My Heart Melted at Melt Bar and Grilled, Mentor, OH
Ever since Melt Bar and Grilled opened up in my hometown of Mentor, OH, I’ve been wanting to visit the newest location. After a morning of being pampered by my long-time hairdresser, Michael, at Ladies & Gentlemen Salon and Spa, and with my long-time girlfriend, Sharon, we headed out to meet another long-time girlfriend (36 years!), Megan, for lunch at Melt.
We arrived at ~11:50AM, and although Megan’s name had been on the list for 20 minutes or so, we still had ~30 minutes longer to wait. Seriously, y’all…Melt is *that* good, IMO – but, it’s also new, and therefore a novelty for folks who are enjoying vacation time this week.
As with the other locations, Mentor’s Melt has a fun and energetic vibe to it. Here’s a snapshot of the some of the eclectic decor.
The menus are even quite unique – printed on the back side of old album covers.
We perused our menus, and as with my prior visit, I quickly became overwhelmed with the choices. I mean…who wouldn’t be at a loss with all of these sandwiches (and this is just a sampling!)…
My friends each ordered the “half combo”. For $8.00, you’re served 1/2 of a Kindergarten sandwich, salad and a cup of soup. It’s a lot of food!
I asked that Mackenzie, our server, choose her favorite sandwich and surprise me. I loved that she didn’t hesitate! Just a simple “okay”, and off she went.
We waited. And, waited. And, waited some more, but finally, we were served our lunches! (It probably didn’t help that our orders were likely input mere seconds after a party of nine that was seated near us.)
Here is what I was served…
Mackenzie had chosen “Mom’s Meatloaf Dinner”, which consisted of homemade tender meatloaf, chipotle ketchup glaze, garlic mashed redskin potatoes, fried onion straws, muenster cheese, and was served with cole slaw (really good cole slaw – no mayo!) and French fries. And, all of this was $11.00. (also, there is an option for a vegetarian version)
As those of you who have followed this blog know, part of the fun of allowing the server to order for me is that I’m often served something I would otherwise overlook. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have chosen a meatloaf sandwich (with mashed potatoes, etc on it) – ever. However, I did really enjoy it! Well, at least the 1/2 portion that I was able to scarf down during our late lunch. I took half of the sandwich, and most of the slaw home with me. I left the fries behind, reluctantly, thinking that they wouldn’t likely reheat all that well. Luckily, another friend, Jenny was able to join us for the latter part of our meal, and noshed on a few fries as well.
Seriously, this sandwich was so tasty – and I’m thinking that it’s going to be just as good, if not better, as a leftover! (do I enjoy it cold, or reheated? dilemmas!)
I’ve heard people say that they think Melt Bar and Grilled is expensive, but I tend to think one gets a tremendous amount of very good “comfort food” for the price. You have to go into Melt knowing that you’ll likely wait, but in my humble opinion, the food is worth the wait! And, the extensive beer list can certainly help you pass the time! 🙂
If you’re in the greater Cleveland area and enjoy Gourmet Grilled Cheese sandwiches (or just want to try one), my suggestion is to MAKE SURE you stop by a Melt Bar and Grilled restaurant (in Mentor, Cleveland Heights (east side), Lakewood and Independence (west/south side)).
If you’ve been to a Melt, or a similar restaurant, what’s the best grilled cheese sandwich you’ve had?