Great Moments in Melt History – “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
When Melt Bar and Grilled appeared on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” it was its first (but not the last) national television appearance. Melt appeared on many local shows prior to “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” but only for morning shows and news stories.
When the phone rang and the Food Network was on the line, Melt owner and founder Matt Fish was thrilled. “I was a big fan of the show from the beginning,” says Fish, “So getting the call to appear was awesome. At the time, they would not go and shoot in a city unless they had seven restaurants lined up. When they called they only had four, so I actually assisted with finding three more restaurants for them. That is how badly I wanted them to come to Cleveland and film at Melt.”
On Triple D (as they call it) celebrity chef and show host Guy Fieri visits unique restaurants all over the country. Fieri and Matt Fish cooked three of the restaurant’s gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches for the episode. The Parmageddon (stuffed with cheese and potato pierogi, fresh Napa vodka kraut, onions and cheddar cheese) left a lasting impression on the chef. He mentioned it on David Letterman, but also is quoted as saying “The Parmageddon is incredible—I still think about it, one of the best sandwiches ever, and Matt is truly crazed!”
“Guy was an incredibly nice and genuine person,” says Fish. “He kept the shoot very lighthearted and non-serious. I did not know what to expect when he first arrived and I was a bit nervous. However, as soon as we started to shoot, everything clicked. Guy arrived, and we jumped right into the shoot. There was no ‘hello’ or ‘this is how it will go;’ the camera started rolling the second he walked into the kitchen and did not stop until the end of the day.”
Were there any fun behind-the-scenes hijinks? “Guy was wearing flip flops in the kitchen, which is a big no-no in the restaurant industry,” recalls Fish. “The camera guy was making fun of him for it but he played it off like it was normal. While cooking, I threw a piece of hot cheese on the floor and it actually hit him on his toe. He got a small burn and began hopping around and yelling. It was all in good fun, and the footage is actually shown in the B-Roll at the end of the episode during the credits!”
Next time the episode airs, look for it at the end of the show.
After all these years and multiple TV appearances, Fish still enjoys hearing that someone saw Melt on TV and had to check it out for themselves. “I’m still flattered and humbled that people are still discovering Melt.”
As good as Melt Bar and Grilled looks on TV, it doesn’t compare to being there, so if it’s been awhile since you’ve been in, come see us!