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
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
Modern meets retro at this New Jersey soda fountain that's decorated to look like it's been around for decades, even though it's only been open since the mid-aughts. The menu is straight up diner fare, featuring more than 30 kinds of next-level grilled cheese. Even though the ambience might feel a bit 1950s (ahem, the old-fashioned jukebox), new age things like gluten-free bread and tofu Buffalo wings will bring you back to the 21st century.
RTM is your indoor farmers market for all Philly fare, housewares and area specialties. Check out Meltkraft: from the guys behind NJ dairy farm Valley Shepherd Creamery, Meltkraft is RTM’s first-ever grilled cheese stall, equipped with a mozz-making laboratory, a 30-cheese counter, and eight hot-buttered melts stuffed with everything from burger, to brisket baked mac 'n cheese, to bacon fat. Or stop by The Rib Stand offering authentic Southern-style comfort food like BBQ, potato wedges and green beans.
Sometimes you find something great in an unexpected place. Other times you wonder if you're really old enough to be growing ear-hair already. But don't worry, this is one of the former times, because Breezy's Cafe is serving up next-level sandwiches, micro-roast coffee, and more in Point Breeze, of all places.