Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Cheese Halo Effect

  • Back on Girard for a Sketch-over, I was dealt a veggie burger with the American-cheddar blend this time around. The soy cheese, tasty as it was, hadn't been melt-savvy before. I discovered the unique method Sketch has for preparing their cheeseburgers. They grill the slices of cheese, producing a "halo effect" that gets the job done. If you like burnt cheese that oozes out like a dairy sunflower, raise yo hand. Me, too. Huge, huge improvement on an already craveable burger. Plus, this has to be one of the few places in existence where back-to-back orders for veggie burgers are a common occurence. Sketch, 413 E. Girard Ave.
  • Let's give a warm P'unk Ave welcome to Adobe Cafe, the latest Dos in Philadelphia, as it opens on Sunday. Soy cheese veggie taco dreams come true. The Southwestern bill of fare is marked with an overwhelming glut of vegetarian/vegan eatin'. The focus is on faux appendages: seitan wings, tips, and tofu fingers. Fine, but I want to deep-throat six feet of margarita. Adobe Cafe, 1919 E. Passyunk Ave.
  • Di Bruno Bros. Pronto is my trusted source for iced coffee when I need it quick, and they make a mean Mediterranean Plate, but since we're on cheese: the simple length of crusty, cheesy goodness that is their Caprese panini is a fund you can trust in.

  • I caught a glimpse of Surly Jim the other day. He's an old head, graying waves and guitar string eyes. I'm sobbing silently into my portabella, roasted red pepper & mozzarella-style almond cheese on focaccia.

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