What was that joke? The one about being able to cook an egg on the sidewalk? Or make a grilled cheese on the hood of the car? Though it’s crazy hot out there this week, before you know it the heat will fade into cooler weather and you’ll be ready to eat something besides watermelon juice and cold sesame noodles.
The good news is that that time is going to coincide with the opening of the newest Meltkraft. When the original location of the single-farm grilled cheese shop opened in Reading Terminal back in 2013 people fell hard for grilled cheese sammies stuffed with brisket, caramelized onions, and potato chips. The next two locations of the shop have been in New York, but for location four they’re coming home to roost.
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Bud & Marilyn’s by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran | Photo by James Narog
We made it through a long winter. We gloried in a warm spring. We saw new restaurants open and old restaurants close and it sometimes felt like we were gaining more than we were losing, but not always.
Still, there was always the summer to look forward to. There was the list of upcoming openings which seemed to be growing longer with each passing week — loaded down with well-known names and interesting concepts. The only thing was, so many of those places seemed like they should be open already. Like we’d been waiting so long for them that it was hard to believe they weren’t serving dinner tonight.
So with that in mind, we took a long look at our list of upcoming openings for the summer. We made a lot of calls, sent a lot of emails, pestered a lot of really busy chefs. And now, we have some updates for you — on everything from Bud & Marilyn's to Johnny Manana's. So for all of you out there who've been wondering if that Center City Meltkraft is ever going to open, or whatever happened to Jeremy Nolen's Whetstone, you've come to the right place. The Best Summer Restaurant Openings, right this way
Photo by Mike Persico
Brian Freedman reviews Meltkraft, the grilled cheese stand that’s part of the Valley Shephard Creamery in the Reading Terminal. The grilled cheeses are of course glorious, after all you can choose bacon fat or duck fat for the sandwich to be grilled in. Freedman aslo provides tips on how to resurrect the sandwich should you decide to get it to go.
Artisan Grilled Cheese at the Reading Terminal Market [Philadelphia Weekly]