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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Starting at 5 p.m. tonight, Bottle Bar East will be offering five tastes of Allagash brews plus five-cheese pairings from Reading Terminal’s Valley Shepherd Creamery.
Valley Shepherd Creamery will finally open in the Reading Terminal Market tomorrow. The outpost of the North Jersey cheese farm will feature a glassed-in cheese room, where visitors can watch mozzarella being stretched and a grilled cheese counter named MeltKraft.
MeltKraft will offer eight sandwiches and sides that include duck fat, bacon fat, chicken, bacon and truffle oil.
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The Rick Nichols Room is open in the Reading Terminal Market, meaning more room for lunchtime diners and a dedicated space for special events and group rentals.
Also underway in the 120 year-old building is the construction of a cheese room by Valley Shepherd’s Eran Wajswol. When completed this summer the cheese room will feature a 150-gallon cheese vat in a glassed-in production room churning out raw-milk cheese. Check out more on Wajswol and Valley Shepherd in this article by Craig LaBan.
Elsewhere in the Market, The Head Nut (dried herbs, spices, nuts, grains and coffees), The Tubby Olive (fresh olive oils and vinegars) and Wursthaus Schmitz (German specialties from Brauhaus Schmitz) are all aiming to open this summer.
Cheesemaking room to debut at Reading Terminal Market [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Reading Terminal Market [Official Site]
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