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The Only Review That Matters- The Melt
Melt Bar & Thrilled
Sitting in my living room one day flipping through channels, I come across the show Man v. Food on the Travel channel. On this episode, Adam Richman was in Cleveland, Ohio and his challenge was to eat this 13- cheese, triple decker grilled cheese sandwich at this restaurant called Melt Bar & Grilled.
I looked into it more and I found their website. The Melt started as a small restaurant in Lakewood and have now spread to five other locations around Ohio. After looking at their menu, all of there food items were primarily some form of a grilled cheese sandwich. I talked to a few of my friends who live in Cleveland and asked if they knew anything about it. The comment consensus I got from them was whatever I ordered, I was going to love it. After much debate, my parents, my girlfriend, and myself ventured to the Melt in Independence to see it for ourselves.
Upon arriving, the restaurant didn't look that big from the outside but it was definitely the most prominent business in that area. As we go in, there's a giant mural of Cleveland legends, landmarks, and natives that take up the entire wall. We give our name to the hostess and she gives us a name tag with a funny name on it(ours was Ladybug.) after waiting awhile, the hostess called, "Ladybug, party of four?" My parents were giggling the whole way to our seats while my girlfriend and I sighed.
After being seated, our waiter brings the menus and takes our drink orders. The menus themselves are printed on the back of old record covers. After talking with my family we agreed that we would all get something different from one another. When the waiter came back, we were ready to order. My mother ordered the Monte Cristo, a deep-fried, grilled cheese sandwich filled with turkey, ham, cheddar, and Swiss. My dad got the Big Popper, filled with jalapeños, cheddar, and cream cheese then deep- fried. My girlfriend ordered the Wake and Bacon, filled with fried eggs, bacon, and american cheese. I got the Backyard BBQ, a sandwich filled with brisket, an onion ring, cheddar, and BBQ sauce. All our meals were served with hand-cut fries and a pickle. And how was it?
What I liked- The restaurant itself is amazing. The inside of the restaurant is way bigger than it appears. The décor of it is very cool. Looking at any wall you see sports memorabilia, retro restaurant signs, and old holiday decorations you're likely to find in your grandparents basement. The entire staff was very friendly and funny. Our waiter made it a point to check in on us every few minutes to see if we needed drinks or anything and always had something funny to say. And last, but not even close to being least, the food tasted incredible. I looked around the table and after everyone's first bite, their faces looked like they were given a gift from God. And given the huge portion size of the meal, it was surprisingly fair priced.
What I didn't- The only real problem I had with our experience was the long wait we had before we were seated. We waited nearly two hours before we were finally seated. Also it seemed like the restaurant was thinking smart when utilizing space. The Melt has a long bar, two dozen tables indoors, six outdoor tables, and four standing tables. The restaurant had a very high ceiling, so if I was designing a restaurants layout and saw I had a high ceiling to work with, I would have adds a second level to add more seats to account for the restaurants rise in popularity.
The Bottom Line- If you are ever in Cleveland or Columbus, you definitely need to make a stop at Melt Bar & Grilled. Based on my experience, whatever you try, you'll love. Word of advice, go at least two hours before you would normally eat. By the time you are seated, you'll be starving but trust me it is definitely worth it. You'll love the atmosphere, the staff, and most importantly the food. As you can see below I give the Melt five stars, and I never give five stars. If you don't believe me, check out Man v. Food or Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for proof.
The Melt menu