One of the first sandwiches everyone grows to love as a child is absolutely the grilled cheese sandwich. Being that its simplicity only requires some bread, cheese, butter, and generally a stovetop burner (although it has been done other ways), the grilled cheese sandwich is almost an American icon in the food world. If you are a believer in the power that is melted cheese between your favorite grains, then Melt Bar and Grilled is your kind of restaurant! Melt takes this basic childhood favorite and turns it into so much more: A gourmet restaurant!
Founded in 2006, Melt presents the idea that something as commonplace as a grilled cheese sandwich can be taken to entirely new heights and genres of the food world. Until Melt, it was rare to find grilled cheese and gourmet mentioned in the same phrase, but they use that phrase as a motto!
Melt offers dozens of variations to the beloved American classic, with sandwiches ranging from basic, to meatballs and cheese sticks, to peanut butter and cream cheese with banana and berry preserves, and even to grilled cheese burgers and so much more. If you are not a believer that grilled cheese sandwiches can be gourmet food, you need to come to this restaurant to have your mind blown!
In addition to one-of-a-kind food, Melt definitely provides a one-of-a-kind environment as well. With Cleveland-friendly electric signs, posters, and murals, Melt absolutely stays true to its Cleveland heritage. If that isn’t eye catching enough, you can feel at home at Melt in any holiday season, as the walls are adorned with plastic lit-up decorations from almost every holiday and season imaginable.
With an always-changing menu, monthly specials help keep fresh options open to customers. Melt even has a ‘Melt Challenge’ for all of you thrill seekers out there. A mammoth grilled cheese with 13 different cheeses, three slices of bread, and a pile of fries and coleslaw stands in the way of anyone brave enough to take it on.
One other interesting promotion involves a policy that allows anyone willing to get a Melt tattoo of one of their three Melt Bar and Grilled logos a 25% discount on any purchase at Melt Bar and Grilled for life! I guess this shows just how much you loved that grilled cheese sandwich growing up.
Prices and locations
Melt Bar and Grilled is definitely a unique experience that is absolutely worth going to check out. Melt patrons can have their taste of gourmet grilled cheese for less than $15, as all of the sandwiches manage to stay under this limit. While that runs a bit steeper than your basic grilled cheese, it’s an impressive price for how much food you get with each order, and definitely worth the cost.
Melt has four locations throughout Cleveland, with restaurants in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, Independence, and most recently, Mentor. As a Cleveland company, Melt Bar and Grilled stays true to its hometown. It is absolutely a place for a Clevelander to grab a classic and beloved sandwich with a few new twists, while feeling right at home.
As always, eat more, pay less.