Anyone that attended this year’s Winter Chill Out will know that one of the biggest reactions from the Cedar Point faithful in attendance was when Tony Clark announced that Melt would be replacing the former “Joe Cool’s Café” for the 2017 season. For those that are unfamiliar with Melt, it is a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich bar and grill that has reached legendary status with Northeast Ohioans. Outside of the greater Cleveland area, many people may be familiar with the restaurant due to its appearance on the Travel Channel show, Man vs. Food. The anticipation was high and the excitement even higher when Cedar Point announced it would be opening on Friday May 12th, the first day of daily operations, so did Cedar Point deliver another knockout?
Let’s start first with the theming and appearance. Of course, the flatship park within the Cedar Fair company cannot possibly just put a bar and grill in the park without adding a little local flavor. While the outside has the look of your typical Melt location, the inside is where Cedar Point took the opportunity to take guests on a Nostalgic ride through the park’s past. You are immediately welcomed by a mural of ride signs of former Cedar Point attractions. Avalanche Run, Wildcat, Jumbo Jet, and Disaster Transport are just a few of the former beloved Cedar Point attractions that receive the well-deserved honor. Filling out the remainder of the walls are large photos of some rides, new and old. Beautiful poster-sized photos of Blue Streak and Corkscrew are complemented with former PR posters of ride openings, past event promotions, and park entertainment marquees. Any Cedar Point fan could easily spend an hour just looking at the nostalgia on every wall.
Now for the food; any restaurant can make a visually-appealing setting, but the food is what will bring the customers back. Well, somehow the food surpasses the impressive location and coaster nostalgia. The menu is loaded with some of Melt’s most popular sandwiches, including my selection the Monte Cristo. This was a grilled cheese filled with 2 types of cheese, ham, and turkey. The sandwich is then deep fried and served with fruit preservatives and powder sugar to create essentially a funnel cake grilled cheese that was truly spectacular. Other options include a cheese steak variation of a grilled cheese, a breakfast variation, and other unique twists on the childhood classic. For those patrons looking for a quick drink, the bar has several unique brews on tap including last year’s Valravn beer and the new-for-2017 Shandy Shores to celebrate the new Cedar Point Shores waterpark. Melt features something for everyone, delicious grilled cheese variations, an included atmosphere any coaster enthusiast will love, and a wonderful collection of local brews for a mid-day reprieve. Do yourself a favor and stop by Cedar Point’s newest restaurant, you will not regret it. “Must see. Must eat. Must go.”
[Feature image courtesy of Coaster Addict Jarrod.]