A Sandwich a Day: 'Grilled Cheese' at Five Guys

Photo: Carey Jones

In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

So I won't go so far as to say that vegetarians should seek out the grilled cheese sandwich ($2.95) at burger chain Five Guys. But it is better than an awful lot of meatless options out there.

The best parts of a real grilled cheese are the golden brown, just-greasy-enough toasted bread and the totally molten cheesey core, and Five Guys does both right. They turn the bun inside-out so there's maximum white, spongy surface to get griddled; and the ample American gets totally melty, nothing still semi-solid. What's more, almost all of Five Guys's toppings are free, some of which can contribute an awful lot to a sandwich. My recommendation: grilled onions and grilled mushrooms. Embedded in a pool of melted American between two halves up a griddled-up bun, they make for a pretty tasty sandwich—especially for under three bucks.

Five Guys

Various locations (in New York, map)