Tired of seeing plain old grilled cheese on just about every kid’s menu in town? Park Slope’s newest restaurant, Meltkraft, is sure to renew your interest in the comfort food staple. They have a roster of artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, made from local handcrafted cheeses in dreamy combinations for adults and kids, that are anything but ordinary.
What’s the Story With Meltkraft?
If you’ve been to Park Slope’s Valley Shepherd Creamery (211 7th Avenue) stocked with artisan food, you may have already tasted some of the yummy cheese featured on the menu. The shop, and Meltkraft get their cheese (except for the Brie) from the Long Valley, New Jersey farm where they’re handcrafted in small batches making these grilled cheese sandwiches a real farm to table experience, which we’ll describe in detail soon.
This shop doesn’t stop at grilled cheese though. You can also stop in to grab a coffee, baked goods, cheese to take home or other gourmet foodie items. And did we mention they have a great selection of craft beers on tap?
What’s on the Menu at Meltkraft?
While your kids can order the Lil’ Shepherd “kid sandwich,” yellow cheddar on brioche for $6, you could also challenge their palette (or yours) with one of the restaurants more unique offerings ranging in price from $8.25 to $8.75. Red Tricycle sampled the delicious Melter Skelter filled with Raclette style cheese, jalapeño (though it wasn’t spicy), BBQ potato chips, pickled green tomatoes and watercress that’ll please parents and kids alike.
Other interesting options include a sandwich with goat cheese, smoked salmon, balsamic pickled red onion and watercress; one featuring cured ham, cornichon pickles and Somerset cheese; and the grand daddy of all grilled cheeses – a combo of Valley Thunder cheddar, Bubbe’s brisket and baked macaroni. Yes, macaroni in your grilled cheese.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are served with chips or a salad and you can add on extras from healthy roasted chicken or tomato to decadent bacon or the option to grill them in duck or bacon fat. And what would grilled cheese be without tomato soup? You can pair your sandwich with Meltkraft’s Roasted Fennel and Tomato Soup.
Insider Tip: If your kid is open to sharing, order one of the “adult” sandwiches to split (they’re super cheesy and rich!) and then add on a side of soup or cole slaw for a healthier option.
The Nitty Gritty About Meltkraft
It’s family friendly. Besides having a kid’s option on the menu, you’ll love that there’s a changing table and high chairs, and it’s easy to wheel your stroller right in.
You can sit outside. There are tables inside, but there are also two outdoor seating areas – a few tables in the back garden and a few outside the front of the restaurant.
They’ll cater to your special diet needs. Many of the menu options are vegetarian and if you’re looking for gluten-free choices, or pasteurized cheese (we’re talking to you pregnant mamas!) just ask.
It’s easy to find. Take the F train to 7th Avenue in Park Slope and it’s just around the corner on 9th Street.
442 9th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues
Park Slope, Brooklyn
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— Julie Seguss