Esquire magazine honored National Grilled Cheese Month in April by blogging about grilled cheeses from across the map on its Eat Like a Man blog. A former Roanoke Times online intern, Katrina Tulloch, freelanced one blog entry for Esquire about Roanoke’s finest location for grilled cheese sandwiches: Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar in Grandin Village.
Specifically, Katrina wrote about the $6.50 Swiss Melt at Pop’s, which is made with Swiss cheese, artichoke hearts, horseradish and Dijon mustard. It is one of about a dozen different kinds of grilled cheese made at Pop’s.
Other grilled cheeses featured on the blog during the month were the pecorino and almond pressed sandwich from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, the ropa vieja from Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill in Miami, the Caprese at Cheesie’s Pub & Grub in Chicago, and the grilled cheese at Bouchon Bakery in New York City.
To round out the month, Esquire put all of the sandwiches featured for the month up to vote by Esquire.com readers. The winner was recently announced, and Pop’s came in THIRD place behind only Cheesie’s of Chicago and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Truck in Boston. According to the bar graph on Eat Like a Man, Pop’s pulled in about 17 percent of the vote.
I know part of that is because Katrina promoted the heck out of the contest on her social media channels, which likely drove a lot of Roanokers to go on Esquire.com and vote for Pop’s. Thanks for all the love for the Roanoke food scene, Katrina. And congratulations to Pop’s! Maybe this is the place for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?
Anybody familiar with Pop’s is probably not surprised they can hold their own against grilled cheese makers across the country. If you have never been to Pop’s, get thee to the shop in a hurry to see why people love it so much. You can read more about Pop’s on their Facebook page here.