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Where to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

8 April, 2019 – There’s nothing quite like an ooey-gooey grilled cheese with a slight crunch on the outside, buttery bread, and a mouth-watering cheesy middle, paired with tomato soup, fries, or eaten straight up.

The grilled cheese is the epitome of melted goodness and should be celebrated as such, which is why this National Grilled Cheese Day, on April 12, the below Philly restaurants and bars have put together their best grilled cheese sandwiches with delicious sides, holding nothing back when it comes to melted, cheesy deliciousness and decadence. .

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Mighty Melt at The Bourse, the inventive grilled cheese sandwich shop located in Old City’s Historic Food Hall, is arguably the best spot to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day for obvious reasons. On April 12, guests can enjoy any delectable grilled cheese with a Quaker City Shrub for $12. With artisan breads from Mighty Bread Co. and fresh cheese, sandwich options include Happy Together with Amish cheddar, hot honey, and sourdough ($7); the Sure Shot with brie, prosciutto, marmalade, arugula, and toasted sesame sourdough ($11); and the over the top Brick House with Taleggio, braised beef, roasted mushrooms, onion jam, and rosemary peppercorn sourdough ($11). This smorgasbord of cheesy goodness is the perfect one-stop shop for all things grilled cheese.

111 S. Independence Mall | http://theboursephilly.com

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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, the cheesesteak favorite and recent viral sensation in Fishtown and Torresdale, also grills up a mean Cheese Fry Grilled Cheese ($6). The perfect combo for French fry and cheese lovers, this fry-stuffed, loaded up sandwich is made with two thick slices of buttered and browned Texas toast, and filled with French fries, melted American cheese, and cheese whiz.

1 W Girard Ave. | 215-423-5637 | 6030 Torresdale Ave. | 215-535-9405 | https://www.joessteaks.com

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CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge, the lively corner restaurant and bar in University City, has outdone themselves with an Over the Top Grilled Cheese, boasting a parmesan crusted brioche, summer truffle, Gruyere, and Fontina with Truffled-Parmesan Fries on the side. For $20, cheese addicts can dig into this truffle-filled, melty goodness for lunch on National Grilled Cheese Day.

20 South 33rd Street | 215-398-1874 | https://www.coopphilly.com

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MilkBoy Philly, located on the corner of Chestnut St. and 11th, has gone for a classic approach with a bacon twist, offering their Grilled Cheese and Cup O’ Soup, made with bacon jam, sourdough bread, and, of course, tomato soup on the side. This classic pair is available for $10 all day, every day for grilled cheese lovers.

MilkBoy South Street, located on the bustling intersection of South St. and 4th, has melted together cheesy favorites in their Grilled Cheese and Soup combo, with slices of jack, cheddar, and American cheese and bacon jam between sourdough bread, all paired with a tasty tomato soup. This delicious combo is available for $10 for hungry South Street visitors.

1100 Chestnut St | 215-925-6455 | 401 South St. | 215-925-6455 | milkboyphilly.com

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s American brasserie from award-winning Executive Chef Nicholas Elmi, is bringing their Mortadella Grilled Cheese ($15) with Calabrian aioli, Raclette, and sourdough bread and a side of French fries to the table for lunch. Hungry imbibers can pair their grilled cheese with a $2 martini or cocktail as part of the Martini Lunch Special, a weekday deal where guests can enjoy a $2 martini or cocktail with the purchase of an entrée.

52 South 2nd St |267-606-6313 | www.royalboucherie.com

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Baker Street Bread Company, the award-winning bakery and café serving up fresh breads, breakfasts, and lunches, has created the Ultimate Grilled Cheese ($8.75) with Fontina, tomato, house-made sourdough bread, and either pesto or Dijon with additions of avocado, bacon or ham for $2 more. This melted amazingness is available at their Bakery Café in Chestnut Hill for lunch every day of the week.

8009 Germantown Avenue | 267-336-7410 | https://www.bakerstreetbread.com

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-Eleanor King