Since I went gluten-free over two years ago, I’ve become accustomed to gluten-free sandwich bread. I’ve found my preferred brand (Udi’s) and try not to think about, for example, Martin’s potato rolls or Amoroso sandwich rolls, which I miss very much. I make my own sandwiches on gluten-free bread and, while they’re as tasty as they can be given the circumstances, it’s generally obvious to me that I’m eating a sandwich on gluten-free bread. So color me surprised when, over the weekend, I went to Melt Down Grilled Cheese in Montgomeryville (they also have locations in Wayne, Newark, and Springfield) and was completely blown away by the deliciousness of my gluten-free grilled cheese. Seriously, it didn’t even taste gluten-free (although it definitely was)!
Melt Down has 7 varieties of grilled cheese to choose from. I got the Classic grilled cheese made with gluten-free bread, and no joke, it was the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve had since going gluten-free. The foundation of the sandwich is perfectly toasted, oval-shaped bread. Since I was totally in awe of this bread, I went up to the counter and asked the staff what kind of gluten-free bread they use, and it turns out it’s an Udi’s bread that they get through their distributor. It’s bigger (and differently shaped—an oval as opposed to a square) than the bread from the Udi’s loaves you can buy in the frozen section of the grocery store. (If you’re reading this, Udi’s, PLEASE start selling the bigger, oval-shaped bread to the masses—it’s amazing.)
So anyway, this crazy good bread was expertly buttered and then toasted, and then—as if delicious, buttery, un-gluten-free-tasting gluten-free bread couldn’t possibly get any better—there’s cheddar cheese perfectly melted between the two slices of bread. It was so good. I’d love to tell you I savored every luscious bite, but nope—I wolfed that thing down and debated getting another one (for my waistline’s sake, I didn’t, but I was tempted).
Melt Down’s gluten-free grilled cheeses are only a slight bit smaller than their glutenous counterparts, which was a pleasant surprise. And in addition to cooking the sandwich in ways that greatly reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination (I’ve heard that they use a dedicated spatula and cook the gluten-free sandwiches in their own aluminum foil), they also make sure the chips that come with the gluten-free grilled cheeses are safe, too. While people who eat glutenous grilled cheeses get chips from a bin, gluten-free folks get a mini bag of Krunchers potato chips. In addition to those chips being safe for gluten-free people to eat, they’re also just the right amount of crunchy and salty—the perfect complement to a scrumptious sandwich.
In addition to making really delicious grilled cheese, Melt Down’s seating area was cozy and cute, the staff was friendly and able to answer all my gluten-free-related questions, and the food was ready quickly. As an added bonus, Melt Down’s soda fountain has several different flavors of New Hope premium fountain soda, which is made with cane sugar and is oh-so-good. (I fell in love with New Hope’s soda at Peace a Pizza many months ago, and I prefer it over the more traditional/national soda brands.)
If you go:
- There’s $1 upcharge for having the sandwich made on gluten-free bread. It’s totally worth it!
- Make sure to join their loyalty club to start earning rewards.
- If you’re gluten-free, avoid the soups, grilled mac and cheese sandwich, and grilled ice cream sandwich.