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The 10 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Philadelphia

The 10 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Philadelphia

By Brendan Sweeney

Cheesesteaks may get all the glory in Philadelphia, but this city’s unsung hero is grilled cheese.

Whether you are looking for a tried-and-true standard grilled cheese, or something less conventional (but equally delicious), you’re lucky enough to live in a city that can accommodate every one of your grilled cheese fantasies.

This is a top ten, but you can consider it unranked. Grilled cheese styles have become too eclectic to truly define which one is best.

If you’re looking for more winter warmup foods, we’ve already done a guide to pho in Philadelphia and Philly’s best ramen spots. But for now…

Here is our roundup of grilled cheese places in Philly:

1. Jones

700 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 223-5663

This place has attained notoriety within Old City for its spin on grilled cheese. Try the “Cheese ‘hold the beef’ Burger” with Halloumi cheese, a brioche bun, avocado, and lemon aioli.

2. The Milk House

37 S 19th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (267) 639-4286

Come for the grilled cheese and stay for the ice cream, because The Milk House specializes in both. Try the “Diablo,” which comes with pepper jack cheese, chicken, pico de gallo, and chipotle mayo.

3. Meltkraft

46 S 17th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215)-687-4950

Sourced from their own cows, sheep, and goats, raw grass-fed milk is used to make this grilled cheese, ensuring that the food is created the way nature intended. There is also a sister location, Valley Shepherd Creamery and Meltkraft Grilled Cheese, at Reading Terminal Market.

4. Talula's Daily

208 W Washington Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 592-6555

The ingredients vary every day here, as freshness is paramount. Whatever type of grilled cheese you get at this farm-to-table market, you can guarantee it’s the freshest it could possibly be.

5. High Street On Market

308 Market St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 625-0988

A country-chic space with an edgy twist. The aptly named “Best Grilled Cheese Ever” is made with cultured butter, roasted potato bread, and the optional addition of an heirloom tomato.

6. Alla Spina

1410 Mt Vernon St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
Phone: (215) 600-0017

Vetri restaurants are highly esteemed in Philadelphia and deservedly so. Stop by this Italian gastropub for its Cheddar Broccoli soup grilled cheese.

7. Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse Square

1730 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Phone: (215) 665-9220

With generations of cheese knowledge under their belt, Di Bruno Bros. is a great place to explore different flavors to make the grilled cheese of your wildest fantasies. They also have additional locations at both the Franklin Market and the Italian Market.

8. Rex 1516

1516 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146
Phone: (267) 319-1366

Rex is characterized by Southern-inspired cuisine and reclaimed wood furnishings. At the bar, they make a stellar grilled cheese with house-made Pimento, which pairs well with happy hour specials.

9. Little Spoon Cafe

1500 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146
Phone: (267) 587-6559

With breakfast anytime and a strong emphasis on farm-sourced freshness, it’s easy to see why this location has garnered esteem from the patrons of South Street. Stop by during brunch for a bacon grilled cheese made with house-cured bacon, cheddar, tomato, caramelized shallots, and tomato-bacon jam.

10. Valley Shepherd Creamery and Meltkraft Grilled Cheese

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
Phone: (267) 639-3309

Located in Reading Terminal Market, this location offers all the farm-to-table dairy delectability of their other location.

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Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney is a writer and contributor at Philly Views. He can often be found exploring the city, playing a venue, or watching The Office for inordinate lengths of time.

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