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MELT Grilled Cheese

Posted by Rebecca Fleming / Reviewed on March 5, 2012 / review policy

MELT Grilled CheeseMELT Grilled Cheese is going to make a lot of hungry Humber College students happy. Open for almost two weeks now, MELT has taken up residence down the street from the college's Lakeshore campus, and is already a strong presence in the neighbourhood. Reportedly forced to close early after selling out on the day of their grand opening, MELT is taking Etobicoke by storm and satisfying local lactose cravings.

The space itself is fairly generic, with window-facing barstools and a touch of exposed brick giving it bit more warmth than your average fast food joint. To be fair though, MELT isn't claiming to be anything it isn't. While other grilled cheese places are offering up local and/or organic, elevated fare, MELT is more of a back to basics operation. Customers choose their sandwich, bread, and whatever free toppings they want. It is then placed in one of their timed sandwich presses, that I assume are set to golden-brown, and laid to rest in a wax-paper lined basket. They are the Subway of grilled cheese restaurants.

MELT Grilled CheeseWe ordered a trio of sandwiches and waited for our number to be called. The Toronto Tuna on rye ($5.99) came topped with smoked cheddar, mozzarella, roasted red pepper and sriracha mayo. The generous amount of tuna however left us wanting for more of that smoked cheddar flavour, which was a bit absent, as was the expected kick in the mayo. It wasn't bad for say, a tuna melt, but coming from a grilled cheese place it needed more, well...cheese.

MELT Grilled CheeseMy Tattooed Chicken ($6.99) with bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, herbed tomato and MELT sauce on multigrain bread turned out to be the favourite of all three. The chicken wasn't exactly crispy as promised but the herbed tomato and MELT sauce gave it a bruschetta like quality, and the cheese had a much stronger presence on my sandwich than it did on its tuna counterpart.

MELT Grilled CheeseThe Classic ($2.99) didn't go over well with our pint-sized dining companion who complained that he didn't like the cheese. This is only due in part to the fact that he (along with others of his age crowd) has grown accustomed to grilled cheese sandwiches made with the orange square slices that are just about as plasticky as the sleeves they come wrapped in. The poor bugger couldn't appreciate the sharp Canadian cheddar...but I did when I stole a few bites from his cast offs. It was worthy of its name, and priced very fairly.

I've seen a lot of places around Mimico and Long Branch open up only to close shortly after, but a new wave of restaurants appear to be here to stay — ones like MELT and FBI Pizza that are putting a bit more effort and money and effort into their establishments and the products they're turning out.

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Thanks / March 5, 2012 at 09:21 am
I don't think anyone craves lactose. They crave milk fat.
mayor dodge / March 5, 2012 at 09:39 am
Terrific! A customer friendly grilled cheese place! You can actually choose your bread and FREE toppings, too. I can't wait to go there.
Bullit / March 5, 2012 at 09:39 am
As a heads up MELT is not located in Mimico but rather in Long Branch. Common mistake :)
dude / March 5, 2012 at 09:46 am
$2.99 sure beats $10 that wanna-be trendy artisan place on bathurst charges.
Pro / March 5, 2012 at 10:00 am
Prohibition in the east-end still makes one of the greatest grilled cheeses in town, bar none.
Jimmy / March 5, 2012 at 10:16 am
dnr / March 5, 2012 at 11:26 am
Looks franchisey
Food Oracle / March 5, 2012 at 11:35 am
Was excited for a second hoping that this was a franchise of the popular Cleveland restaurant Melt...sadly it is not in any way.
Shawn replying to a comment from dude / March 5, 2012 at 11:42 am
You mean you DON'T want to pay $1 to change bread, $0.75 for ketchup and $3 for bacon to accompany your "tower" of grilled cheese that's just two halves of one sandwich?
Derek replying to a comment from Bullit / March 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm
This has been updated. Thanks for the note.
Eating Out Toronto replying to a comment from Food Oracle / March 5, 2012 at 02:29 pm
Thought this had something to do with the Cleveland shop, too. Disappointed.
Drake replying to a comment from dude / March 5, 2012 at 03:10 pm
Or that 10 dollar grilled cheese @ that place on Yonge and Eglinton
J.J. / March 5, 2012 at 03:23 pm
i just wish "new toronto" would get a fun i don't have to come downtown. i guess i can just eat the grill-cheese sandwiches and get fat. no bikinis for me this summer.....bring on the cheese!
Jk / March 5, 2012 at 03:37 pm
What stupid comments about being like melt in cleveland. This place doesnt claim to be them. Been to this restaurant many times. Food is awesome & cheap. Could understnd if they claimed to be like the place in cleveland thrn yes you could be disappointed but they dont clam this!! Have the WTF sandwich frggin amazing
v79 replying to a comment from Jk / March 5, 2012 at 04:46 pm
Jk, did you even ready what they said about Melt in Clevenland? No one said they claimed to be like them, they just said they were disappointed to learn that they're not. When a shop essentially takes the name of the originator, people can be forgiven for thinking that the two might be related. Unfortunately, none of the six or seven grilled cheese shops in Toronto are even remotely close to being as good as Cleveland's. They could all benefit from taking more from their menu than just the name and/or the concept.I'll definitely try this place out when I'm in the neighbourhood later this month, but I'm not going to go out of my way to do it, since the menu lacks anything truly original (except for the poutine melt, which isn't really my cup of tea). The fact that they kept the price point extremely reasonable compared to the others will definitely mean they get more of my business than Cheesewerks or Construction Site, even if they are a bit out of the way.
Martin mcfly / March 5, 2012 at 07:17 pm
Hands down the new grilled cheese shop on blood called say cheese is the best in the top dot right now! Don't think I'll try this place since its not in the core.
Martin mcfly / March 5, 2012 at 07:21 pm
Correction Bloor street... Damn you auto correct, Damn you!
jjr / March 5, 2012 at 07:42 pm
are you talking about that place in the's horruble there had some peanut butter grilled cheese thing...NASTY!!
Marc / March 5, 2012 at 08:33 pm
This place is good been once their they pretty good lol price y.. But
Martin mcfly replying to a comment from jjr / March 5, 2012 at 08:50 pm
Jjr : nope that isn't the one, this place is new and awesome
On Point replying to a comment from Jk / March 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm
jk, you are one classy chick! barf....
goon / March 6, 2012 at 12:20 am
It's Long Branch you GOON Long Branch!!!!!!!
FoodOracle replying to a comment from v79 / March 6, 2012 at 09:34 am
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I keep forgetting that the obvious eludes many. Beyond even borrowing a name or concept it is the lack of imagination and originality in many places in our city. All good food cultures borrow...but they expand upon, grapple with existing norms, essentially elevating. A trip to NY for a restaurant idea, renting in a trendy hipster location, and passionlessly recreating an unauthentic experience does not a restaurant (IMO) make. These places have a pseudo-foodie following for a few months before the energy emitted from owner's apathy about anything but dollars, swallows any initial excitement felt by potentially lifelong customers. And yes at least price point is in check. Most Torontonians work very hard for their money and deserve a bit more effort than a menu I produced in middle school when my buddies would come over to play nintendo.
unrealist / March 6, 2012 at 06:40 pm
well-kept restaurant, great tasting menu!!! hot cashiers! haha tattooed chicken is my favourite so far and i cannot wait to try more

Websters Calling replying to a comment from FoodOracle / March 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm
Oracle. It's cool to see you practicing your english on the blog. You may want to start with smaller sentences and work your way up. Then, and only then should you try to create such a hypothesis. Oh yea, and next time do some research.

Sorry. Somebody needs to tell him. Oracle, you're a little too impressed by your own self, and not who you think you are.
cheeeeeeeeese / March 7, 2012 at 12:59 am
Their dessert sandwich is actually quite good. It goes well after eating their tattooed chicken and poutine. Also, fed my family of 4 for about $13, fries and drinks too!
jk replying to a comment from FoodOracle / March 7, 2012 at 07:34 am
Food need to chill. This is a grilled cheese restaurant not claiming to be anything else. this is a small biz in a big city that is just offering a good meal at good prices.
WOW / March 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm
the sweet melt is sooooooooooooo good!!!!!! new favourite, along with tattooed chicken .. of course
Wow? replying to a comment from WOW / March 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm
Oh, of course....after the tattood chicken. LOL
the girl / March 8, 2012 at 04:20 pm
so.. checked this place out... had the backstabber poutine... what a awesome thing. Service was great, food was better. plus got 15% off because Thursday is humber college day. YAAAHHH!
Wesley / March 15, 2012 at 03:58 pm
Melt is amazing. This is the place Etobicoke has been waiting for. I brought my whole family there for dinner and everyone found something they liked. Prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend you check it out for amazing grilled cheese experience.
Phil / March 20, 2012 at 12:42 am
was by on monday night. great customer service
Gillian / March 30, 2012 at 06:42 pm
This place is SOOOO good!!!!
Missy / May 7, 2012 at 08:45 pm
How do you have a grilled cheese resturant without syrup as one of the dipping sauces!!!
Chef / May 10, 2012 at 02:05 am
DON"T WASTW YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You can easily make a better sandwhich at home. The famous tatoo chicken is a joke!! 2 chicken fingers in a sandwhich. Ohh don't forget to ASK for topping on your sandwhich or no toppings for you. As well as there secret dipping sauces. If you don't ask for it you don't get one , even though u payed for it. Serious disappointment.
Seriously Chef
Eric / June 6, 2012 at 06:25 pm
I've been to this place 3 times since they opened. I have to comment on here the food is awesome. They are constantly changing things for the better and adding new ideas and sandwiches. Everything is made right in front of you so you know it hasn't been sitting around. Tattoo Chicken is still my favorite with the chipotle saunce (which I'm always been asked which sauce i want). Had the Corned beef today ... another great one it was a special. If your in the area this is one you dont want to miss.
GranVizeer replying to a comment from Chef / June 7, 2012 at 08:44 am
You MUST work for CheezeJerks, and are going out of your tiny jealous mind that MELT makes one hell of a better sandwich than you can ever dream of. Go hide under a bridge.
Foodie / June 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm
caROL / December 22, 2012 at 08:14 am
Had the backstabber poutine..was awesome enough for 2 people. Customer service was great & nice atomosphere. Wil be going back!
Michael / February 14, 2013 at 07:12 am
My 1st time was disappointing. The employees didnt explain anything to me so I got a plain grilled cheese sandwich with no toppings. Toppings! I saw the board after mine was made. I could have made a better sandwich at home. Cmon people who work there-take pride in what you do or you will be out of a job very very soon!
Thegirl / May 30, 2013 at 08:22 am
Went to the new location in downtown. Small & busy but fantastic great customer service. Had the Bacon avocado ...delish!! Price is reasonable open late for teh clubbers. I'm sure they will definately be busy late night. Can't wait to go back & try another
lisa / February 2, 2014 at 03:16 pm
I would recommend no one ever eat at this disgusting place. I went to the location on Richmond and found a coin in the middle of my godfather sandwich. Once I complained their "head office" emailed me to tell me I can get 5 sandwiches for free. I asked them to call me back as this is a serious problem and warrants health canada and the public to know. The owners decided not to call me back and ignored my email. I work down the street and told everyone in my office this story. They have horrible customer service and are not hygienic. Avoid at all costs!!

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