White bread with cheddar or cinnamon raisin with fig jam? Silver Lake’s Heywood pays tribute to the grilled cheese sandwich

Grilled, gooey goodness with a side of salad and tomato soup. Photo by Valentina Silva

By Valentina Silva

Fact: grilled cheese, as with pancakes and steak, always tastes better when someone else makes it. Heywood, the newish grilled cheese shop in Silver Lake, has ambitiously taken up the task. Named after John Heywood, a 16th century British writer who once wrote an ode to cheese, the little eatery is, itself, an ode to the art of ultimate comfort sandwich.

The menu runs the gamut from recognizable to experimental. There’s The Classic, a standard combination of white bread, cheddar and butter, and then there’s The Bon Appetite Brie on cinnamon raisin bread, sweetened with fig jam and topped with raspberry sugar crystals. Fantastically unsubtle, The Italian Blue Jeans is a well-proportioned mix of mozzarella, blue cheese, walnut pesto and sundried tomatoes that packs quite the wallop. You can also choose from a list of breads, cheeses, fruits, veggies, and spreads to build your own. Vegan cheese and butter can be substituted on most sandwiches.

All sandwiches are served on a wooden board with mixed greens and a small cup of tomato soup for dipping. The soup is a velvety bisque that far outshines local contenders like the rather watery one they sell for an arm and a leg at nearby LAMill, for instance. It’s so good that you—but not I—could forgo the sandwich and pair a full-sized portion with one of the two salads on the menu. We tried the Caprese, mixed greens with lots of mozzarella, avocado and tomatoes. It was nice enough.

Prices range from $7-$11, and some will argue that you can make 20 grilled cheeses for that kind of money, but if you just want one really good one, leave your griddle in the cupboard and check out Heywood.

They’re open ’til 3am Fridays and Saturdays.


Heywood A Gourmet Grilled Cheese Shop
3337 W Sunset Blvd
Silver Lake, 90026

Valentina Silva writes about food and restaurants. You can also find Valentina’s reviews and stories on her blog, Eastside Food Bites.


  1. I saw it from the street and had no interest until I read this review, but now it’s on my radar and I’ll be sure to visit. Sounds great!

  2. I just went there the other day for the first time. Their tomato soup is sooo good. Best I’ve ever had. Great comfort food in the cold weather. Perfect for dunking their grilled cheese sandwiches in. I had the one w/ the raspberry habenero jam in it. Yum.

  3. I went for the vegan cheese option and LOVED it. Great addition to the neighborhood.

  4. this has been on my ‘to-do’ list since it opened – and this article finally gave me the kick in the pants to go.

    my tummy thanks you – my waistline does not. (i will be back, however!)

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