Melthouse Bistro

Standout Store: Melthouse Bistro

Though Wisconsin and cheese travel hand in hand, Troy Davis, a former marketing manager at Sargento Foods, discovered a surprising lack of grilled cheese concepts in America’s Dairyland.

Davis launched Melthouse Bistro in November 2011 in Milwaukee. The fast-casual eatery features an inventive menu modeled after the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s Grilled Cheese Academy. Pairing Wisconsin-crafted cheeses with artisan breads and adventurous toppings—from applewood-smoked bacon to grilled eggplant—Melthouse Bistro’s barn-to-bistro offerings have spawned a legion of fans.