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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Sandwich Place and American Restaurant$$$$
South Park, San Francisco
207 Tips and reviews
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • piglet
  • mousetrap
  • tomato soup
  • breakfast food
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  • Eater
    EaterAugust 12, 2014
    The American has a ton of vegetarian options, but a crowd favorite is the mushroom Gruyere grilled cheese, with roasted potatoes, melted leeks, and caramelized onions all tucked inside. Read more
  • Best of
    Best ofSeptember 15, 2014
    Get the American Dip (Garlic herb sonoma jack, roast beef, roasted potatoes, chive butter on levain; with horseradish cream dipping sauce) or the Mac N Cheese Grilled Cheese. Yes, you read that right. Read more
  • Min K.
    Min KimDecember 28, 2014
    The service is great. Grilled cheese selection is top notch. You got to have the veggie breakfast only served in the mornings! Grilled mac n cheese would have been better with more chedder personally
  • SFist
    SFistDecember 5, 2014
    This place is known for some amazing grilled cheese sandwiches if that’s your idea of a great lunch. Go for the Cubano with lots of cheese variations! Read more
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PoppelJanuary 26, 2015
    Jalapeno Popper. Local chevre, Monterey jack, apricot-jalapeno relish and Zoe’s applewood bacon on levain bread. It's creamy, spicy, smoky with a hint of sweetness; this sandwich is tough to beat.
  • San F.
    If you have time for the lunchtime wait, order the Jalapeno Popper: goat cheese, Monterey Jack, jalapeno-apricot relish, and smoky bacon between slices of crispy-soft levain from Pinkie's.
  • Saumil M.
    Saumil MehtaJuly 4, 2012
    Amazing tomato soup (if you're into that sort of thing), excellent jalapeno popper, great morning oatmeal, horrendous entrepreneur-unfriendly lunch lines. Don't bother going if you work a lot.
  • Donia
    DoniaApril 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Long lines during lunch. Take advantage of the online (chow now), Facebook, & iPhone app ordering. Especially good if your ordering for the office. Just pick up and go!
  • George D.
    George DySeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All of the grilled cheese options rock, if you get there before noon, get the breakfast sandwich (with an egg). Wanna try a sandwich and a soup? Get the Red, White and Blue Special. Read more
  • Martin H.
    Martin HeckoNovember 18, 2016
    The half sandwich/soup is the way to go. I recommend the gruyere/mushroom with the smoked tomato soup.
  • Tessa K.
    Tessa KayserApril 13, 2013
    The mac n cheese grilled cheese is absolutely delicious! Slap some bacon on it, get tomato soup on the side, and finish it off with a beer.
  • Ignacy Z.
    Ignacy ZulawskiDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Breakfast sandwiches are the best deal and keep you full. I recommend the veggie breakfast, light on the cheese, add an extra egg and jalapeño relish. Yum.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterAugust 12, 2014
    Get the mushroom Gruyere grilled cheese, with roasted potatoes, melted leeks, and caramelized onions all tucked inside. Add in some smoky tomato soup or quinoa salad for a hearty meal.
  • Daniel S.
    Grilled cheese and beer. And some A+ tomato soup. Go for it, and grab happy hour if you can! One of the low-key deals in the city.
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Red, white and blue plate special with mushroom gruyere and tomato soup - perfect for lunch any day! Their muffins are also delicious :)
  • Adam B.
    Adam BeckFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Add 15 mins to how long you think this will take. This is the only place where there can be a line out the door and the guys behind the counter will still move like a snail and stop to chat w/friends.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GoldbergAugust 30, 2014
    One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I've ever had. I know it's a simple concept, but they put a great twist on it.
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FranceschiNovember 6, 2013
    Fresh comfort food with beer and wine; really, what more could you want? Well, having them be open LATE would be AMAZING, but won't press my luck...
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TomitaMay 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of good sandwiches and salads here. Get there in the morning for the bacon biscuit.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    1. BREAKFAST grilled cheeses. 2. Gluten-free bread choices. 3. MAC AND CHEESE STUFFED INTO BUTTERED GARLIC BREAD. Read more
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The mac and cheese grilled cheese is the best grilled cheese sandwich in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CookAugust 3, 2014
    Best grilled cheese spot I've ever been to. Mac n cheese Grilled cheese sandwich and delicious smoky tomato soup!
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LuApril 18, 2015
    Their breakfast sandwiches and tomato soups are great. Haven't had their Mac n cheese grilled cheese yet, but that will be next time.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CookAugust 20, 2014
    Most unique grilled cheese shop I've been to. Try the Mac and cheese grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup. YUM!
  • Simon D.
    Simon DavisonApril 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Grab a 'classic breakfast' in the morning for a $4 grilled cheese with egg. It's filling, cheap and super tasty!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DregerAugust 30, 2016
    Great comfort food. Sit outside on a warm day, or take your food around the corner to South Park.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MintzJune 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Foghorn Leghorn is amazing! So is the American Dip. Quick to order, but takes FOREVER to get your food
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineOctober 29, 2012
    No seriously get a mac 'n cheese grilled cheese. That's right, mac 'n cheese stuffed into a grilled cheese sandwich with, you guess it, more cheese (and bacon!). Read more
  • Krysten
    KrystenSeptember 11, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the breakfast grilled cheese on the weekends! Their lemonade is always good as well!
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LamNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Solid grilled cheese (Piglet is my fave), soups, yummy in-house sodas, nice selection of draft beers. Extended hours on Giants home game days.
  • Lea D.
    Lea Dessi-OliveMarch 12, 2015
    Great gluten free bread- they call it wheat free though bc it's not a gluten free kitchen.
  • Clay R.
    Clay RobesonApril 29, 2011
    Try the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese - Chevre, Jack, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Apricot-Jalapeno Relish - Amazing combo of flavors!
  • Peter L.
    Peter LangsamSeptember 17, 2013
    Ordering online was easy and quick. Mac n cheese was delicious, definitely will be trying more
  • Shawna M.
    Shawna MarieMay 24, 2016
    Amazing Mac and cheese grilled cheese. Outdoor seating and some parking. Best days to go is on Sunday!
  • Ankur P.
    Ankur PatankarOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Moscone, foghorn or the new Cubano... You can't go wrong with any of these delicious treats.
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PrickettOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The breakfast Classic, accompanied by a cookie & coffee, is an unbeatable start to the day.
  • Liz F.
    Liz FallAugust 27, 2015
    The tomato bisque is like no other. I would go here more but the lunch lines can be insane.
  • lynn f.
    lynn friedmanFebruary 16, 2014
    it's all about the cheese - add a jalepino pepper for some kick
  • Jackie J.
    Jackie JeongFebruary 12, 2012
    Must try this if you're in San Francisco Bay area! So many grilled cheeses to choose from!
  • Arianna S.
    Arianna SandersApril 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
  • Yossef M.
    Yossef MendelssohnDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The curry cauliflower soup is excellent, even better than I'd hoped. Get some while it lasts!
  • Dawn D.
    Dawn DeVirgilioMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with Piglet and Tomato Soup. Also the Mac & Cheese is heavenly!
  • Bryce T.
    Bryce TronDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone knows their Lunch is great, but their breakfast sandwiches may be even better
  • Gabriel S.
    Gabriel SuitsJuly 26, 2011
    Orgasm in my mouth. Get the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese or/and the Farmer's Breakfast Grilled Cheese w/ ham. Read more
  • Jo M.
    Jo MassieApril 9, 2016
    Mac and cheese in a grilled cheese. What's not to love?? Pomegranate lemonade was also 👌
  • 板津 魁.
    板津 魁彦2 weeks ago
    Veggie breakfast grilled cheese sandwich plus jalapeño biscuits are the best!
  • Adrienne O.
    Adrienne OldsMay 25, 2012
    Make sure to order the Piglet. It's so delicious my mouth is watering just thinking about that yummy melted cheese.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestJanuary 6, 2012
    After you get a delicious grilled cheese sandwich, use me to soundtrack your amazing culinary experience
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SApril 13, 2013
    Today, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day! Tillamook at TAGCK is hosting an event with free grilled cheese for the first 250 until 7pm :)
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren EckenfelderApril 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast Piglet is awesome! I think they stop serving around 11am, so get there early!
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaJune 5, 2016
    For that grilled cheesus craving. Great crispy crust 🍞🧀
  • Asiyat T.
    Asiyat TsalikovaFebruary 20, 2013
    All sandwiches are amazing but I'm just in love with their caramelized onion cookies
  • C S.
    C SJanuary 2
    Get the normal grilled cheese with avocado and bacon. delicious!
  • Rachael L.
    Rachael LynnMay 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have gluten-free bread! When I'm looking to cheat- the Piglet is a favorite.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RaydenApril 25, 2011
    Order the sandwich uncooked to take home and cook yourself. Great for dinner for you and the fam.
  • Matt L.
    Matt L.July 11, 2010
    Had the Wild Turkey. Real good. Comes with a side of grapes. Not sure it's worth ten dollars though. I guess it's for the quality ingredients.
  • Rey F.
    Rey FerolinoJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Farmer's Breakfast with Bacon (via @Foodspotting)
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck ReynoldsJune 12, 2013
    service is fantastic and food is great!
  • Molly T.
    Molly TOctober 29, 2011
    Go after 11am. Breakfast options are limited. The bread was amazing!
  • Herval F.
    I paid $12 on a freakin cheese sandwich I could make better at home, and now I feel an entitled POS (and still hungry) 😑
  • Yulian K.
    Yulian KuncheffDecember 2, 2015
    Mushroom Gruyere and the Cubano are fantastic
  • Shalin M.
    Shalin MangarMarch 18, 2015
    Amazing Veggie sandwiches (they have eggs in them)
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 3, 2016
    Mac n Cheese Grilled Cheese w bacon added is outrageously good.
  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan JohnsonJune 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mushroom Gruyere is absolutely amazing.
  • Gabriel T.
    Gabriel TurkSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is your grilled cheese heaven with an epic soup. Breakfast sandwiches are even more yummy!
  • Mel R.
    Mel RosenbergJuly 18, 2011
    Honestly, go with the Mousetrap and add some tomatoes. You won't regret it.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJuly 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The tomato soup is great. Pair it with a grilled cheese.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WickerJanuary 27, 2014
    Add tomato and sauteed arugula to the mouse trap and it's a winner.
  • Coco D.
    Coco DuanAugust 6, 2013
    Try tomato soup and mushroom gruyere :)
  • Lori B.
    Lori BodenhamerJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do get a muffin in the mornings. Fresh, hot and the most delicious.
  • Julie H.
    Julie HorvathSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mouse Trap is beyond awesome. Try their seasonal lemonade.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EgboroMay 26, 2013
    Best kept secret. Love the strawberries and decorations.
  • Quan N.
    Quan NguyenAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always love coming here. But the love getting breakfast with a piglet!
  • Garth W.
    Garth WebbApril 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Even if the line is short it takes this place 20 min to grill cheese on bread. If you're in a hurry, move on.
  • Len ❤.
    Len ❤❤❤December 24, 2013
    I love grilled cheese!! Enjoy yours!
  • A B.
    A BallesterosDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get hooked on the biscuits they make each morning. Enjoy jalapeño cheddar or mushroom garlic.
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraAugust 16, 2011
    OMG, the queue is so big here. But the food is well worth the wait.
  • Felix D.
    Felix DSeptember 7, 2013
    The club Turkey and the foghorn leghorn are the best.
  • 140 Proof
    140 ProofAugust 29, 2011
    Try the unbelievably awesome “Jalapeño Poppersandwich. It will melt your brain.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 10, 2012
    I'm pretty sure every sandwich here is delicious, but I especially enjoy the Club Turkey.
  • Jean-Christophe P.
    Jean-Christophe PopeMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The butterscotch brownies are a work of art.
  • Ariel S.
    Ariel SeidmanApril 11, 2013
    By far the very best cheese melt sandwich place in SF. Go!
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangJanuary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Biscuit with eggs over easy is legit
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱February 28
    Mushroom gruyère grilled cheese is pretty tasty but on the expensive side...
  • Fred J.
    Fred JabbourAugust 9, 2012
    Got the turkey sandwich, the bacon is very good!
  • Samaher
    SamaherFebruary 5, 2015
    The Mac and cheese grilled cheese sandwich is to die for
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WindramAugust 15, 2011
    Grilled cheese, hipster style. You probably already know whether you think that's genius or tiresome.
  • Roger L.
    Roger L.May 8, 2013
    The jalapeno popper sandwich is award winning
  • Alejandro F.
    Alejandro FranceschiNovember 6, 2013
    There really is only one, logical choice: the jalapeño popper grilled cheese with bacon...mmm...bacon....
  • Seth B.
    Seth BindernagelMay 14, 2011
    Given the name, it seems weird this place doesn't serve grilled cheese for all the hours that it is open. Only starts after 12PM. Doesn't help when the staff is a bit snarky with that precious info.
  • xvrl
    xvrlAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their best kept secret are the biscuits
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TaylorSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't miss with the Club Turkey. Haven't had a sandwich here I didn't like.
  • naveen
    naveenMarch 4, 2016
    break rules. get the chipotle chicken mac and cheese.
  • Aida
    AidaOctober 28, 2011
    The house-made lemon lavender soda is superb!
  • Joe 🐘 L.
    Joe 🐘 LencioniAugust 7, 2014
    I really like the jalapeño popper sandwich.
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 3, 2015
    Slow but kind of worth it. They might forget to make your online order.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RhauSeptember 22, 2011
    Fear the line? 1. get Mac n cheese. or 2. go for breakfast. You'll get a runny egg on your sandwich!
  • Tiffany T.
    Tiffany TaylorJune 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with a Ginger vanilla house soda. Made to order, ♥ it!
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningDecember 17, 2015
    Piglet sandwich is warming and satisfying.
  • Rosanna Y.
    Rosanna YuenMarch 20, 2016
    Friendly staff. Love the tomato soup.
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