Turkey That’s the Bomb, New Melt in Mentor and a Diabolical Thanksgiving Celebration

CLEVELAND, OHIO – November at Melt Bar and Grilled, a Cleveland-area favorite for award-winning gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, has so many reasons to be thankful in November, including the return of a popular sandwich, a diabolical Thanksgiving celebration and the opening of Melt’s fourth location in Mentor, Ohio.

November kicks off in a big way with the opening of Melt Bar and Grilled in Mentor on Friday, November 2, when the nationally known restaurant group opens its doors in the Points East Plaza at the corner of Route 306 and Mentor Avenue. The Mentor restaurant is the largest Melt location to date and was designed to maximize space while still maintaining the eclectic comfort that has become standard at all Melt locations. The Mentor location will also feature a patio area to accommodate diners during the spring and summer, with seating for 40 to 50 outdoors and about 140 in the dining room. The newest Melt employs about 85 staff.

Also in November, the extremely popular “New Bomb Turkey Melt” returns. It’s piled high with mesquite smoked turkey breast, Mom’s sage stuffing, roasted butternut squash, homemade gravy, Muenster cheese and a sweet citrus cranberry dipping sauce. Vegetarian and vegan versions are available.

Pair up the once-a-year sandwich with Melt’s beer of the month: Clipper City Winter Storm Category 5 Ale. This winter ale draws on hops from the west coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts gives this ale its tawny color and bigger body. Or, choose Melt’s drink of the month: Hot Cranberry Apple Cider. Fresh orange and cane sugar are crushed then shaken with Smirnoff Cranberry Vodka and hot apple cider. An autumn-spiced rim adds to the delicious seasonal flavor.

Melt’s dessert feature for November is Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding. Two holiday favorites are brought together with rich spiced-roasted pumpkin bread pudding topped with decadent pecan pie filling. Garnished with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, bourbon caramel sauce and our autumn spice mix, it’s a delectable combo of two tempting holiday treats.

November’s Late Shift Movie feature is “Clueless,” the ‘90s comedy classic starring Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd, playing at midnight November 3 at the Cedar Lee, 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The sandwich feature to go along with the flick will keep everyone guessing. “The Frankenclueless Melt” hits the Lakewood, Cleveland Heights and Independence locations on Nov. 2 and 3, when guests can choose up to five ingredient cards containing different items to create the ultimate “clueless” Melt sandwich. The movie special will not be available at the new Mentor location.

Melt is also planning its annual tradition of “The Diabolical Day Before Thanksgiving” celebration on November 21, an unofficial national drinking holiday before Turkey Day that’s peppered with huge-flavored, high-power beers and craveable Melt food.

Melt has been named “Best Restaurant” and “Best Sandwich” for The Cleveland Scene’s Best of Cleveland Awards 2012. Melt was also honored with nine 2012 Silver Spoon Awards from Cleveland Magazine, including No. 1 Best Sandwich, No. 1 Best Cheap Eats, No. 1 Best Service, No. 1 Best People Watching, No. 1 Best Beer Selection, No. 2 Best Cocktails, No. 2 Best Place for Family Dining, No. 3 Best Soup and No. 3 Best Vegetarian/Vegan.

Melt has also been recognized by a plethora of grilled cheese lovers, including PETA, who praised Melt’s “Kindergarten” grilled cheese sandwich as a top vegan choice; “ESPN The Magazine,” which named Melt one of the top 10 best sports bars in the country; and “Field and Stream” Magazine, which featured Melt’s Lake Erie Monster walleye sandwich in a full-page spread. Melt was also named the “Best Sandwich Shop” in the 2011 Fox 8 Cleveland Hot List, and has a slew of other awards and honors from both local and national publications. Additionally, Fish was named the 2012 Business Person of the Year by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce in June.

Melt’s web site at www.meltbarandgrilled.com is a place for everything Melt, from rave reviews to the story behind the popular restaurant chain to an online store for dedicated Melt aficionados. The new Melt site is a central hub for all four Melt locations: on the Westside at 14718 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, on the Eastside at 13436 Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights, and in the South at 6700 Rockside Road in Independence, and at 7289 Mentor Avenue in Mentor.

Melt Bar & Grilled is a local favorite in the Cleveland region, but has also garnered national attention from The Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine, The Boston Globe, FOX News and The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Accolades for the ground-breaking menu items include Best Restaurant kudos from Cleveland Metromix, Scene Magazine and the Akron Beacon Journal, as well as Cleveland Magazine’s Best Sandwich for the past four years and Esquire’s One of the Best Sandwiches in America list.