A couple of weeks ago, I made my first official trip to Cleveland, Ohio. Outside of driving through, and heading to an Indian’s game, I really have not spent so much time there. While there, I had the opportunity to visit Melt Bar and Grilled. This place is not your average hole in the wall restaurant. Man v. Food has filmed an eating challenge there. In 2008, it was named as one of the best sandwiches in America. The restaurant’s “raves & reviews” boasts more than its fair share of praise – and here’s why.
The sandwiches are hearty, there’s no disputing that. I had theParma, Italy: think of it like chicken parmigiana on texas toast with a side of hand-cut fries. My dining companion had the Winter Chicken: a spicy pepper-jack coated chicken breast also served on texas toast with a side of fries. Both were delicious.
The atmosphere in the restaurant (We visited the Detroit Ave local) was refreshing – not just a bunch of college kids hanging out, but there were some families, couples, groups.. a nice gathering of people from all walks of life. The staff was very accommodating and attentive. Other than waiting for a table (we waited just over an hour for lunch on a Sunday), it didn’t take too long for orders to come out. They also use a creative system for those waiting for a table – name tags the customers had to wear boasting celebrities or characters (yours truly had “Hannah Montana”).
Would I go there again? Definitely! I would love to try just the basic grilled cheese next time (or Kindergarten, as they call it). The next time you make it Cleveland – be sure to try this place out – you won’t regret it.