Chances are, as a kid you loved grilled cheese sandwiches, but for some reason you just stopped eating them as you grew older. Often considered a childhood favorite, there’s a time in your life when eating a grilled cheese sandwich suddenly becomes socially unacceptable similar to peanut butter and jelly. Luckily, in a culinary city like Las Vegas, the grilled cheese sandwich has matured making it an acceptable option for adults. Here’s a look at five local restaurants that are reinventing the childhood snack and serving some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ll ever have in your life. Sorry mom.
Culinary Dropout At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 522-8100
Arguably Las Vegas’ best gastro pub, it should come as no surprise that this culinary “rebel child” known for its uniform-free staff and relaxed ambiance serves some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the city. One of the restaurant’s most popular menu items, the grilled cheese sliders are made on buttered toast with bacon and tomato and served with homemade fries. Priced at $12, the trio of bite-sized sandwiches are perfect for sharing or guests can enjoy them all to themselves as an entrée. For the ultimate grilled cheese experience, be sure to pair the tasty sliders with one the pub’s rotating seasonal craft beers.
Della’s Kitchen At Delano Las Vegas
3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-9444
This cozy kitchen is home to one of the Strip’s best grilled cheese sandwiches. Della’s serves a combination of classics, comfort food and seasonal specialties centered on fresh, locally sourced ingredients for breakfast and lunch.  Its signature toasted cheese panini features melted cheddar cheese sandwiched between golden white bread and is accompanied by a thick house-made tomato soup for dipping. A version of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s, for which the eatery and the hotel were named, favorite sandwich, it is priced at $14.
Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar At Red Rock Resort
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 797-7344
Famed Light Group chef Brian Massie’s first off-Strip restaurant, this new Summerlin eatery is quickly becoming known for its scrumptious seasonal fare as well as its selection of roasted dishes cooked in two hearth ovens imported from Italy. Grilled cheese fans are sure to love the restaurant’s roasted tomato bisque which comes with a grilled cheese sandwich made on wood-roasted rustic bread with chorizo aioli, salami and cheese scraps. For a flavorful twist on the old favorite, be sure to try the baked ricotta with truffle honey, black pepper and Gouda which guests can spread on slices of wood-fired bread at their table.
Honey Salt
1031 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(702) 445-6100
This Summerlin hot spot is known for its innovative farm-to-table menu, which utilizes regional ingredients to make some of the most delectable dishes in town. One of those dishes is the delightful beehive smoked cheddar grilled cheese. Available for lunch and Sunday brunch, the sandwich is made with rustic sourdough and a cheesy truffle fondue and comes with a side of heirloom squash soup. Priced at $13, one bite and you’ll be sure to return again and again for the afternoon treat no matter what side of town you live on.
Michael Mina Pub 1842 At MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-3922
This American-style pub inspired by celebrity chef Michael Mina offers guests two delicious ways to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich. During its happy hour Tuesday through Monday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests can dig in to Pub 1842’s lobster grilled cheese for only $9. One of the small plate options, the savory dish is made with Maine lobster and Vermont white cheddar and comes with roasted garlic fries. During lunch and dinner the pub also serves its lobster grilled cheese sandwich as a starter dish for $18 accompanied by Mina’s tomato soup.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at