Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Magic of Melt

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I am a huge fan of Melt. I just think it's such a fun place to go. Check the diet and the concept of time at the door. Within this space diets and time don't exist. One of the frequent complaints I hear is, "It takes too long to get a seat." When did you go? Thursday thru Saturday? Did you think it was going to be empty?

I was meeting my brother-in-law, sister, and 1 1/2 year old nephew. I got there at 6:30 and we had maybe a 20 minute wait. True story. I hate when people make it sound like there's always a huge line or wait to get into a place. A little bit of planning goes a long way.

We sit down at the table and the nephew was loving the plastic jack-0-lanterns (Ra Ra's as he calls them), that lined the shelves behind the bar. I love the laid back atmosphere, the beer selection, and the menus. In case you haven't been the menus are pasted to old album covers ending at about 1985-ish. It's a great topic of conversation, impromptu singing of songs from one of the album menus along with a childhood story usually ensues. In this case Ratt would be the album cover, Round and Round would be the impromptu song, and some seriously unattended childhood friends of mine huffing gasoline would be the story. Ah yes, memories...(or if you're huffing gasoline lack of memory).

I ordered the Curried Pumpkin Soup. I like spice and I got it. Served with goldfish, the soup is going to be a real winner once it gets below 50 degrees. Speaking of things that are going to taste good when it gets below 50, I had the Founder's Breakfast Stout. Snap! A) It'll put hair on your chest (maybe your back, too) B) It could put you in the happy place if you should happen to drink too many too quickly. I wish I had been drinking those during the Browns game on Monday Night. Try it.

For dinner I had the Mama's Meat Loaf. It's served as a sandwich, but there was no way I was going to be able to eat this thing without it ejaculating something all over my lap. The human mouth can only open so wide. How am I or anyone else besides Bowzer from Sha Na Na going to fit a healthy slice of meatloaf sandwiched between two slices of thick Texas Toast?

As usual everything was good. I always like to take fun people with me when I go here. My sister and her husband were great company, and my nephew held up well through the entire visit (only being occupied by an old disconnected Blackberry and a candy necklace). If you like beer, don't worry about the wait. Drink up. What's the big hurry?

Melt Bar & Grilled
14718 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107

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  1. Do you know if the pumpkin soup will just be a weekly special, or will they have it for the fall season? It would be incredible on a cool fall day or night, but if I have to rush down the street right away to try it, I'll be happy to!

  2. I agree; the menu, atmosphere, and the beer menu are all great. I don't mind the wait either, it gives you a chance to drink a beer or two and peruse the menus. Although, the big ass pieces of bread on the sandwiches can be unnecessary. I understand what they are going for, but as you said you can't eat the sandwich without tearing it apart. Thanks.

  3. Ryan,
    I don't know what the deal is with the pumpkin soup is. My guess is that it's going to be staple for the next few weeks at least. I'd probably run down there right now. I know I would (if I lived down the street).

    I wished they had a beer list like that while I waited at the Department of Motor Vehicles. It sure would pass the time much quicker.

  4. Sounds great. I'll be heading there ASAP!

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