Some days you just want to eat like a four-year-old who finally realized that crusts are OK and vegetables aren’t going to kill you. When you feel like this, consider a trip to The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. This place feels a little like a chain, but it’s efficient and the food is tasty. You can get anything from a Cubano to a sandwich stuffed with mac and cheese, but we particularly like the mushroom and reuben options, as well as the tomato soup. (There's a gluten-free grilled cheese on the menu as well, if that's what you're looking for.)
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We’re still on the lookout for a Soma go-to, near the ballpark. Marlowe is a base hit but not a home run. (Clever, we know.) That’s what we’re here for.
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