Toasties are the ultimate comfort food: A thesis.
There's really no scenario in which a toastie isn't appropriate.
Hungover? Toastie. Quick lunch break? Toastie. The morning of your wedding? Honestly, there's probably still time for a quick ham and cheese.
If you've returned to work in the office recently and are wondering where the best places in town are for a melty, comforting sambo, we've got you covered with this list of some of our absolute favourites.
Loose Canon, Drury Street
Known and adored for its extensive wine selection and second-to-none people watching potential, Loose Canon also serves up some of the tastiest toasties you'll come across. Oozing with melty cheese from some of Ireland's best food suppliers, lovingly topped with bechamel and grilled to perfection - the ideal accompaniment to your glass of vino.
Meltdown, Leeson Street
Meltdown are honestly wizards when it comes to putting things between two slices of bread. At their two central spots you'll find sambos filled with anything from mac & cheese to candied bacon and kimchi, with their own homemade hot sauce to accompany.
Green Bench, Montague Street
Some would argue these are more sandwiches than toasties but if we're doing a round up of anything between two slices of bread in Dublin, Green Bench needs a shout out. Prolific among Dubliners, these guys change their sambo menu daily and announce the offerings via social media - when they do, you need to be ready to pounce as there tends to be a long queue at lunchtime, but we can't stress enough how worth it it is.
Bibi's Cafe, Portobello and Dun Laoghaire
One of the OG Dublin toastie spots, Bibi's cheese and chorizo classic is perfect for dunking into a cup of soup while soaking up the glorious Dublin 8 or seaside vibes, whichever you're in the mood for.
Day n Night, Denmark Street Great
A new addition to the toastie scene, along with delicious ramen and dumplings Day n Night also serve up "nostalgic Korean toasties" filled with everything from caviar to Beef Bulgogi. Have a look at our recent visit to them HERE.
Toons Bridge Dairy, Serpentine Avenue
Toons Bridge hand-make all their cheeses in the small village of Toonsbridge, West Cork and they're then transformed into toastie magic at their D4 deli. Grilled to perfection every time.
147 Deli, Parnell Street
As one toastie lover commented under this particular pic on Instagram:
I would quite happily leave my family and run away with this sandwich and have lots of little illegitimate sandwich babies. Then, I'd probably end up eating that family and come crawling back to my original family with a full belly and a smile on my face.
That really says it all, to be fair.
Griolladh, various locations
You'll find Griolladh's toasted delights on Thomas Street, Malahide, Grand Canal Dock and Swords. Don't leave without trying the gravy mayo sauce.
Happy Out, Bull Island & Donnybrook
Happy Out are well-known for their idyllic seaside location, deliciously roasted speciality coffee and most importantly their cheesy toasties - perfect for a post windy-walk treat. Flavoursome veggie options if that's your bag, and stringy cheese that'll have your insta followers green with envy.
Grogan's Castle Lounge, South William Street
The last word in Dublin toasties. If you're only visiting for a weekend, you're contractually obliged to get yourself into Grogans for a ham and cheese, washed down with a creamy pint of plain. It's a rite of passage, and must be respected as such.
Did we miss out your favourite toastie spot? Let us know and we'll add it to the list!
Header image via Instagram/loosecanonwineandcheese