HONOLULU Staff Favorites: The 6 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches on O‘ahu

Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12) with one of our favorite versions of the childhood classic.


This article was originally published April 12, 2019. It was updated on April 12, 2021.


la tour cafe

Photo: Robbie Dingeman



La Tour Café

$5.90, various locations, latourcafe.com


“La Tour Café’s grilled cheese sandwich with their veggie soup option of the day! Yum!” —Christine Labrador, art director


“Inexplicably listed in the menu for sides and extras rather than with the other sandwiches, the LTC grilled cheese deserves its own little spotlight. A mix of cheddar, Havarti and ricotta cheese ooze between slices of buttery toasted sourdough. Their version delivers a cozy diner-style sandwich (made creamier by the Havarti and ricotta) without getting fussy.” —Robbie Dingeman, editor at large




Photo: Enjy El-Kadi



Hukilau Honolulu

$8.50, 1088 Bishop St., LL13, (808) 523-3460, dahukilau.com


“I want to do a shout out to Hukilau. They’re a great go to for me.” —Donna Kodama-Yee, associate publisher / advertising director


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Tchin Tchin

Photo: Steve Czerniak



The Tchin Tchin Bar

$14 N. Hotel St., (808) 528-1888, thetchintchinbar.com


“When The Tchin Tchin Bar first opened in 2016, we gravitated to the stinky grilled cheese sandwich as a simple pleasure. We haven’t changed our minds: Creamy cheese comes grilled in toasty bread flecked with herbs, along with a side of pickles veggies and onion marmalade. The triangle quarter sandwiches add some cozy nostalgia.” —Robbie Dingeman, editor at large



Earl’s Sandwich

$9.50, 1137 11th Ave., (808) 200-4354, earlhawaii.com


“This may stray far from the traditional grilled cheese, but the ‘Fun Goat’ sandwich from Earl’s Sandwich is my absolute favorite version of the sandwich in Honolulu. Call it the elevated grilled white cheese—it’s smeared with goat cheese and a creamy basil pesto, topped with sautéed mushrooms, cherry tomato and spinach, and finished with an EVOO and balsamic reduction drizzle. Find it at their original shack near Wai’alae Avenue and a version of the sandwich with beets at their newest location in Kaka’ako (400 Keawe St.).” —Marisa Hartzell, website freelancer




$4.35, various locations, zippys.com


“I might get my Local Card revoked for this, but I don’t go to Zippy’s very often. But, when I do go, I order their grilled cheese sandwich. There’s nothing special or gourmet about it—it’s just buttered toast and American cheese (and definitely something I could make for myself at home)—but that’s exactly what I like about it.” —Enjy El-Kadi, digital marketing specialist




Aloha Salads

$10.95, various locations, alohasalads.com


“It’s ooey, it’s gooey and it comes with a tiny cup of delicious tomato bisque soup. This cheesy guilty pleasure is a combination of melted Havarti, cheddar and fresh mozzarella on sourdough. Oh, and ordering a grilled cheese sammie from a salad shop always gives me a giggle: Diet starts, Monday!” —Katie Kenny, digital editorial specialist


Non Dairy Alternatives


“Brands Daiya and Follow Your Heart (makers of Veganaise, an alternative to sliced cheese) are both sold at Whole Foods and Down to Earth stores.” —Cathy Cruz-George, managing editor of HONOLULU Family