Philly has been responsible for many good uses of cheese over the years that haven't included steak or Rocky training montages, and that includes having a way with the illustrious grilled cheese. To make sure you maximize your melty goodness, here are the five best places to get it around town
Meltkraft's Valley Thunder 51 N 12th St; Market East; 267.639.3309 The Valley Shepherd Creamery makes its cheese on-site in a see-thru Reading Terminal Market laboratory before it's melted into lunch experiments like the above-pictured brisket and baked mac Valley Thunder
Breezy's Cafe's Pretzel Roll w/ Mushroom & Brie 2011 Reed St; South Philly; 267.858.4186 Just like Rihanna, you don't have to explain why you're drawn to Breezy's Cafe, but it might be this pretzel-rolled melt of mushroom-studded brie
Mac Mart Truck's Return of the Mac 267.908.5662 Not just what plays in your head when the pink Drexel truck pulls up lunchtime, Return of the Mac is two wedges of buttered white bread toasted under the cover of American cheese, then pan-fried with a secret-sauced macaroni filling
Any of The Pop Shop's 30 Grilled Cheeses 729 Haddon Ave; Collingswood, NJ; 856.869.0111 Pick up where Bobby Flay threw down at Collingswood, NJ's Pop Shop, a South Jersey soda fountain with 25 frequently changing cheese melts, from that tasty-looking tomato'd number to another made with brie, apple, and Nutella
Say Cheese Philly's Breakfast Bombshell 484.324.8729; @SayCheesePhilly This roving Love Park staple starts pressing early with the Breakfast Bombshell, where a hand-formed Italian loaf is stacked with two eggs, American, bacon, and tomatoes.