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As far as soup-and-sandwich combos go, nothing beats the pairing of toasty grilled bread loaded with warm, melting cheese alongside a bowl of sweet, soothing tomato soup. The dish was once a childhood classic—the perfect after-school sustenance. Now it’s a soul-warming meal on a chilly day, a pleasure you never outgrow. Broad Ripple hotspot 10-01 Food & Drink gives this combination the glory it deserves in a menu item appropriately named Grilled Cheese Nostalgia. The buttery mass of Havarti, cheddar, and American cheeses comes pressed between sourdough. (Those who like to challenge tradition have the option of adding bacon, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, jalapeños, sliced tomatoes, or pickles.) The soup is a simple bisque of tomatoes and cream with a touch of sugar—to be slurped or used for dunking.
1001 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-253-1001; 1001fooddrink.com
This article appeared in the January 2014 issue.