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Sandwich magic at Melted Napa Valley

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Sandwiches from Melted Napa Valley


For some, a sandwich is a simple thing. For some, a sandwich involves some sort of filling between two pieces of bread assembled as a quick and easy means of sustenance. While a sandwich can be just that, simple sustenance, it can also be something akin to a work of art. Choosing the right combination of fillings, bread, and condiments in order to maximize flavor, texture, and nutritional content is something entirely different. Putting that combination together into a sandwich that doesn’t fall apart in the middle of the first bite makes it a masterpiece.

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Finding a sandwich shop that has mastered the masterpiece is a rare occasion, finding one in downtown Napa, up until recently, has essentially been impossible. Sure, there’s a number of places that make the occasional incredible sandwich, but none, except for Melted Napa Valley, actually specialize in the art of sandwich making. The following is what I discovered, quite by accident, just yesterday, and I think you need to know about it.

Melted Napa Valley opened very quietly back in January and has been stacking unique combinations of ingredients between crunchy, savory waffles ever since. Yes, waffles. It kind of came as a shock to me, too. A very tasty shock, as a matter of fact.

Me and my husband went there for a late lunch not knowing what to expect, but hoping for the best. Well, the best happened. The two sandwiches we got, one filled with bbq tuna, smoked gouda, bacon, micro-greens, carrots, and dill, and the other with pastrami, swiss, melted blue cheese, sauerkraut, caramelized onions, russian dressing served between rye waffles were a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy. The combination of flavors was spot on, and the architecture was stable right to the very end. Waffles, with their abundance of surface area, crunchy exterior and soft interior, evidently make as an ideal tool of culinary conveyance when it comes to sandwich construction. Whoda thunk it? Apparently, longtime Napan, Paul Slack of downtown Napa’s Slack Collective fame, did, and we should all be thankful.

For $7-$10, you get two hearty sandwiches and a small cup of tomato soup for your dipping pleasure. Two things you should keep in mind about Melted:

  1. Despite the fact that I HATE tomato soup, the tomato soup at Melted is awesome - it’s good for dipping and good for sipping.
  2. Come hungry - these sandwiches are not, by any means, light fare.

If you want to take a look at the Melted menus, click here. You can also find Melted on Facebook. Melted Napa Valley is located at 966 Pearl Street in downtown Napa, and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.