Cheesies Pub & Grub (Restaurant, Lakeview)

Location: 958 W. Belmont
Phone: (773) 388-1574
Website: http://www.cheesieschicago.com/
Cuisine: Grilled Cheese — YEP.
Reservations: Not Accepted

Cheesies is, simply put, drunk-late-night-food heaven. Also works well for hangovers. They’ve got seven sandwiches on the menu, all variations of the classic American favorite — the grilled cheese. Order at the counter when you enter, then take a seat and your sandwiches are brought to you. The place isn’t large, maybe 10 tables plus four seats at the bar, so be prepared for a wait, but you can always take your food to go.

We went for the Jalapeno Popper (cheddar cheese, cream cheese, jalapeno slices, and bacon on texas toast with chipotle mayo for dipping) and the Mac (american cheese, merkts cheddar, and homemade mac n’ cheese on texas toast served with tomato soup for dipping). The Jalapeno Popper tasted exactly like a jalapeno popper wrapped in bacon, which only made it better, though I would add even more jalapeno slices. The Mac was as decadent as it sounds — mac n’ cheese on buttery texas toast. Messy perfection. Dipping it in the tomato soup cut the excessive amount of cheese and added a necessary contrast in tastes. We chose sweet potato fries and cheese curds, both served with ranch, as our sides. The fries were just the way we like ’em: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They also have a featured sandwich of the month, available in addition to the regular menu.

Cheesies is home to a full bar, boasting craft beer bottles such as Great Lakes and Flying Dog. Staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, clearly showing their love for their little grilled cheese haven. Walls are painted an American cheese orange and decorated with artwork featuring the namesake.

An obvious warning: this cheesy indulging isn’t for everyday consumption. (I’m pretty sure I would double my weight fairly quickly.) But it’s a delicious treat. I’m sure I will dream of it for many hangovers to come…

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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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