Mouthful - Grilled cheese
LOTTAFRUTTA: The "Queso quartet sanduche" is a gooey medley of four different cheeses — cheddar, Monterey jack, feta and asiago — stuffed into sweet Latin bread and compacted Cuban-style on a sandwich press. While the sandwich is delightful "naked," you can add tomato, avocado, pepperoncini, or pickles for an extra fee. A small plastic cup of crunchy homemade chulpe, an Ecuadorian-style toasted corn, comes with each paper-wrapped sanduche. 590 Auburn Ave. 404-588-0857. www.lottafrutta.com.
THE RIGHTEOUS ROOM: You'd expect most dive bars to serve greasy, gut-bomb fare, but this spot's version — the "Fatty grilled cheese" — is surprisingly light. Bright green sunflower sprouts, manageable slices of tomato and creamy white cheddar cheese are placed between thick pieces of buttered Texas toast. A mere $5 gets you the sandwich and your choice of side — the salt and vinegar potato wedges and feathery onion straws are the best. 1051 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-874-0939.
FRENCH AMERICAN BRASSERIE: F.A.B.'s Croque Monsieur is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. Black forest ham and Mornay sauce (a Béchamel sauce mixed with cheese) spill out from crusty slices of sourdough bread topped with Emmental cheese before being broiled until bubbly. Each sandwich is served with fries and baby greens. Add an egg for $1 to transform it into a Croque Madame and ratchet up the decadence factor. 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 404-266-1440. www.fabatlanta.com.