A Love Letter to The Happy Grilled Cheese in Austin, Texas

Lauren Castro

Grilled cheeses are truly an art. Such simple ingredients yet every person makes them differently. But what if it wasn’t just cheese and bread?

The Happy Grilled Cheese, located in front of the Violet Crown Social Club on 1111 East 6th Street, is serving up cheesy goodness with a side of your choice of queso fries or tomato soup. 

The perfectly grilled and buttered bread was just the beginning. Paired with a side of seasoned fries topped with jalapenos, bacon and queso, I saw what happened to be one of the most beautiful sandwiches I’ve ever seen– the OMG Melt. 

The reason the OMG Melt caught my eyes is simply because of the inclusion of mozzarella sticks. When torn in half, the molten cheese pulled away so beautifully. I felt as though I were watching a famous play in a grand theater. This grilled cheese is superior. Cheese on cheese on cheese with a sprinkle of bacon bits…I don’t know what could top this.

Next up, I tackled the Daddy of the Mac. This grilled cheese had macaroni, the sweetest barbecue pulled pork and onion. The combination of all three made for a party in my mouth. The sandwich is a perfect option for those wanting more substance other than cheese. 

To end the night, I couldn’t help but try the S’more Melt. Marshmallow and chocolate in between sweet bread…nothing gets better than this. One thing I really appreciated was the graham cracker crumbles. They weren’t too hard and weren’t too soft– just perfect.

Whether you’re needing a dinner date idea or just want to indulge in an enhanced childhood favorite, The Happy Grilled Cheese is a great option. Open from 5pm to midnight, the possibilities are endless.