Melt Bar and Grilled

At the end of February, I took a gamble with the weather and headed through the mountains of West Virginia to Columbus, Ohio for both work and pleasure.  While in Ohio, I had the good fortune of dining at a few new places.  Melt, Bar and Grilled was one of those places.

Overall:  3.25  out of 5

Food/Beverage:   3 out of 5

Ambiance:  3.5 out of 5

Value: 3.5  out of 5

Service: 3  out of 5

Not a terrible rating.  Alright, let me set the scene.  Melt Bar and Grilled serves grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers (veggie and traditional meat), salads and a few other fried food dishes (fish and chips, chicken tenders), but they are renowned for their grilled cheese sandwiches.

Walking in the door, you are greeted by an over abundance of old school.  1950s era holiday yard decorations, big screen TVs playing 5 different channels and loud music overwhelm your sensory system.  We were dining with 3 children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old on this occasion and I am pretty sure they didn’t talk to any of us the entire night.  They sat with their eyes glued to the TVs while shoving their fried foods into their mouths.

The menu was presented on the back of an old vinyl album cover and had many items I was interested in trying.

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The selection of grilled cheese options were FANTASTIC, barring that you could only get french fries as a side.  Unless you ordered the 1/2 sandwich 1/2 salad (yes, you should do this).  I ordered the mushroom melt (garlic mushrooms, caramel port onions, arugula, provolone for $10).  The taste was great.  Carmel port onions are a great condiment to mix with mushrooms.  The flavors were well balanced and interesting.  Why the low rating?  Well, the slices of bread were about an inch thick each, which lead to a sandwich too large to put in your mouth.

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On top of that, the bread was very crusty, which made it more challenging to eat, due to the scraping on the roof of my mouth.  The fries were just bland.  No seasoning at all.  The Wet Hot Buffalo Chicken ($12) was ordered by one of my dinner companions.  She made the comment that the sauce didn’t have any heat to it, but the slaw was great! Her fries were also bland.

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The ranch dressing and pickles both seemed to be from a jar and thats ok but not anything special.

The kids meals were a great value! At $4.99, they were served a half sandwich and some fries.  Plenty of food.

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Service wise, our waitress was fine.  She didn’t give us extra information or try to help us make decisions.  On the other hand, she didn’t seem annoyed when decision making took a little longer.

If I were to return, I would certainly get the 1/2 sandwich 1/2 salad option and eat the sandwich open faced.  One of my dinner companions did this and said the salad was great! Lots of toping options and good dressing.  I’ve also heard they serve a great burger and the veggie option is one of the best a friend of mine has had.  But, considering a few of us felt sick after eating there, I don’t think I’ll be rushing back to wait in the 45 minute line for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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