Last weekend we went to one of our popular local independently owned San Diego East County restaurants. I ordered a patty melt, I have not had one in a long time and I was looking forward to having one.
To the best of my knowledge and my many, I mean many, years of experience eating patty melts, I've always gotten, and have come to expect a ground beef patty, of varying degrees of quality and fat content, topped with a slice of Swiss cheese and grilled onion. It is then placed between two slices of rye bread, again of varying degrees of quality, and grilled until a toasty brown and adequately greasy.
You can imagine my disappointment when anticipating a nice hot, greasy, cheesy, onion-y patty melt I was served a ground beef patty between two slices of Kraft American cheese slices, yes, the kind that you can buy individually wrapped, (you know, the stuff you buy to wrap the dog's pills in to get him to take them) on marbled un-toasted bread, that's it.
I wish now I would have gotten a picture of it but I sent it back because I knew the waitress picked up the wrong order. I was informed that, that is a patty melt.
A substandard cheeseburger does not a patty melt make.
This is only part of the story.
So, what do you expect when you order a patty melt?