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National Grilled Cheese Day: Where to celebrate

A grilled cheese sandwich at The Classic American

A grilled cheese sandwich at The Classic American in West Babylon. (Credit: Heather Walsh, 2011)

The darling of the toddler set (and the adults they eventually grow up to be), grilled cheese has its own special day. What, you didn’t know National Grilled Cheese Day was April 12? Rather than kicking yourself, take comfort in some of our favorite local grilled cheese sandwiches:

ROAST SANDWICH HOUSE, 827 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, 631-629-4869, roastsandwichhouse.com. Don’t even think about counting the calories in the wicked, wondrous, braised brisket and grilled cheese sandwich ($7.99) at this classy casual spot. It’s served on thick-cut sourdough and features white Cheddar, Swiss and Havarti melting together.

CLASSIC AMERICAN , 691 Rte. 109, West Babylon, 631-226-3663, classicamericanrestaurant.com. At this Gordon Ramsay makeover, a perfect mini grilled cheese sandwich comes with a big bowl of fragrant tomato soup ($7).

SAPSUCKERS HOPS & GRUB , 287 Main St., Huntington, 631-683-4945, sapsuckersli.com. This hopping gastropub serves up a “not like Mom’s” grilled cheese sandwich featuring Cheddar, Berkshire bacon and tomato on rye ($12).

BOBBY’S BURGER PALACE, 355 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, 631-382-9590, and Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Suite 1040A, Garden City, 516-877-7777, bobbysburgerpalace.com. Grilled cheese sandwiches at the Iron Chef’s burger-centric spots come two ways -- with American, Swiss, Monterey Jack and Cheddar and tomato ($5.50), or deluxe, starring Brie, goat cheese, Cheddar, Monterey Jack and bacon ($7.50).

LANDMARK DINER , 1027 Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-627-4830, landmarkdineronline.com. At this bi-level landmark, you can get the classic diner version, made with American cheese ($6.50), as well as variations done with Swiss, Cheddar, and/or mozzarella ($7.95), and with add-on options of ham, bacon, Canadian bacon and sliced tomato (additions $. 50 to $1.50). Decisions, decisions.

 THE VINE WINE BAR , 2259 Merrick Rd., Merrick, 516-812-7883, thevinewinebar.com.
Grilled cheese ($12 to $16) is a signature item at this South Shore wine bar. It’s up to you: Get it with one, two or three cheeses. Choose among Gouda, Gruyere, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Brie, Cheddar or provolone. Tomatoes (which can make the sandwich a bit wet) are also an option.