From the classic grilled cheese on sourdough to one-of-a-kind creations, many Downtown Ithaca’s eateries have your favorite comfort food staple ready to enjoy.
Ithaca Ale House, 111 N. Aurora St.
They claim it’s “the best-grilled cheese you’ll ever have.” It’s made with three kinds of cheese — American, Provolone, and Cheddar and grilled to perfection on crispy rosemary focaccia bread. You can choose any side dish to go with it,, but they highly recommend enjoying it with their cup of tomato soup.
Waffle Frolic, 146 E. State St. (The Commons)
Don’t let the restaurant name fool you. Though Waffle Frolic specializes in making fluffy waffles, they can sure whip up a tasty pressed cheese sandwich. They have a handful of variations. Each is made with Havarti on rustic fresh bread, and then it can come with your choice of roasted garlic and portabella, black forest ham and maple mustard, caramelized onion, apple butter, bacon, roasted turkey and red pepper, spinach, artichoke and kalamata olive spread, artichoke and red pepper and sliced tomato.
You also have an option to substitute with Daiya cheese.
Cafe Dewitt, 215 N. Cayuga St. (Dewitt Mall)
This quaint cafe in the Historic Dewitt Mall puts a fun spin on this classic sandwich. It’s made with local chevre (goat cheese), artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and fig rosemary balsamic vinaigrette on focaccia and toasted to perfection.
College Town Bagel, 203 N. Aurora St.
At this favorite local hangout, you can customize your grilled cheese. The cheese selection includes fresh mozzarella, brief, goat, vegan soy, swiss, cheddar, muenster, American or provolone. Then, choose your bread or bagel (way too many yummy options to list) and your sandwich temperature (hot, cold, pressed or toasted) and your toppings (again, there are many to choose from).
Luna Inspired Street Food 113 N. Aurora St. (Restaurant Row)
Luna checks off all the boxes with its BBQ King Grilled Cheese. This tasty melt includes the restaurant’s popular braised short rib topped with Memphis BBQ, classic slaw, smoked Gouda mac, NY Cheddar, fried onions, pressed bread. Oh, my and yum!
Monks on the Commons, 120 South Aurora St. (Inside the Marriott)
Monks offers a perfect grilled created using black pepper cooper, a one-of-a-kind cheese with sharp flavor, on Buttered Sourdough. And, its served with served with potato chowder — a delicious combination!