29th Nov 2019
We’ve never had a shortage of toasties on offer in Dublin. From the classic white bread, toast in a bag, pub version that’s a staple soakage offering, to cool cafés stuffing them with farmhouse Irish cheeses and homemade condiments, they all have one thing in common — hot, melted cheese. Here’s where to find the best cheese toasties in Dublin.
Loose Canon Cheese & Wine, 29 Drury St, Dublin 2
Toastie and a pint or a cup of tea are classics and great pairings. But toasties and wine? It’s a whole new dimension that Loose Canon absolutely nails. This deli, wine shop and bar in Georges Street Arcade sell some of the best Irish cheese along with an exceptional line-up of natural wines. They serve toasties from 12 to 5.30 pm, rotating delights such as classic grilled cheese made with Derg cheddar, Coolea and scallions and Young Buck and a Chicken Melt with gooseberry ketchup. Everything designed to go great with a glass of wine.
Grogans, 15 William St Street, Dublin 2
That classic white bread pub toastie I mentioned? There’s no better place to tuck into one than Grogan’s pub on South William Street — an institution for many Dubliners who’ve had nights fueled by their old school toasties and a few pints of Guinness. White bread, Irish cheddar, deli ham and popped into the toaster while you grab your pint and delivered to you with a jar of Colman’s mustard. Perfect handheld, pint-drinking food. Nab a seat outside for some of the best people-watching in the city.
Meltdown, 2 Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
This hole-in-the-wall cafe on Curved Street specialises, as the name suggests, in all things melted. You can also order them next door in Crow Bar and they are going to be opening a second spot very soon. Good news for cheese lovers. The menu is stuffed with glorious grilled cheese options. The ‘Mac Mama’ combines macaroni cheese, bacon, scallions and Monterey Jack encased in golden bread and their famous Rib Melt is a handful of BBQ pulled pork, macaroni cheese, caramelised onion and red pepper. Not for the faint-hearted but great for your Instagram.
Vice Coffee, 54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1
Tucked away on Middle Abbey Street, Vice coffee serves up some superb coffee options and a concise, well-put-together toastie menu with some tasty offerings. There’s the classics with the ‘XXX’, a triple cheese blend that always hits the spot and is perfect with one of their filter coffees, or the ham & cheese, full of shaved ham, cheddar and Emmental. Seasonal specials will usually include something fun — PBJ and Christmas sandwiches have featured. All are served with at least two types of the fine Edmond Fallot Dijon mustards.
The Market Kitchen, Meeting House Square Market, Temple Bar (Saturdays only)
This weekly Saturday market in the heart of Temple Bar is a haven for fresh, tasty Irish produce and amongst it, you’ll find The Market Kitchen stall, where they whip up some of the tastiest cheese toasties in the country. Expect to find ingredients from the neighbouring stalls, including Le Levain sourdough, dairy from Corleggy Cheese and their signature addition, creamed leeks from McNally’s farm. Their veal toastie, when available, is incomparable. As well as this Saturday market, they do pop-up events throughout the year and are a firm favourite for festival-goers looking for a fix of proper comfort food.
Clanbrassil Coffee Shop, 5b Clanbrassil Street Upper, Dublin 8
The tiny coffee shop next to the much-lauded Clanbrassil House mirrors the restaurant’s casual, creative style and offers pared-back seasonal sandwiches and bakery selection that is worth seeking out. But we’re here for the toasties that can range from wonderful combos like Taleggio, butternut squash and pickled shiitake to ‘The Kimcheese’ with homemade kimchi, Hegarty’s cheddar and Crozier Blue. Get there early to nab one at their busy lunchtimes and don’t forget to grab some of their excellent bakery selection, which can include sea salt brownies and lemon curd palmiers.
Mary’s Bar, 8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
A purpose-built ‘Irish Bar’ wouldn’t always be high on my agenda but this pub manages to work despite its very obvious kitschiness and that’s in part down to the toasties. They’re well regarded for the fresh sliced hunks of ham they use and they get even more bonus points for serving Tayto with the sandwich as a standard. Choose from ham and cheese or cheese, tomato and onion. Try and resist a nostalgic treat after — I’ve spotted Stingers, Mint Crisps and Clove Rock on their shelves.
Oxmantown, 16 Mary’s Abbey and 13 Smithfield Terrace, Dublin 7
Now with two outposts in Dublin 7, you’ve double the chance to enjoy some of the best made-to-order sandwiches in the city. The menu, handwritten on the white subway tiles, features refined New York-style toasties, including a marvellous, melting Grilled Cheese made up of mature cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan and bechamel, and their divine take on the ham and cheese with ham hock, grilled gruyere, bechamel, roast tomatoes and pickles on sourdough.
Fia, 155B Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6
This small, casual neighbourhood café has been pumping out their excellently sourced seasonal brunch menu to critical acclaim since opening in 2016. In keeping with the theme, the menu is small too, but you’ll find everything you need, including their well-renowned Gubbeen Toastie. Malt sourdough stuffed with this favoured Cork cheese, you’ll find it served with all manner of moreish condiments depending on the time of the year — recently it was burnt applesauce. There’s also an option to add an egg.
Featured image: Meltdown via Instagram
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