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December 18, 2012

Restaurant Review: Melt in Northside

I had high hopes for Melt. I really did.

Can you guess which direction this review is going?

I had some kind of deal (Groupon? Livingsocial? Don't remember.) so we decided to go to Melt for brunch one Sunday. We got there at 2:25 PM and they were no longer serving brunch though brunch is supposed to go until 3:00 PM. So just a heads up, if you are going there for brunch, apparently you need to call ahead of time to make sure they are still gonna be serving it! I hate that. When a place advertises that they serve brunch or breakfast until a certain time, it should be until that time. I understand if they sell out of something. Then that should be expressed on the website or menu. Such as "Serving brunch until 3:00 PM or until sold out". Yep, that would be nice.

view of Melt from my car :)




















Here's what it looks like on the inside. There is also a seating area in the back but we didn't go back there to see it.


















  

My date :)




















Let's just say it wasn't the cleanest place. They had these yellow magnetic words on the wall for you to make your own phrases and words. Dingy yellow words. We didn't really want to touch them. They looked like they had years and years of grease, grime, and dirt on them.



















They had opened straws on the table. That's no good.... the straws are collecting dust that way! Their little salt and pepper and napkin tray had dirt in it, paper trash, and looked like it needed a good cleaning.




















Hard crusted food/booger on their display in the bottom right. Ew! Not touching that. Go ahead and click on it to enlarge and zoom in on the nasty.

























There were also flies buzzing around us and our food. Never appetizing.

Not only were there flies and dirt, there was a fan right next to me blowing napkins the whole time. Not comfortable while eating.

Oh, and the tables were tiny... our plates barely fit on them.

Finally after waiting 35 minutes, they brought out our food. We had ordered Rudys Nachos (which says $7.50 on their website but we were charged $8.75) as an appetizer but it ended up coming out with our food. Again, hate that. An appetizer is an appetizer. That means serve it before the main course!!!

 
















Anyhoo, the chili on the nachos was pretty good actually, but the nachos overall were pretty bootleg to us. Sun chips, first of all. Don't get me wrong, I love sun chips. But never seen them used for restaurant nachos. That was a first. And there was a half-melted slice of cheese on top, and cold shredded mozzarella. Not impressed for the price. Or for half the price, really.

























PJ ordered The Joan Of Arc with a side ($9.75). The sandwich had roast beef, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, blue cheese, caramelized onions and provolone melted on foccaccia. He didn't like his sandwich. I liked his bread better than my rye bread. I'm a foccaccia kinda gurl.

















I ordered The Hoffner with a side ($9.75). The Hoffner had roast beef, marinated mushrooms, red onion, baby organic spinach, swiss and horseradish cream melted on rye bread. The roast beef was gray and hard, unfortunately. I did like the marinated mushrooms and horseradish very much, but the hard gray meat and nasty rye made it not good for me. It was served with a side of cold, undercooked potatoes.








































 


For drinks, PJ got a Nantucket Nectars OJ ($2), and I got a Bottled 355ml Coke ($1.75 I think). No fountain drinks or free refills :(

It's not that I like writing bad reviews. Why would I? Why would I want to not enjoy an experience that I paid for?!? Plus you know I love food, people! I don't think there is ever a time that I am hoping for bad food. If I could write a better review, I would.

Hey, I just call em like I see em. It just wasn't worth it and we were very disappointed with the food, cleanliness, and wait.

Maybe you'll have a better experience?

Not sure, but I definitely won't be back to see if I will.

Not going back ever. Ever ever.


Peace, and bacon grease!






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2 comments:

Chris said...

Did they charge extra for the booger?

john caldwell said...

I think amateur food critics and bloggers should not use Group-on or restaurant.com or other discounts for their professional gain. If you are aspiring to be a critic or writer you should at least pay the establishment that you are using to promote yourself its due diligence. Good or bad review.