By Tim Jimenez, Erika Von Tiehl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is National Grilled Cheese Day, and many restaurants are taking the sandwich that mom used to make to a whole new level.READ MORE: Philadelphia-Area Clinics Temporarily Close, Pivot After FDA, CDC Recommend Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
There are even restaurants dedicated to grilled cheese, including one at the Reading Terminal Market called “Melt Kraft.”
Chef and manager Rebecca Foxman (photo) calls this day her favorite day of the year — about a sandwich close to her heart.
“It’s a nostalgic and very classic sandwich, and many people have a really firm idea of what makes a really good grilled cheese,” she tells KYW Newsradio.READ MORE: Lateshia Hill's Family Vows Justice Will Be Served After Deadly Triple Shooting In Wilmington
But many eateries, Melt Kraft among them, aren’t just using butter, bread, and cheese. They strive for fresh and unique ingredients.
Foxman has one called the “Valley Thunder” sandwich:
“It’s farmhouse, cloth-bound cheddar with our own homemade, braised, Jewish-style brisket, a little bit of our day-old mozzarella that we make fresh in-house every day, and then it has a layer of macaroni and cheese on top.”
And there may be no better side dish, of course, than a warm bowl of tomato soup, perfect on this rainy National Grilled Cheese Day!MORE NEWS: Duante Wright Shooting: Dozens March In Philadelphia In Protest Of Fatal Police Shooting