Melt Bar and Grilled Introduces Vegan and Vegetarian Weekends!

 

It’s true! Every second weekend of the month will have increased vegan and vegetarian options. I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself. If you live within 5 hours of any of their Northeastern Ohio locations, it’s worth the drive. Seriously. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Vegan Weekend Menu

We started with an appetizer. The only time we have ever gotten an appetizer at Melt. These tofu wings were wonderfully mighty chunks of tofu, coated to perfection and doused with hot sauce. Served with a vegan (!) ranch dressing and celery sticks, of course.

Buffalo Tofu Wings

It wasn’t an easy decision, but we got the Chorizo and Potato Sandwich and the Parmageddon. The fries aren’t vegan, but you can sub the fantastic potato salad that is in an herby dressing. It’s only a dollar more, and a no-brainer.

Chorizo and Potato Sandwich

The chorizo and potato sandwich has deep smoky undertones that make it addictive. Besides the chorizo, it had chunks of potato and cheddar cheese. We always opt for half the cheese because it’s just right for us that way.  The sandwich is beautifully toasted to a crisp, gorgeous golden brown that plays off the filling texture like a song.

Parmageddon

Never one to walk away from a pierogi, Jim got the Parmageddon. All the Melt sandwiches are insanely huge, but this one ups it a notch. Pan-fried pierogies are piled  high with homemade slaw and cheddar cheese. Jim added lettuce (he always does) and got extra pickles on the side.

Peanut Butter Bread Pudding

At this point in the meal, I’d eaten half my sandwich, 2 bites of Jim’s sandwich and had doubts about dessert. But how often can you get a peanut butter bread pudding with jam and vanilla ice cream? Plus, I felt that in order to blog this to the best of my ability, I had to order dessert! I’m so glad I did. I only managed a few well-balanced bites (a bit of pudding, a little blob of ice cream, and a dab of whipped cream, with a quick swipe of the jam) and my mind started to melt. I have no idea how they made the whipped cream, but it was the best I’ve ever had. Neither of us are big fans of bread  pudding, but this one changed our minds. The complexity of the dessert was nothing short of genius.

When you go to Melt, keep these tips in mind:

You can eat vegan there every day, this is just a special weekend event. Word on the street is that the menu is going to be expanded to include even more vegan-friendly dishes on a regular basis.

If you like the idea of the Monthly special, get it. Every one I’ve tried has been a well-conceived and fantastically executed sandwich.

If the Special of the Month (often with a vegan option) doesn’t get you drooling, I suggest you order the Kindergarten which is a basic grilled cheese sandwich. That’s just the start of the fun. Add any of the vegan toppings to make it your own. One of my favorite combos is seitan (house-made!), avocado, jalapeños, and cheddar, with a side of salsa. All the toppings can be found on the single page menu, not the album cover menu. That album cover menu is such a cool idea, by the way.

If you get the Kindergarten, get the roasted tomato soup, but ask for no cheese or vegan cheese.

The fries aren’t vegan. They are cooked in a shared fryer. But they will happily double the coleslaw for you, or sub the potato salad (this month) for a buck extra.

If you like the idea of the Monthly special, get it – you can always make your own sandwich off the menu another time.

Get the Big Cheese Club card! Ask your server for the details.

Before closing this post, let me take a minute to thank Matt Fish, the chef/owner of Melt. His recognition of the vegan community in Cleveland is a remarkable step forward for us. Thank you, Matt, for providing vegans with fantastic food options and always valuing our business. It’s people like you who have the potential to show the masses how incredible vegan food can be. Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas, and feeding us so well in the process. (Psssst… making all the corn on the cob vegan is the way change happens!  Thank you!)

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6 Comments

  1. Aimee
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    OMG…I cannot wait to get there…hopefully tomorrow but probably Sunday. Pierogi…I think I see a Parmageddon in my future.

  2. Tami
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    You can also get the pierogi for an appetizer!

  3. Posted August 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    That looks and sounds amazing, Tami. And you’re right, the bigger changes have the small changes to thank! Do they have them is San Diego? …must go and check…

  4. Tami
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Zsu! Nope, it’s a Cleveland based mini chain, a homegrown restaurant.

  5. Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I don’t know where to start! I just wish there was a Melt where I live. Those tofu wings look like perfection, but that pb & j bread pudding…whoa, I NEED to try and make that at home.

  6. Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Mgagie, it’s a home-grown (mini) chain and we love it. I’m already looking forward to the second weekend of September.

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