The Queen of Sandwiches: Meltkraft Reviewed

The Melter Skelter at Meltkraft | Courtesy of Valley Shepherd LLC

The Melter Skelter at Meltkraft | Courtesy of Valley Shepherd LLC

Grilled cheese is the queen of sandwiches. Say what you will about its simplicity, its lack of intrinsic finesse (only rule: don’t burn), but it is precisely this lack of complexity that makes it perfect. Grilled cheese is tabula rasa—a blank slate onto which can be written anything (a love song for a hundred cheeses, a lust for tomatoes or bacon, a treatise on the comforts of childhood, of moms and dads, of easier times or poverty or innovation)—and that is what makes it so beloved. The grilled cheese sandwich demands nothing, but there isn’t much you can add to a grilled cheese sandwich that will ruin it (broken glass, gum, broccoli). It is, as it is, ideal. But infinitely customizable.

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Meltkraft Is Open in Center City


The menu at Center City’s new Meltkraft.

Grilled cheese specialist, Meltkraft has opened its second Center City location and first standalone storefront in Philadelphia. Meltkraft, which shares space with Valley Shepherd Creamery in the Reading Terminal Market has opened a bi-level location at 46 South 17th Street.

The grilled cheese shop offers a similar menu to the Terminal location,  with favorites like the Valley Thunder sandwich of brisket and baked macaroni and cheese, as well as the Somerset, Gruyere, cured ham, cornichon pickles and wholegrain mustard. Of course if you are a grilled cheese purist, the classic is three Valley Shepherd cheeses and nothing else.

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Best Sandwiches in Philadelphia

Best Cheesesteak: Philly's Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

Best Cheesesteak: Philly’s Finest Sambonis | Photo by Courtney Apple / Styling by Lisa Russell

The Washington Post acknowledged it yesterday and we’ve known it practically from the crib. Philadelphians know good sandwiches. And here are the Best of Philly winning sandwiches for 2015, including the best cheesesteak, hoagie and roast pork sandwich.

Best Sandwiches in Philly [Best of Philly]

Matyson To Become Second Milkhouse

Milkhouse's Coming Soon sign from Suburban Station.

Milkhouse’s Coming Soon sign from Suburban Station.

Tommy Guest, the owner and proprietor of Milkhouse, the grilled cheese and ice cream spot in Suburban Station confirms with us that he is taking over the just closed Matyson BYOB at 37 South 19th Street.

This will be the second location for Milkhouse, and will offer Guest some flexibility when compared with the original. There will be more room for seating, and gas grills, instead of the electric grills he’s limited to in the train station.

If all goes well, the second Milkhouse will open by the end of August.

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Pop Shop Opens in Medford


Collingswood family institution, The Pop Shop has opened in Medford. This second location takes over the former Farmers and Mechanics Bank at the corner of Main and Bank Streets. The inside is very reminiscent of the Collingswood location with a vintage soda fountain feel.

This Saturday, February 28th will be the official grand opening with live music outside from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and an official ribbon cutting ceremony set for 12:30 p.m. Inside, balloon artists will be on hand to entertain.

The menu will be the same as the Collingswood location with plenty of milkshakes and grilled cheeses to choose from.

The Pop Shop – Medford [Foobooz]

Grilled Cheese That’s as Good as It Gets

Photo by Mike Persico

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]
Meltkraft [Foobooz]

Sassafras Kicks Off Lunch

Photo courtesy of Sassafras.

Photo courtesy of Sassafras.

Sassafras in Old City is now offering lunch. The menu feature sirloin, ostrich and bison burgers as well as a grilled cheese with apricot jam (pictured), traditional fish and chips and more.

If it’s a drinking lunch, check out the single malt scotches or ask about the “secret” handcrafted cocktails, only available during lunch.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Menu offerings average $7.95 to $9.95.

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Foobooz Six Pack: Stuffed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Put down the white bread and step away from the Kraft singles—we’ve found a list of stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches so loaded and gluttonous that they definitely aren’t your average comfort food must-haves.

These aren’t your mom’s grilled cheeses, and you know what? They aren’t even sandwiches you want to tell your mom about because you know she’ll start jabbering about silly things like cholesterol and pesky little heart attacks.

These sandwiches, stuffed with multiple meats and cheeses and standard menu items squished together between different breads slathered with different types of butters and sauces, are stuffed with a dictionary of culinary bad words: fat, bacon, cheese, grilled, fried, baked, crispy, oozing, dripping, melting…

You don’t have to be in a bad mood to eat them, but you’ll definitely feel happier once you’ve started in on any of these six stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches:

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