It’s National Grilled Cheese Day, the perfect day to give a shout-out to a local eatery that serves the classic grilled sandwich, plus a whole lot more. On a corner of Penn Avenue in West Reading, in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, sits Say Cheese! As you enter the restaurant, prepare to be delighted. Housed in a building that once served as a department store, you’ll find the atmosphere is vintage yet modern, sophisticated but casual. You’ll be greeted by a small market area selling artisanal meats and cheeses, spices, jams, and a myriad of other interesting items, all selected to pair perfectly with one another. As you head towards the back of the building, you’ll find a variety of seating as well as a view of the kitchen. Watch as the meals are being prepared by the chef and kitchen staff.
Speaking of meals, with a name like Say Cheese! you are sure to find an assortment of grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese plates, and interesting mac-n-cheese combos on the menu. What you might not expect are entrees like hand-crafted ravioli, sushi grade tuna steak, olive and pine nut stuffed chicken breasts, and crispy eggplant Napoleon. And yes, the dessert menu does include cheesecakes; two varieties, one with a shortbread crust, and an Italian rendition, made with ricotta. The best part, Say Cheese! prides themselves “on making everything from scratch, with lots of love,” so how can you miss?
Say Cheese! offers cocktails, an extensive list of craft beers, and wine, even flights of wine – no need to choose between red or white! While there aren’t any “cheese” drinks on the menu, you can ask for a wine and cheese pairing. There’s so much more to Say Cheese! than cheese. Be sure to give it a try the next time you dine out.