When the beloved Guru hangout Stoney's lost its lease early this year, many of us were at a loss. What would happen to the multitude of police badges? How would we replace Stoney's Ale? And, most importantly, wherever would we find a decent replacement grilled cheese? As faithful readers of "Got Plans?" know, the question of when we'll see Stoney's again has been a weekly topic since before the joint even closed.
News came early this summer that Stoney's was set to reopen in the Logan Circle neighborhood in early August. That opening has been postponed several times, but we are hopeful it will happen sometime in late October. Luckily, there are more than a couple local spots to get your fill of good grilled cheese while we wait for Stoney's management to mount badges on the wall and get the new P Street location in order.
Georgetown University mainstay the Tombs offers a simple grilled cheese with cream of tomato soup ($7.95), a fortunate pairing on a chilly day. Both branches of Bourbon do a delicious sandwich of grilled American cheese ($5) that can be enjoyed with a side of tomato soup ($4 extra).
At the two locations of Luna Grill, the grilled cheese arrives on sourdough bread ($5.95). I'm not usually a fan of sourdough, but the sandwich can be gussied up with slices of tomato for $.50 and everything tastes better with a side of sweet potato fries. If it's a comforting favorite you seek, the Diner's grilled cheese is a quality stand-in. It's most often ordered with sliced tomatoes, but I like it as is.
In the tradition of the West Coast's In-N-Out, Five Guys does a decently greasy grilled cheese on a bun that can be customized with any burger toppings.
If you think there's simply no replacement for Stoney's super grilled cheese, give Tunnicliff's Tavern on the Hill a shot. Created by a member of the Stoney's family, this menu has a sandwich that rivals the original. With onion, tomato and bacon on a slab of Texas toast, it's one satisfying substitute.
Granted, none of these offer the full amenities of Stoney's, but won't that make the real grilled cheese (and the reopening) that much better?
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