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Tucked away on a side street in the heart of colorful Kensington Market, The Grilled Cheese offers a variety of creative takes on the popular gooey comfort food. On a warm day you can sit at one of two well-aged picnic tables out front. If it's cool, head through the rust-red door and there's seating for about 20 on wooden chairs and benches, warmed by a cozy fireplace. It's a casual cottage-like spot, with a wall of jars of pickled mushrooms, peppers, and eggs, and a chalkboard menu that lists variations from classic plain grilled cheese to "The Beast" with jalapeño havarti, cheddar, spinach, bacon, and turkey. One of the more popular choices is the Apple Bacon Crisp, which has Ida red apples, caramelized onions, bacon, and cheddar. Each sandwich is served in a basket with rippled potato chips and a pickle. This market location is perfect for fresh ingredients. Soups, such as carrot ginger or tomato and white bean, may also be available; the selection changes daily. There's free Wi-Fi (when they can find the password) and if you want to have drinks across the road at a bar called Ronnies, just pop in, order, and pay, and they will bring your food over to you when it's ready. All sandwiches are $10 or less, and they have recently begun offering brownies baked by a neighbor, which they bill as the "World's Best," and for $3 they are pretty darn good.