Five Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Indianapolis

Remember when you were a kid and the best sandwich in the world was grilled cheese? You can revisit those days at several Indiana restaurants. Whether it's the traditional American cheese on white bread or something a little more exotic, here are five excellent places to snag a piece of gooey goodness.

5) Tom and Chee.

A new chain located primarily in the Midwest, Tom and Chee at Trader's Point is where your inner child goes for lunch. Featured on The Chew, Man vs. Food and Shark Tank, Tom and Chee is known for its Fancy Grilled Cheese Donuts. With nine different grilled cheese doughnuts to choose from, you're sure to find something you like. And if you don't want a doughnut as your bread, you can custom-build your own sandwich--choose from five breads (including gluten-free), five cheeses, five fancy cheeses (including vegan), vegetables, pesto, hummus, and seven meats. You can even get potato chips on your grilled cheese sandwich.

4) Steak 'n Shake.

There's nothing wrong with the tried-and-true, and Steak 'n Shake has a classic grilled cheese. It's the grilled cheese you remember from childhood--melted American cheese served on buttered Texas toast. It comes with fries, and for a small fee you can add bacon. This is the most affordable grilled cheese sandwich in Indianapolis, and best of all, if you go during Happy Hour you can get one of their delectable milkshakes for half price! In addition to the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, there is a Grilled Cheese Steakburger Melt for the carnivores out there.

3) Say Cheese!

You know that macaroni and cheese grilled cheese sandwich they serve at the Indiana State Fair? You can get a version of that here, only it comes with bacon jam--it's called The Missing Peace (alcohol was involved when the name was selected). Located in Indianapolis City Market, this small carry-out bistro has a window so you can watch them make your food. With several different grilled cheese sandwiches available, ranging from the vegetable-laden The Hippie to the traditional 'Merica, Say Cheese! also sells quality cheeses so you can make your own grilled cheese sandwich in the comfort of your home. Gluten-free bread is available, and one sandwich, the Turkey Bacon Goat, has goat cheese on it.

2) MacNiven's.

Most of the food at MacNiven's sounds like it's the product of a drunken frat dare (seriously, how else do you explain haggis?), but the grilled cheese is one of the Scottish pub's best-kept secrets. The "bap" contains three types of cheese, red onion, sliced tomato and a spicy pepper aioli, served on your choice of white or wheat bread. The price is a bargain considering that it also comes with a generously portioned side; I recommend the Belhaven Scottish Ale Battered Onion Rings.

1) Punch Burger.

You only have yourself to blame if you do not like the grilled cheese at Punch Burger. That's because it's customized to your specifications. You get your choice of two of six cheeses, served on generously buttered bread. Want a tangy classic? Try the Cheddar and Blue Cheese. Want spice? They've got Ghost Pepper and Pepper Jack. Grown-ups can wash down their gooey creation with one of several local craft beers, and several different milkshakes are available, including coconut and mint. Punch Burger was named one of the Top Twenty-Five Family-Friendly Restaurants in the U.S. by Urbanspoon, and qualified for the World Food Championship in 2013 and 2014.

Becky Oberg is a professional writer who has lived in Indianapolis on and off for nearly thirty years. She enjoys acting, cooking, playing video games, singing, and writing. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and on her blog, One Woman and a Laptop.