The Guys Behind The Cheese: Spencer Rubin & Josh Morgan
Cuisine: Grilled Cheese / Sandwiches / Milkshakes
Vibe: Casual / Order at counter
Location: 111 Fulton Street (between William and Nassau)
Website: Melt Shop
How awesome is it that a Melt Shop opened up just blocks away from my apartment?!? I couldn’t be happier. Had to order one of my favorites, the Truffle Melt (havarti, arugula, and truffle oil). It’s so savory, light, and delicious. I was still a little hungry after finishing up, so I got back in line and ordered the Burger Melt. Totally LOVED the messy amalgamation of cheese sauce, melted pepper jack, burger sauce, pickles, and caramelized onions. I washed it all down with a super creamy black and white milkshake, made with hot fudge! Pure heaven.
My first grilled cheese
Truffle Melt (havarti, arugula, and truffle oil on sourdough)
Still hungry, so I had to order another one!
Burger Melt (pepper jack, cheese sauce, pickles, caramelized onions, and burger sauce in sourdough)
Black & White Milkshake
Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? A friend’s mom recently told me about Melt Shop, which specializes in a variety of classic and creative grilled cheese combinations. I was able to make my way over to the Chelsea location during my lunch break — if you’re on the East Side, there’s also another one on Lex and 53rd. Since I gave up beef and pork for Lent, I went with a couple of meatless options this time around: “The Classic” (American cheese on white bread) — simple and timeless — and “Truffle Melt” (Havarti cheese, arugula, black pepper and truffle oil on sourdough) — absolutely delicious! The staff were super friendly, and I loved the heart decorations on the takeout boxes for Valentine’s Day. <3 I’ll be back after Easter to sample a few more, like the “24 Hour Pork” (pecan and oak-smoked pulled pork with aged cheddar, dill pickle, and homemade barbecue sauce), the “Ham and Cheese” (imported Gruyere, smoked ham, homemade pickled red onions, and grain mustard on rye), and the “Aged Cheddar” with Vermont thick cut maple glazed bacon. Can’t wait!
Melt Shop: West 26th Street (at Sixth Avenue); 601 Lexington Avenue (at 53rd Street)
Truffle Melt (havarti, arugula, and cracked black pepper drizzled with truffle oil on toasty sourdough bread)
The Classic (white pullman bread with american cheese)
Love the Valentine’s Day takeout box
Royale makes one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. Period. The “Royale with Cheese” — a thick beef patty cooked medium rare (the only way to eat a burger) — was oozing with meaty juices and melted cheddar cheese. YUM! I also had a side of grilled Swiss cheese with tomato, which was crispy and buttery. Washed it all down with a couple cans of Porkslap. Doesn’t get better than that!
Royale: 157 Avenue C (at East 10th Street)
Royale with Cheese
I like my burgers to be a bloody medium rare 😉
Grilled Swiss Cheese with tomato
Porkslap: one of my favorite beers (partly because of the can!)
Driving around on a Sunday morning in search of a brunch spot, we stumbled upon The Fremont Diner in Sonoma. It was very unassuming, with a pick-up truck parked out front and a huge outdoor seating area with picnic benches in the back, where chickens roamed freely. The food was classic, hearty, and fresh. I thoroughly enjoyed my fried catfish and the grilled cheese with fresh mozzarella and summer squash. I also snagged a few bites of the chicken and waffles (outstanding!) and the pork sammie (moist and tender; loved the slaw).
The Fremont Diner: 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma, CA
Farm-raised American catfish with corn fritters and coleslaw
American-style waffle, fried chicken, syrup, and vella butter
Sonoma Country pork on ABC bun with Fremont BBQ sauce, coleslaw, pickled fennel, and succotash salad
Grilled fresh mozzarella cheese and mixed summer squash & blossoms with salmorejo