Toastie of the town: 9 of the best, meltiest cheese toasties in Dublin
They all have one thing in common — hot, melted cheese. Here’s where to find the best cheese toasties in Dublin
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 is 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, 15 Montague Street and 5 Leeson Street, Dublin
From their days as a hole-in-the-wall spot in Temple Bar, Meltdown has now expanded their cheesy services to Montague Street and Leeson Street, with the Montague spot even boosting a Winedown evening option. They specialise, as the name suggests, in all things melted with a menu stuffed with glorious grilled cheese options.
The Hey Presto combines succulent Irish chicken, homemade pesto, white cheddar, tomato, red onion and garlic mayo encased in golden bread and their famous RibMelt is a handful of BBQ pulled pork, macaroni cheese, caramelised onion and red pepper. Not for the faint-hearted but great for the gram.
Vice Coffee, 54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1
While their Portobello outlet remained closed, Vice Coffee is still knocking people’s socks off with their coffee and toastie combo at Wigwam. Tucked away on Middle Abbey Street, it 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 fine Edmond Fallot Dijon mustards.
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 freshly 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 Gouda, cheddar, parmesan and bechamel, pickled onions and onion marmalade on Firehouse Bakery granary. 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.
Griolladh, various locations
With three locations in Malahide, Dundrum Town Centre and Grand Canal, it’s a build-your-own toastie spot starting with their homemade sourdough bread. Choose from the OG (their unique mx of cheeses),ham, beef, chicken or potato and then add your fillings sauce from their range of homemade slaw, chilli peppers, pickles, tapenade or even smoked bacon and black pudding.