Greenspan's Grilled Cheese

7461 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Greenspan's Grilled Cheese +

Photo: Anne Fishbein The Johnny Apple Cheese at Greenspan's Grilled Cheese.


  • Daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snack Food
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Street Parking
Greenspan's Grilled Cheese, named after chef Eric Greenspan, is essentially a fast-food operation. You can get a classic grilled cheese sandwich with white bread and American cheese, and you'd be smart to get it with a "dip" of tomato basil soup. The soup is in truth too rich and oily to eat as actual soup, but as a dip for the sandwich (or latke bites), it's slyly brilliant. There's a very cute mash-up called the Cuban Reuben, with Gruyère cheese, mustard, pickles and house-made sauerkraut. To my taste, it's the best sandwich on the menu. The Champ is, as always, messy fun, but your reaction to it will depend on how much sweetness you like mixed in with your short ribs and stinky cheese. The raisins and apricots work, but this sandwich is rich in every way, and the sweetness sends it so over the top that it can feel a little cloying by the fourth bite or so. One item at Greenspan's has the potential to make this spot a serious pilgrimage site, and that is the "old-school" apple pie. -- Besha Rodell

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