Cheesie's Pub & Grub in Chicago, IL
This is one instance where you can take the name of a restaurant quite literally. Cheesie's is all about cheese, specifically, fried cheese. While Serious Eats found some of their items a bit underwhelming, they quickly redeemed themselves with deep-fried macaroni and cheese bites, cheese-laden grilled sandwiches, and a love for all things cheesy.
When I ordered, the guy at the counter described the involved cooking process behind the grilled cheeses: cheese and filling topped bread is broiled quickly under a salamander before being closed, buttered on both sides, and griddled crisp. That's a fair amount of work for a Lakeview based grilled cheese shop. More than anything, I think what I like about this place is the noticeable amount of effort being put into each dish. You can see and taste it.
Photo by Joe Roy