Ever slap a whole pierogi into a grilled cheese sandwich? What about some lasagna? Too crazy for you to try at home? No worries! We have the perfect place for you to go and have a one of a kind Food Adventure!
Melt Bar and Grilled started out as a humble vision of Matt Fish, chef and musician from Cleveland, who loved the comfort of a good grilled cheese sandwich and a good craft beer. Fish opened up a restaurant in Cleveland Heights, and took this comfort food staple to a level of unexpected awesomeness. Here you’ll find incredible grilled cheese creations that you’d never dream of (or have and your friends thought you were crazy or pregnant for wanting it)! The portions are HUGE, but the price is right, making this a great place to bring out of town guests and families. When Melt’s newest location opened up near the Fairfield Commons mall in Beavercreek, the Food Adventure Crew knew that we needed to check it out!
When you walk into Melt, one of the first things that catches your eye is the eclectic decor. The
walls are covered with record albums, photos of famous musicians, and if you look closely, you’ll find some vintage style posters of past Melt featured sandwich specials. After being greeted by a very friendly server (Melt takes pride in trying to make each guest feel as they are part of the Melt family), you’ll be seated at spacious tables that make eating with a family or a crowd very comfortable.
And then you get your menus (which are printed on the back of old record album sleeves). How cool is that?
That’s when you realize that your biggest problem isn’t that you can’t find something you’ll like, it’s that you can’t pick just one sandwich to indulge in! And we can’t forget the appetizers and salads and deserts to choose from. We recommend getting the half sandwich as they are HUGE anyways and it makes you feel less gluttonous when you go ahead and order another half sandwich of a different variety!
We have eaten our way through most of the menu, Hungry Jax leading the way. After our visits to Melt, we have compiled a list of the best of their sinful stuff. We now present our patented “MELT Must Eats.”
We were hungry when we went, but wanted to make sure we saved room for the iconic sandwiches. So an order FRIED MAC N CHEESE and a plate of DEEP FRIED PICKLES were our favorites to hold us over. They both were awesome and the sauce that came with the fried pickles was an herb remoulade that was out of this world!
If you’re looking for a classic made right, this is it. Hungry Jax’s littlest one is going into Kindergarten this fall and she of course chose the “Half Kindergarten” for her meal. Perfectly toasted with just the right cheese to bread ratio! Your sandwich will come with a pile of french fries on the side. We highly recommend getting the Sriracha ranch to dip them in.
–THE CHORIZO and POTATO:
This sandwich is stuffed with fresh spicy chorizo sausage, potato hash, and sharp cheddar cheese. this was a great sandwich that was just the right amount of spice!
Named after Parma, the largest suburb of Cleveland, known for its high Polish-American population. This sandwich is one of the largest you’ll ever eat! a whole pierogi is tucked between two thick slabs of bread, along with vodka kraut, sautéed onions and sharp cheddar cheese. You can also get the pierogis as an appetizer!
–FRIED GREEN TOMATO BLT:
The ultimate BLT! Bacon, lettuce and and extra special crunch from the fried green tomatoes! True comfort food! Thank you Melt for this Food Adventure on a bun.
— WET HOT BUFFALO CHICKEN:
Get ready to salivate. This sandwich holds a crispy fried chicken breast smothered in hot buffalo sauce and topped with a blue cheese slaw, more crumbled blue cheese and then served with a side of ranch dip. Heaven on earth, seriously…
— THE BIG POPPER:
A grilled cheese take on the jalapeno popper! Fresh jalapenos are chopped up and mixed with herb cream cheese and cheddar. The whole sandwich is battered and deep fried and served up with a berry preserve to dip it in. A great combo of sweet and spicy. It will make you say “Helloooo Baaaaybeee.”
A traditional kid’s meal that’s over the top! Your little one will indulge in a sandwich with homemade peanut butter and berry preserves that’s oozing out from all sides! Don’t worry, they have plenty of napkins on the tables!
There are SO many more sandwiches to choose from, but these are our faves. You can always create your own sandwich as well. And don’t forget dessert!
—THE MELT CHALLENGE:
Got a big appetite? Go for the Melt Challenge! If you can polish off this triple decker sandwich that holds 12 different cheeses, a mountain of french fries and a hearty helping of slaw, you’ll get a free t-shirt or pint glass and a $10 gift card! We tried to convince Hungry Jax to do it, but she didn’t want to fill up on just one sandwich. So instead she tried three of them! That’s our girl!
–MONTHLY FEATURES of NEW SANDWICHES:
Melt also highlights a monthly featured sandwich. For the month of August, their tasty creation is the “SMOKEY and THE RIBLET”: boneless smoked ribs, slaw, pickles, BBQ potato chips and smoked gouda all stuffed into one sandwich.
Check out their deals such as “The Big Cheese Club” where you can sign up to receive special promotions and points towards a $10 gift card.
Consider yourself to be the ultimate Melt fan? Become part of the Tattoo Family. Yes, that’s right. If you get one of the official Melt logos tattooed onto your body, you’ll receive 25% off every time you go, for life! Big Ragu is considering a tattoo of a Parmageddon and Melt logo on his inner thigh.
HERE’S THE SKINNY on MELT BAR and GRILLED:
—The Dayton area location is 2727 Fairfield Commons Unit C, Beavercreek, OH 45431 there are 8 other locations in Cleveland, Columbus and Northern Ohio.
—Hours are 11am -10pm everyday
The portions are big, the prices are reasonable, and the experience is worth every penny! So gather a group of foodies and indulge in a true Food Adventure at Melt!
Remember – (Timely due to last weekend Fraze concert)
Hungry Jax, Chef House, & Big Ragu will always “Stop the World & Eat MELT with You!”