For most growing up, nothing equates home like that of a grilled cheese. Woven into the American fabric of life, it's part simplicity and part comfort. For the best grilled cheese sandwich in Orange County, The Hangout has two casual restaurants serving a number of next level variations.
It all begins with fresh, mouth-watering cheese. Grilled with a just a touch of butter until it reaches a light brown color. Melted cheese you dream about. Crisp crust, warm melted center with a hint of salt.
Check out some of our OC grilled cheese reviews from YELP.
"These are NOT your mothers. Mine came with fried green tomatoes, basil, Mozzarella and cheddar cheese. My husband had a bacon-mac-and-cheese grilled cheese! Everything was incredible!
—Seal Beach review
Wow. I ordered the "are you kidding me grilled cheese." It had bacon mac & cheese with a slice of cheddar on Texas toast. They have booze which is a big plus. Nice outdoor patio and indoor seating. Heaters outside if it's cold. Make sure you are hungry; the portions are very large. I took a 3 hour nap after I ate my grilled cheese and had one drink. So good!! A+
—Huntington Beach review
Experience grilled cheese in Orange County cooked to perfection. Whether you're looking for standard or deluxe, we have it dialed in! Our wide drink selection ranges from standard and craft beers, unique cocktails, and California wine.
OC Grilled Cheese Sandwich Menu
Peruse our grilled cheese menu.
MOM's GRILLED CHEESE
Cheddar cheese melted to perfection.
BACON GRILLED CHEESE
Bacon grilled cheese like you read about.
HAM n’ CHEESE
Cheddar, Tavern Style Ham with Pickles.
SLICE OF SPICE
Pepper Jack Cheese with Bacon & Grilled Jalapeños.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME GRILLED CHEESE
Bacon, Mac n’ Cheese on Texas Toast. Decadence.
Fried Green Tomatoes, Basil, fresh Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese.
Places for Grilled Cheese in Orange County
Both of our restaurant bars are in North Orange County. Our main grilled cheese restaurant is in Seal Beach. We're steps to the pier with the best ocean views and sunsets in town. Parking is free on Main Street for 2 hours. Additional parking is next to the pier for $3 for 2 hours. Park for free at the Seal Beach Pier after 6 pm.
For grilled cheese in Huntington Beach, we're minutes to Bella Terra and only two miles to the state beach. Our outdoor patio provides tranquility and sun. Parking is also free with no time restrictions.
HUNTINGTON BEACH GRILLED CHEESE
Hangout Too Southern Bar & Grill
16446 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Telephone: (657) 204-9306
Hours: 11:30am - 9pm daily
Food: New American
Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Parking: free, no time restrictions.
SEAL BEACH GRILLED CHEESE
The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Telephone: (562) 431-4888
Hours: 7am - 12pm daily
Food: New American
Parking: 2 hrs free on Main Street.
$3.00 for 2 hrs next to the pier
or all day for $6.
Grilled Cheese History
The origin of the grilled cheese in the United States dates back to the early 1920s. During the depression, bread and cheese was relatively inexpensive. Sandwiches were open faced called the "cheese dream." In 1949, Jonathan Kraft of Kraft Foods introduced processed cheese singles. The cheese dream would go to become popular during the 1950s. Fast forward circa 1965, the grilled cheese sandwich was born.
Credit is technically given to the French who invented the Croque-monsieur circa 1910. The sandwich is made from brioche bread and topped with cheese with the bread grilled before with the cheese melting over the edges. Ham is placed in the middle. The Croque-monsieur originated in cafes as quick snack.
National grilled cheese day is celebrated each year on April 12th.