With seven kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches to choose from, I had trouble deciding which to order during two recent visits to Melt Down's newest location in Newark, Delaware. (The mini chain also has three Pennsylvania spots in Wayne, North Wales and Springfield.)
|Melt Down's gluten-free "BCT" sandwich|
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The restaurant's soups are not gluten free, which is mildly disappointing if you’re used to pairing a hot cup of creamy tomato with your sandwich. I'd also love to see gluten-free versions of Melt Down's Grilled Mac & Cheese and grilled ice cream sandwiches. Still, I appreciate the variety of options that are available and consider it a step toward the day when more of the menu items can be made gluten free.
You’ll be pushing the $10 mark for a meal at Melt Down, which is comparable to other higher-end fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle. While you might be able to whip up a decent grilled cheese sandwich on your own, it's not as likely that you've got ingredients like thick-cut bacon, cured ham and crab meat in your home fridge. It's access to those additions that makes a trip to Melt Down a worthwhile one.