It’s National Grilled Cheese Day because some people need a made up holiday to celebrate the grilled cheese. But not us at Foobooz World Headquarters. After all, I’ve called a grilled cheese by Bobby Flay “an explosion of taste in my mouth” and Jason Sheehan recently admitted that a grilled cheese matters to him more than a thick steak or even a lobster tail. As if today’s weather wasn’t enough of a reason to go for a grilled cheese at lunchtime, maybe this list will inspire you.
For the Fan of the Confident
High Street on Market
308 Market Street, Old City
It takes a certain confidence or maybe cockiness to call your grilled cheese the “Best Grilled Cheese Ever” on your menu. But once you have the simple combination of Pennsylvania noble cheddar, cultured butter and pastry chef Alex Bois’ roasted potato bread, you might just be convinced.
For the Bacon Lover Who Loves Bacon Grease
46 South 17th Street, Rittenhouse
Reading Terminal Market, Center City
Head to Meltkraft at 18th and Chestnut or in the Reading Terminal Market for Sheehan’s favorite, the Classic that he turns up by adding bacon and tomatoes and then requesting it be cooked in bacon grease. Right now, Meltkraft is serving up a special called “The Rampage.” It’s an ode to one of our favorite video games and favorite spring ingredients, the ramp.
For the Traditionalist
Suburban Station, Center City
37 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse
Named the Best Grilled Cheese by Philadelphia magazine in 2015, this is as simple and satisfying as it gets. Good grilled country white bread, butter and heaping amounts of gooey American cheese.
Where Every Day Is National Grilled Cheese Day
729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
1 Bank Street, Medford, NJ
33 grilled cheeses star on the Pop Shop’s immense menu everyday. Among the favorites are the Pop Shop’s and Flay’s grilled cheeses that starred on Beating Booby Flay on the Food Network. And for April, they’re offering a different grilled cheese for every day of the month.
When at the King of Cheese
Di Bruno Bros.
1730 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
120 Coulter avenue, Ardmore
The Di Bruno Bros. locations at 1730 Chestnut Street and in Ardmore have grilled cheese stations that take advantage of Di Bruno’s great cheese selection. We’re particularly fans of the Cheddar Chutney, made with Barber’s cheddar, smoked Gouda and Major Grey’s Chutney. Today, both locations will be giving away samples between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
When Carbs Are the Answer
Food Truck, Revolving Schedule
The Return of the Mac from Philadelphia’s first mac & cheese food truck puts the Mac Mart’s five cheese loaded mac and cheese between two slices of thick homestyle white bread and then grilles it up. As if that isn’t decadent enough, it’s then topped with some more American cheese.
When Calories Are the Enemy
Fuel proves a grilled cheese isn’t necessarily a calorie bomb with its High Protein Grilled Cheese. In just 400 calories, Fuel manages to put mozzarella, provolone and fresh lemon cream cheese on a grilled sandwich with spinach and tomato.
For the Seafood Lover
130 South 17th Street
For most the lobster roll is the go-to sandwich at Luke’s, but me, I can never resist the lobster grilled cheese. Gruyere, Maine lobster meat and a side of soup as well. I just wish there was a loyalty card program for that combo.
For a Mediterranean Spin on the Grilled Cheese
1311 Sansom Street, Midtown Village
Made on housemade bread, this grilled cheese features three Greek cheeses and comes with an awesome tomato-fennel soup dip. It’s a lot different than the one your mother probably made (assuming your mother isn’t a wonderful Greek woman).