What’s better than gobbling up some grilled cheese on National Grilled Cheese Day?
How about scoring a grilled cheese sandwich for free on Wednesday?
O'Donnell's Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester City
O’Donnell’s will offer complimentary samples of its grilled cheese sandwich — the “Luck of the Irish’’ Ham & Grilled Cheese — in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Day on Wednesday — yes, that's the official nationally designated day — between 3 and 7 p.m. during the restaurant’s Happy Hour.
O’Donnell’s is located at 401 North Broadway near the Walt Whitman Bridge.
Chef Darryl Harmon’s creation is no ordinary sandwich.
Luck of the Irish consists of cherry wood smoked ham and a four-cheese blend melted within a grilled rainbow bagel. The sandwich is regularly priced at $10, and comes served with hand-cut fries. The special runs until 7 p.m. or while supplies last.
"When we created this menu, we wanted to have some fun with the more traditional menu items," said Harmon. "We took the classic grilled cheese, added an Irish flare to it, and then changed things up a bit by utilizing a bright colored rainbow bagel. It has been a big seller over the last month since we introduced it, and we figured that National Grilled Cheese Day would be a fantastic opportunity to make those who haven't tried it yet aware of how delicious it is. It's a fantastic sandwich, and our guests seem to also love the fact that it's served on a rainbow bagel."
Formerly known as O'Donnells 1923 Pub & Grill, the eatery now has a new name, new executive chef — Issaka Fofana, formerly of Twenty Manning — new consulting chef and new menu.
Here are five other places that take grilled cheese up a notch in South Jersey (although not for free):
Pop Shop, Collingswood and Medford
With 32 – count ‘em – 32 types of grilled cheese on the Collingswood menu, it is surprising the retro café and creamery did not run out of borough streets to name them after.
Whether you are a purist (order a Collings, classic American cheese on country white) or a real adventurer (Lobster with brie and garlic aioli on sourdough), there are so many options here to tempt you. From chicken fingers to mozzarella sticks to roasted asparagus, almost everything makes an appearance).
The Pop Shop’s Calvert grilled cheese (jack, roast turkey, bacon and avocado on focaccia) is even famous, once featured on The Food Network in a throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Steve’s Grilled Cheese and Quesadilla Company, Glassboro and Glendora
Some like it hot, and Steve’s Firehouse Grilled Cheese turns up the heat for sure.
Turning up the flames on a classic, the Firehouse offers gooey pepper jack and American cheeses with sliced jalapeños and Sriracha, with a Mac n Cheese Bite smashed in the middle for just a little more of the gooey stuff.
Steve’s has several grilled cheese options, as well as other meltdown favorites such as cheesesteaks and, of course, quesadillas.
The eatery also has locations in Ocean City and Sea Isle, should the craving strike.
The Pour House, Westmont
You probably think burgers, beer and buck-a-shuck oysters when you think Pour House, but the craft beer-centric restaurant and bar also serves up a mean grilled cheese.
The Pour House version is for true cheese lovers - Thick sourdough bread, caramelized onions, Fontina, American and Gruyère. You’ll have no trouble from the massive beer menu finding something to pair it with.
The Silver Diner, Cherry Hill
This modern take on a classic diner likes to defy expectations with its menu.
An example is the Grilled Cheese Deluxe, which offers white American, mozzarella, grilled sourdough, served with a side of cranberry orange ginger sauce and veggie slaw with cranberries. You can add nitrate-free bacon, ham or tomato for an extra 99 cents.
Rockhill, Cherry Hill
In addition to pizza, Rockhill aimed to bring more Philly cheesesteaks to the area.
But the restaurant also offers a decidedly regional twist on a cheese steak with its Toasted Pork Roll and Cheese, served for the kid in all of us with a house-made cheese blend on Jewish rye or whole grain.