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Melt Bar & Grilled
Taps: - / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14718 Detroit Ave.
phone: (216) 226-3699
(Place added by: Dogbrick on 12-07-2006)
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
WOW! That's the first thing that comes to mind. This place is delicious and incredible and I will be going back MANY times.
The atmosphere was surprising. I figured going on a Wednesday evening meant that we'd have an easy time getting a table. When we got there, though, the place was hoppin'. There were people everywhere waiting around for their table with beers in hand. We had a 45 minute wait for a table, so we decided to find a spot at the bar instead. That was full, so we ordered drinks (fresh two hearted on tap and ST Pumking for my partner, also on tap) and waited for about 10 minutes until one of the employees found us a spot to wiggle into at the bar. The setup was great. There were signs everywhere about the sandwich of the month and the new pumpkin beers they had just received. I would recommend sitting at the bar by one of their beer coolers so that you can stare in awe at their bottle selection.
Now. The beer. There were 10+ taps, including those I mentioned earlier and other Oktoberfest/pumpkin beers, Left Hand, DFH, Guinness, Breckenridge, and others. Their bottles included everything from Stone and Bear Republic bombers to Chimay and Aventinus, up to 12oz of beers from every brewery I could think of finding in Ohio. Great Lakes, Shipyard, Left Hand, Harpoon, and sooo many others. I was sitting by one cooler, and the bartender at some point told us they just kept building coolers because of all the beer they're bringing in. The beers were FRESH. They are continually rotating their taps and bottles, and even as we were sitting there, one of the employees was putting new drink lists into the menus. They divide their selection into style, which can be helpful for folks who know what they like. Other than Two Hearted on tap, I had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (bottle). I could have stayed there all day and had beers. And their food? Well, read on...
The best sandwich I've ever had. Hands down. It was the special called the "Soul Vegetarian", with fried green tomatoes and jalapeno cornbread IN the sandwich, not as a side. Their fries are perfect, and their cole slaw isn't smothered in nasty mayo. My partner got the Diablo, which was a veggie burger smothered in all kinds of spices and peppers. They were both out of this world, and the portions are massive.
Even though there were a ton of people there, the service was spot on. Not only did one of the hostesses squeeze us into the bar the first chance she got, but the bartender served us quickly and was really attentive and friendly to boot. It didn't take long at all for our dishes to come out, which was surprising considering how busy they were.
What more can I say? If you haven't been to Melt, you need to go. If you don't like big crowds, I'd imagine you should go on a weekday afternoon. The prices on their beers are totally reasonable, and it would be easy to sit there and go lost in their selection all day long. I look forward to returning as a loyal patron!
09-10-2009 13:51:13 |
More by washburnkid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
AMAZING! I had this place marked off from researching my Cleveland trip on BA and about 3 locals said we had to get there. We made the trip, and are sooo glad we got there. The beers were great! The selection was more than I expected when I saw the size of the place, I started with a Stone Ruination and a Belles Two Hearted IPA.
The sandwiches will just blow you away, we ordered 2 and shared them and won't soon forget how good they tasted!
The bartenders and staff were all personable and made us feel at home.
You must go here if you are in the Cleveland area!
08-11-2009 08:41:02 |
More by RayYanks23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to this place on a saturday night, arrived around 6:30. We were informed by the host that we had an hour wait for a table. While waiting we made it to the bar for some beers. Had a nice selection on tap. Did not look at how many bottles, the tap selection was good. My wife had a few rodenbachs while I had a few troegs pales. We finallly got seated around 7:45. We promptly ordered our sandwiches and another round of brews. The beer was delivered quickly, the food was another story. We easily sat for another hour before our food arrived. The food was tasty and filling, but not worth spending over 2 hours waiting for. Granted it was a sat night, but I have never waited this long anywhere else during peek times. If you go, hit it when it is not prime time.
06-21-2009 21:29:34 |
More by UDbeernut
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This Joint is really an excellent stop when you're in cleveland. It's a very organic indie feel and the simple theme to the restaurant is pretty much, "if it feels good, do it."
With Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and nearly every member of the staff with tattoos as entertaining as the words that come out of their mouthes, this place is the bar you wish you owned.
The bees on tap are all craft or import and the bottle selection is VERY obscure on both the import and micro side. I had enjoyed a nitro old rasputin and geuze boon. The staff is fairly knowledgeable but that's miles ahead of most places.
01-08-2009 22:15:33 |
More by GlassCityBrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $
Original bar had capacity for 60. A new expanded area can sit about 20 more. The kitchen, however, does not apparently have capacity for more than maybe 10 customers. More on that later. Returned home from there one hour ago. Here is the breakdown.
A Really good. A regular bar with cool dark wood surfaces most everywhere with chalkboard anouncements of specials, soups and the like. Menus are on old album covers which is really cool too.
Q Good for the food and the beer selection.
Service: Not impressed in that four of us ordered grilled cheese sandwiches (each of them come with fries and cole slaw like each of the sandwiches served there) and it took something like 1 hour 10 minutes to get them. We arrived at 4:45 and our order was in before 5pm. I understand that they are a small place but grilled cheese, fries and cole slaw? How long could it take to make that stuff?
Selection: Good with about 20 taps and about 100 bottles of high quality. There was a fun selection of grilled cheese sandwiches as well, about 30 of them I think. They don't have a lot of other food choices but that is o.k., they are a grilled cheese place.
Food: My food was served cold (no wonder with over an hour of wait time) but it would have been great if it were served hot. As mentioned before, there is a fun selection of foods there.
Value: A sandwich, fries and cole slaw for $9. That is not bad. Beers were competitively priced as well. I got a nitro Old Rasputin for $5.50.
11-02-2008 01:25:03 |
More by adamette
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Melt is a very nice place with a respectable beer menu. This place was suggested to us by the folks down the block at Rozi's, good suggestion!
An eclectic place for sure with art deco stuff all around and old album jackets use for menus...cool.
Around 20 draft beers with another 120+ bottles. Enough choice to make anyone happy. Our table of 3 all picked the fresh GLBC Nosferatu.
The service was prompt and friendly. Certainly nothing to complain about.
Food was the best feature. An upscale sandwich joint. I got home made pierogi's with a cup of Pumpkin Curry soup. The soup was made in store and wonderful. Thick, rich, creamy and spicy to the point of letting you know it was!
One of my companions got a Monte Cristo that came with a referral to a local cardiologist and the other a mushroom melt with enough shrooms to make an entire parking lot of DeadHeads happy and enough cheese to float a boat!
All in all a pleasant experience and good recommendation by the folks at Rozi's. I will certainly visit again when in town. Maybe for the very interesting looking Sunday brunch.
10-26-2008 06:57:10 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Melt is a fantastic place with a great beer menu. I live about an hour and fifteen min. south of lakewood and I've made the trip up here twice. Who dosen't love grilled cheese. They even have vegan cheese along with a wide variety of gormet cheeses. There beer list can easly compliment anything they have on there menu.
There atmosphere is eclectic, dark and fun. The place is small but they are expanding into the place next door. The service is good and prompt evan though it can get very busy.
I've ordered two make your own sandwiches and five beers for around $28. The grilled cheeses are huge. They also come with some really good cole slaw and a ton of fries.
They have about 10 drafts and about 50 bottles ranging from small craft beers too imports evan a gruze. If your near Cleveland, Lakewood is on the near west side, you got to get over here. It is one of my fiance's favorite places to eat.
06-24-2008 19:39:39 |
More by johanvond
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
A small restaurant with trendy faux-art lining the walls and hanging from the ceilings. The punked-out and trying-to-hard-to-be-eccentric clientele looked down at us, despite the fact that my fiance and I were probably the only REAL artists in the place. Typical west side attitude. Rant over...moving on. Overall, I was a bit let down. Good beer and good food, but a bit overhyped. The beer selection is large with about a dozen taps (some good, some not) and 100+ in bottles. The beer menu is not organized well and is a bit ackward to navigate. The selection is on par with the Winking Lizard. The food scores points for originality and creativity, yet it was a bit pricey and took forever to arrive at the table, even during non-peak hours on a weekday. Overall, an interesting place, but not worth going out of the way for.
06-27-2007 21:09:34 |
More by klewis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is another good beer bar in Lakewood! The have 100+ bottles and are continually adding. We were told they hope to surpass the old Warren Tavern in selection! I'll believe it when I see it....but they certainly sounded sincere and excited.
The servers were very friendly and chatty and handed me the beer list rather than pointing at the fridge.
The bar is quite small and I'm not sure I could stand it if busy, but it was pretty cozy and friendly at lunchtime, midweek. The specialty it grilled cheese, but we didn't try anything. I'll be sure to update when we do.
This is a nice addition to the west side bar scene.
06-16-2007 19:24:34 |
More by babyhobbes
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Melt Bar & Grilled is situated on Detroit Ave and in between St. Charles and Warren Rd. in Lakewood. It's more near Warren then St. Charles. Just look for a sign with a grilled cheese sandwich painted on it. It about 2 blocks east of Rozi's and the free parking at the Marc's plaza. When I first walked in, I noticed that it's a clean tiny little bar with very limited seating around it. I thought the back doorway lead to another room, but that only leads to an exit. I would hate to see it on a busy day. It's decorated like an average Cleveland bar with pictures of the Cleveland Indians and some kooky stuff like one of those Christmas light up lawn snowmen sitting on top of the bar mirror platform. They say they have over 100 different beers, but that's probably not at one time. They have 11 different taps and a refrigerator filled with 9 beers per rack with only 5 shelves in it. That only equals 56 (bottles + drafts). There might have been more different bottles of beer behind the first one, but I'm doubtful about that.
I had good service here because we were almost the only ones in there. I think the bartender knew what she was talking about, but just ask to see their beer menu because that has all the information you need to know about the beer. In the beer menu they list the country or state of origin, style, and alcohol content. The bartender knew how to pour the beer, but they pour all of their beers into an average pint glass. I sure hope I'm not sounding like some kind of beer geek by saying that I would have liked to see more of a variety of glassware than just your run of the mill 12 oz. pint glass.
I believe they serve breakfast here all day, but they specialize in toasted cheese sandwiches. I never knew you could keep a restaurant in business with mostly toasted cheese sandwiches on the menu, but they do. They have a big variety of toasted cheese sandwiches, from just the basic to on with different kinds of meats on it. They have 6+ different kinds of cheeses you're allowed to choose from to put on your sandwich. I just got the basic with the Smoked Gouda and that was just great. You get two sides with your meal, hand cut fries and slaw. The fries were good, but I hated their slaw. It tasted like you were biting into a big Vidalia onion. Yuck! The waitress asked why I didn't eat it and when I didn't respond quickly, she asked if it was too healthy for me. All I did was just smile back.
When I was there, their tap list consisted of Old Rasputin, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Breckenridge 471, Arrogant Bastard, Blue Moon, Dogfish's 60 minute, Pyramind Apricot, Great Lakes Dortmunder, Guinness, Delirium, and just one more I don't remember. It might have been Miller, but all I know is that it wasn't any kind of decent micro. Their bottle list consisted of Stone's IPA and Oaked Bastard (last case they had), Stoudt's, Victory, Buffalo Bill, Great Lakes, Bell's (including Consecrator Doppelbock and Hell Hath No Fury), Great Divide (including their regular Yeti), Weyerbacher, Abita, Clipper City, Harpoon, Celebrator, Brooklyn, Rogue, Lagunitus, Founders, Chimay, Hoegaarden, and more. That more is including a couple more bottled Belgian beers.
I didn't think their prices were all that bad. I thought some of their sandwiches were on the pricey side, but their beer was pretty good. Draft micro beers were $3.50 a pint while Old Rasputin was $4. Their bottled prices differed, like any other place, but were also not too bad. I enjoyed my stay at this small little bar in Lakewood. I would go back again in the near future, but next time I would say hold the slaw and double down on the fries.
02-17-2007 22:54:40 |
More by AltBock
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