The hubs loves food. In fact, one of his favorite shows is Man vs. Food. So when we travel, we always make it a point to see if Adam Richman has visited any of the areas we go to. If he has, you better believe that we will be visiting that restaurant. On our latest jaunt to Cleveland, we saw Adam went to Melt Bar and Grilled where grilled cheese is the name of the game.

Adam’s Experience:

The challenge directly from Melt Bar and Grilled:

Our monster grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw. Over 5 lbs. of food! Finish it all without any help or trips to the bathroom and you will be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and we’ll immortalize you in our online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.


Our Family’s Experience:

We went to the Independence, Ohio location right after our outing at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. It was about 5 minutes away. This particularly location is at a strip mall with a parking lot.

Atmosphere: Instead of putting your name down for a table, you get a name tag. We waited about 10 minutes before they called our “name” Gene Simmons. There’s kitschy and fun decor everywhere. To add to the kitschiness of the place, they were playing the Flintstones on the television. Even the menus are on old vinyl record covers.

Food: The hubs decided not to partake in the challenge. Instead, he opted to make his own DIY grilled cheese sandwich with 4 different cheeses instead of the required 13. According to the him, it “was the best grilled cheese sandwich” he’s ever had. I ordered the Monte Cristo and it was huuuge. I think I ate a quarter of it before I became full. It was definitely yummy.

Montecristo at Melt Bar and Grill Cleveland

Family Friendliness:
There is no kid’s menu, but you won’t need one. Grilled cheese IS the main item offered, so it’s easy enough to share something with the lil ones. They didn’t offer any crayons or coloring pages either, so it may be worth it to bring something to keep the kids entertained.

Bottom Line: Yes, I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. We were afraid that the line would be crazy and we’d have to resort to take out, but I am so glad we came here. What a fun place! It was one of our favorite restaurants during our whole trip.

Interested in seeing what we did on our Cleveland trip?

Day one: Seeing elephants and splashin’ around at a waterpark
Day two: University Circle Fun
Day three: Trains, Science, and Rock & Roll