Whether it’s homemade or from a professional kitchen, grilled cheese is universally one of the most beloved comfort foods. With crispy bread and melty cheese, it’s hard to deny the happiness and satisfaction that comes from devouring this gooey sandwich, and April 12th is a day entirely dedicated to doing just that. Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with each of these Philly kitchen’s interpretations of the classic bite.
From the kitchen of an Old City favorite comes a luxury take on the pleasant dish. Offered exclusively on their lunch menu, the Mortadella Grilled Cheese with calabrian aioli served on sourdough is bound to satisfy even the toughest critic’s taste buds. $15, 52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313, royalboucherie.com
Could there be a more classic food pairing than “grilled cheese and tomato soup?” Jones doesn’t think so. So go on over to the retro-inspired diner for their cheddar fontina sandwich on thick cut white bread served with warm with tomato soup. $12, 700 Chestnut St., 215.223.5663, jones-restaurant.com
If you’re looking for the ultimate selection of grilled cheese options, MeltKraft is the place to go. Located in the back portion of Reading Terminal Market, their stand is dedicated to providing diners with an assortment of farm-sourced options ranging from the “Classic”— a trio of melty cheeses—to the “Melter Skelter”—a three month raclette with pickled green tomatoes, jalapeño, BBQ potato chips and watercress. Various prices, 12th and Arch St., 267.639.3309, meltkraft.com
Celebrate this national holiday by ordering the lunch menu exclusive dish from this American cookery. Their Pennsylvania noble cheddar melted onto toasted potato bread is the epitome of perfection, and is guaranteed to make you smile through every bite. $12, 308 Market St., 215.625.0988, highstreetonmarket.com
Puppy lovers will adore this three floor, dog-inspired restaurant almost as much as they’ll love their brisket grilled cheese. Grab a pint and pair it with the kitchen’s braised brisket and sharp cheddar served on sourdough. $13, 224 S. 15th St., 215.985.9600, gooddogbar.com
Head to University City for a classic take on the mouthwatering dish. Their combination of traditional American cheese enhanced by subtle smoked cheddar is bound to delight, and the side serving of fries makes for a well-rounded plate. $12, 20 S. 33rd St., 215.398.1874, coopphilly.com
Photography by: Royal Boucherie photo courtesy of Royal Boucherie, Jones photo courtesy of Maggie Riley, MeltKraft photo courtesy of Valley Shepherd Creamery, High Street on Market photo courtesy of High Street on Market, Good Dog Bar photo courtesy of Good Dog Bar, CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge photo courtesy of CO-OP at The Study