If you’re in the mood for a new spin on good old fashioned comfort food, take a trip to The Melt, a grilled cheese and soup mecca at the Stanford Shopping Center (and across the Bay Area, and moving into SoCal). Even if you can’t make it to the restaurant, you can try recreating these moan-inducing combinations at home:
The Classic: Sharp Cheddar on Potato Bread with Tomato Basil Soup
The Mission: Jalapeno Jack on Sourdough with Sweet Corn Tortilla Soup
The Outlaw: Colby Jack on Eight Grain with Spicy Black Bean Soup
The Italian Job: Fontina and Provolone on Garlic Bread with Italian Sausage and Pepper Soup
The Parisian: Brie and Apple Butter on Country French with Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Orders come with crispy potato chips, and they even offer a S’more dessert sandwich if you want to go all out.
The Melt has a clean white and orange interior, friendly service, a high-tech screen to show the status of your order, and comfortable seating. The sandwiches taste especially good dipped in the soup, the flavors complementing each other in delightful combinations.
They offer occasional specials too, like the delectable savory Portabello mushroom and Swiss cheese sandwich. It had mushrooms practically falling out of the sandwich, always a good thing for me.
I also lost count of how many times I moaned while eating a Parisian sandwich and soup lunch. It tasted even better since I’d worked up an appetite while shopping, a perfect excuse to stop and enjoy a mouthwatering meal at The Melt.