One of my favorite kinds of restaurants are the ones with a small menu, but commit to serving those few items with heart and love. When I first saw the sign go up for "The Melt", I was excited and hoping that it really was going to be an amazing grilled cheese mecca. I waited in line, chatting happily about what was to come. The closer I got, and the more sandwiches I saw, the more I realized that my expectations were a tad too high. I guess I was hoping for crusty bread, a variety of melty, oozy cheeses, and variations with artisan hams, fresh herbs, maybe a grilled mushroom or two.
For $9, friend and I ordered the classic combo, cheddar grilled cheese and tomato soup. The bread was more reminiscent of Wonder than Arizmendi. The tomato soup tasted almost exactly like $1.99 Trader Joe's fare. And the warm baked chocolate chip cookie (extra $) was very supermarket-refrigerator-cookie-ish. It would have been fine for a mall in suburbia, but not for food-haven San Francisco and definitely not for the price.
They have a nice little logo, clean place, lovely packaging, very nice employees. But we can see right through the parchment! Especially when you have places like The Sentinel and even the Grove right around the corner. Anyone else out there try it yet? Am I being too harsh?
1268 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
115 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA