Midwest Living Review
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a powerful draw at Melt Bar and Grilled, and they come in 23 varieties. Most are too big to eat in one sitting, especially if you dive into the seasoned fries and sweet coleslaw that come with your sandwich. Wash everything down with a brew from one of the six menu pages of beer selections, and you can call it a well-fed night. Some newbies start with the Kindergartner, a $5.50 homage to basic grilled cheese, with your choice of cheese. But most people dive in for artery-clogging options like the Westside Monte Cristo, a beer-battered version of the classic sandwich and made with honey ham, smoked turkey, Swiss, American and mixed berry preserves ($10); the Parmageddon, which packs in two potato and cheese pierogis, fresh Napa vodka sauerkraut and grilled onions ($10); and the Lake Erie Monster, made with fresh walleye, American cheese and jalepeno tartar sauce ($10). We tried the Hot Italian, made with grilled salami, honey ham, pepperoni, sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted garlic, provolone ($10). The sandwich arrived hot, savory, buttery and delicious -- but we struggled to finish half. It was so rich and filling, we marveled at the senior citizens in the crowd who packed entire platters away while saying to diners at tables next to them, "Isn't this amazing?" It's all served up amidst a comfy, kitschy decor. A display of collectible monster figures and farm-animal toys greet diners in the reception area. Other decorating touches include plastic, light-up holiday decorations, Cleveland sports memorabilia and menus printed on the backs of old record albums. The restaurant seats 120 people, and the staff says there is really no slow time. Your wait might last 45 minutes to two hours, but it's worth it.