Who doesn’t love a hot gooey grilled cheese sandwich?

An oh-so-good comfort food, it’s even better paired with a bowl of tomato soup.

If you need an excuse to indulge in this national favorite, which has been popular since the 1920s, enjoy National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day today. That’s right, it’s a national holiday. OK, maybe not a holiday, but eating one might make you want to celebrate.

And while the classic is always an excellent choice, some local dining establishments have taken grilled cheese to a whole new level.

So, if you don’t feel like grilling your own, here are a few places around town where you can crunch into the melted goodness:

Bistro Byronz Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Mixed cheeses with tomatoes on grilled sliced Byronz bread ($8.45).

City Pork Grilled Cheese and Smoked Tomato Soup: Smoked swiss, aged cheddar, City Pork bacon on Texas toast ($9).

Goûter Restaurant: Cheesy crab, sour dough, Muenster, Colby and blue crab ($8.45).

Lasseigne’s American Grill: Smoked Gouda and crawfish grilled cheese, comes with seasoned hand-cut fries or handmade onion rings ($13).

The Blue Rose Gourmet Cheese: Mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinaigrette drizzle on ciabatta bread ($9.95).

The Londoner Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil: Swiss, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses grilled on rosemary focaccia and served with a cup of their house-made creamy tomato basil soup ($9).

The State Bar Cheesus Crust: Colby Jack and provolone on buttery sour dough. The menu suggests pairing it with the smoked tomato basil soup ($3/$5).