  • Lisa
    March 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve been seriously craving grilled cheese for awhile now. I almost ordered it at the BBQ restaurant I was in in Tucson but I just couldn’t pass up brisket!

  • Sana
    March 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    The manfriend is going to A&M next year and I just sent him this link to try. I wish I could go!

  • Cara
    March 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    mmm i love this sandwich! glad you could enjoy it. i hope you had a great time in Austin!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    March 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    “Grilled” and “Cheese” must be two of the best words in the English language!

  • Lola
    March 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Yummy grilled cheese!! I want one now!!!!! with a bowl of your tomato soup hahahahah
    They say the simplest food is the hardest to make perfect, but that sandwich sounds pretty damn perfect!!

  • jenna
    March 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    looks amazing!!!!

    slow…your hair looks great!! i love the cut!

  • Kiran
    March 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    The sandwich looks delicious! I miss living in Austin πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    That definitely looks like the best. Holy cow.

  • LIsa
    March 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Grilled cheese sandwiches would have to be one of my all time favourites. So simple yet so delicious πŸ™‚

  • Michelle Collins
    March 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’d go anywhere for a good grilled cheese sandwich. This looks delicious!

  • Liz @ IHeartVegetables
    March 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Ohhh now I’m craving grilled cheese!!! Nothing like grilled cheese & tomato soup! Classic πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    March 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    As long as you enjoyed your vacation, that’s all that matters! πŸ™‚

    That does look like one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich!!! Glad you could share that picture with us! YUM!

  • Amanda B.
    March 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I used to live so close to Blue Star!! Oh how I miss that place – great food, great prices and super nice staff. Sounds like you visited Hello Cupcake too – that was walking distance from my house…you can imagine how tempting it was to go every day.

  • The Teenage Taste
    March 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Your description of the sandwich is making me drool! I can almost taste the grilled cheese. Almost.
    I need to go to Blue Star Cafe STAT!

  • Mary Catherine
    March 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Blue Star is yummy! I just discovered a Baptiste yoga studio right next door {Breath & Body} that I’m living at right now. Love that part of town!

  • Ruth
    March 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    The sandwich looks awesome. Just the thought of tyring to recreate it this weekend makes up for the lack of other food photos!

  • Jen
    March 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I feel like I’ve been seeing WAY too many pictures of melted cheese lately. I don’t think it’s helping my already existing obsession. Did you know that there’s a restaurant in Toronto dedicated solely to making different varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches? I saw it on the blog “The Great Balancing Act.” I was so jealous when I read about it. Melted cheese = love.

  • Blaire
    March 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Hey Jenna! Where is your dress from? Love it!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Oh. my. yum.

  • Kristin @ KristinEats
    March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    You are hilarious! I just found your blog and feel like we are long lost best friends. Not in a creepy way. I can’t wait to keep reading all of the fun stuff you have to say.

  • Dominique
    March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I’m not crazy about grilled cheese sandwiches (lactose-intolerant and cheese is a big trigger for me) but my boyfriend is crazy about grilled cheese sandwiches. I told him about this one and he’s all for it except he asked about the homemade ketchup. It’s from a restaurant in Montreal (Olive et Gourmando) that serves a grilled cheese with homemade ketchup and he was sold. Nothing has compared to that sandwich ever since.

  • Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I’m slightly upset this wasn’t posted sooner because I’ve been to Austin these last three weekends and now I can’t stop drooling after seeing that photo. *Wipes drool* Next time.

  • Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    March 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    A perfect grilled cheese is hard to master…sign me up!

  • sarah (sarah learns)
    March 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    mmm, i love anything cheesy and this looks absolutely fabulous! yum!

  • Chelsea
    March 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    That looks so good! I live in Dallas, so luckily a trip to Austin would be a very reasonable idea ;p
    Random thought, but your hair looks super cute!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    March 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Y’know I was thinking if one’s job is a blogger – then is there an expectation to produce consistently daily…?

    And then I thought – it would have to be like every other job – there should be vacations and breaks.

    And you should do what you want and feel in your heart.

    Besides, photographing everything and having to stop and apply everything you see and do in life? That’s really NOT living in the moment.

    ..and thanks a lot – now I want to go to Austin for cheese. And bread. Melted.

  • Ida
    March 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Grilled cheese and chutney sounds genius! I need to plan an austin trip pronto

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    March 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    That does sound like the perfect grilled cheese! I love anything with gorgonzola…and fruit compote? That is gorgonzola’s perfect match!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    March 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    there is a direct correlation between how good a sandwich is and what shape it is cut into

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
    March 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    …and I have officially added it to my “restaurants to try” list.

    Unfortunately, since I DO live in Austin…that list is VERY VERY long…

  • Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan)
    March 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Two words: Mouth. Watering. πŸ˜€

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    March 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    A recreation of this grilled cheese sandwich of God-given buttery, melted goodness has just been added to my must-do list. Now if I can only break myself away from staring at it long enough…

  • songbird
    March 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm


  • Lauren
    March 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Not much is better than a perfect grilled cheese!

  • Molly
    March 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Why hasn’t anyone commented yet on how hilarious the picture of you and Adam is? Looks like he took the last bite of your grilled cheese.

  • Susan
    March 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I’ve recently rekindled my love of grilled cheese at the Fig Cafe. Theirs has grilled onions and grainy mustard on it. And the fries are really good!

  • dee
    March 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    oh my goshness. i thought that the picture of the grilled cheese by itself was gorgeousness, but dude your description of the sandwich? priceless! πŸ˜€

  • jennifer
    March 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm GOSH ! i live in austin & have long claimed this as the best grilled cheese sandwich, um, ever…and now i feel even more justified !! thank you.

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    March 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Lucky for me I live in Austin! Yee haw!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    March 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Grilled cheese (and tomato soup) is my fave. Can’t go wrong.

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    March 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    That looks so good! It makes me want to make grilled cheese for lunch tomorrow…I just might πŸ™‚

  • Moni'sMeals
    March 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    gonna have to agree, based on the looks of that sandwich!

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    March 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Grilled cheese is defiantly one of my top five guilty pleasures. So delicious!

  • jenny
    March 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Sorry Jenna! But the world’s best grilled cheese resides in Cambridge, MA at Crema Cafe! Monterey Jack & Gruyere with avocado, caramelized onions, and bacon – OMG!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    March 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Maybe subconsciously, you realized that nothing else would compare to the grilled cheese and so just stopped with that. πŸ˜‰

    That is one mean looking grilled cheese. Yum! πŸ˜€

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    March 22, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Ok, now I am craving a grilled cheese… thanks Jenna πŸ™‚
    That looks SO GOOD!!!!!!

  • Katrina
    March 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Grilled cheese is so darn good, but I’ve never ordered it in a restaurant before. I’m always worried it will be hard, or plain tasting. I need to expand my grilled cheese tasting horizon, and you have inspired me!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

    You described it perfectly. Even though I JUST had breakfast, I am literally drooling. Delish!

  • sonia
    March 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Lovely post…. !

  • Becky
    March 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The best grilled cheese in the world is actually from a cart in Borough Market, in London (the cart is called Kappacasein). Really. I’ve eaten them in every corner of the globe, and that’s the best.

  • katie
    March 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    That looks amazing!!!!!

    U and Adam are so flipping cute!!!!!

  • Kara
    March 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I’ve been to Blue Star about two dozen times and never even thought of trying the grilled cheese sammie! I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. Thinking of going for lunch today…

    Thanks for the tip!

  • MMiller
    March 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I went to First Watch for a late breakfast today! I looked at the menu and saw a grilled 5 cheese sandwich and had to order it after reading your post! It was amazing! Swiss, Havarti, Monterrey Jack and Cheddar on Parmesan crusted sourdough bread! So So good! Never would have ordered it if I hadn’t just read your post!

  • Katie @
    March 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Love grilled cheese sandwiches! Especially the ones with butter stacked upon butter! Yum!

  • Micaela
    May 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I have never read a more glorious description of a grilled cheese sandwich! haha I’m not that big a fan of grilled cheese, but you made me want to eat one! Sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  • Dana
    March 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    That looks insanely good!! Love your hair!

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