5 of the best grilled cheese sandwiches to try at local restaurants in the Dayton area.

BEST OF DAYTON 2018: The 3 best grilled cheeses you can find in Dayton

Grilled cheese is the epitome of simple yet elegant — two main ingredients, a hundred ways to spin it. 

>>GUIDE: 5 of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Dayton

It’s hard to do a grilled cheese wrong, but there are certainly ways to do it oh-so right. These are the three BEST grilled cheese spots serving up the cheesiest and most delicious in Dayton, as voted on by YOU in our Best of Dayton 2018 contest.

🏆WINNER: Tank's Bar and Grill My Way Grilled Cheese

Any Daytonian knows about the unsuspecting bar and grill on Wayne Avenue, pumping out mouthwatering meals day after day. The grilled cheese at Tank’s is an especially bright spot on the menu. It’s called, “My Way” Grilled Cheese ($6.99) and it’s “the only way Tank likes it.” 

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We’re talking swiss, cheddar, provolone, American, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, mayo, mustard, and horseradish — all on dark rye. 

My Way Grilled Cheese from Tank's Bar and Grill. (Source: Tank's)

Tank’s won or placed in more Best of Dayton 2018 contests than any other establishment or person in Dayton. Against stiff competition, the bar and grill nabbed seven first-place wins and one second-place win.

2033 Wayne Ave., Dayton | 937-252-2249 | FacebookWebsite

🏆SECOND PLACE: Melt Bar and Grilled

If you would consider yourself a bit of a Plain Jane when it comes to grilled cheese, the second-place winner in this year’s contest might not be for you. Melt takes grilled cheese to the next level with crazy concoctions that could have only been thought up in Cleveland. And they never forget the cheese, and lots of it. 

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Sandwich prices range at Melt, as there are tons of options. Most of the gourmet grilled cheese options are around $8 for a half and $11 for a whole. 

The Cleveland area-based sandwich restaurant opened its first Dayton-area restaurant at the Mall of Fairfield Commons in 2017. A colorful mural paying tribute to Dayton innovators from the Wright Brothers to Guided by Voices and The Ohio Players greets guests on the way in.

Smokey & The Riblet is Melt Bar & Grilled's sandwich of the month for August. CONTRIBUTED

2733 Fairfield Commons, Unit C, Beavercreek | 937-912-1880 | WebsiteFacebook

🏆THIRD PLACE: Florentine Restaurant Ultimate Grilled Cheese 

This one is in the name. Florentine’s Ultimate Grilled cheese ($11.99) has a following that brings grilled cheese lovers to Germantown from near and far. The Ultimate consists of brioche bread crusted with Parmesan, filled with Swiss, provolone, cheddar jack sliced tomato and basil, grilled to toasty brown and served with seasoned fries.

 >>PREVIOUS COVERAGE: The Dayton area’s oldest restaurant has reopened, and we have the menu

The Florentine restaurant in Germantown is located in Ohio’s second-oldest inn that dates to 1816. Only the Golden Lamb in Lebanon traces its lineage back farther than the Florentine.

The historic Florentine Restaurant in Germantown has reopened under new ownership. Photo from The Florentine Restaurant Facebook page
Photo: Staff Writer

21 W. Market St., Germantown | 937-855-7759 | WebsiteFacebook