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Melt Bar and Grilled! Lakewood Ohio

Posted in food by carlricco1980 on March 10, 2010

So much hype for this little place! It’s fantastic though and definately lives up to the blogs. I always end up going on a Friday or Saturday evening, probably the worst time to visit a hip eatery in Lakewood. You put your name in at the crowded Host/Hostess table, and proceed to wait and wait and wait.. Oh and wait some more. Here’s a helpful hint. Exit Melt towards Detroit, hang a right, and walk a block or two down to Pheonix Coffee and have a mocha. You might be lucky and grab a bar seat though, and when that happens the night/day/morning gets magical. Grab a beer from their immense selection, and peruse the menu. The appetizers are good but you won’t really need to eat them – since you’ll be stuffed after trying to eat the entree plate. Check out the grilled cheese! You’ll see the delicious Parmageddon (Perogies, Bread, Cheese) The Big Popper (Jalapenos, Bread, Cheese – then beer battered, then deep fried), and my personal favorite, the Chorizo and Potato(Chorizo, Potato, Bread,, and Cheese!). The wait staff are great fun! Never had a bad experience at Melt, except for the wait – but it’s not so horrible.

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Swensons Drive In

Posted in food by carlricco1980 on February 28, 2010

Here I am at Swenson’s again, for a triple fattening triple cheeseburger and potato teasers. This definately has become my go to place for burgers – forget Burger King, McDonald’s or Wendy’s, Swensons has perfected the craft of the great Cheeseburger.

First, make sure you turn your lights on – Swenson’s uses the American Drive-In gimmick, although they are the real deal, so it’s no gimmick. A car hop will run over to your car and either give you a menu or take your order. The menu includes fried bologna, chicken fingers, the obvious fries, milkshakes, sodas and Swenson’s famous Florida
and Californias (orange and grape flavor and Ginger ale over crushed ice).

The burgers are king at swensons though, fresh ground beef, brown sugar, mustard and other spices go into the meat, but it’s not overwhelming with spice, perfectly seasoned. The burger is then topped with the pefectly melted cheese product, could be Velveeta for all I know. I am a huge fan of cheeses, expensive, aged, etc but the cheese on thee burgers goes perfectly. The bun is freshly baked, flakey, and probably dipped in butter – so this place is definatley not do the health conscious.

I highly recommend visiting swenson’s it’s worth the drive To Akron because if you live here I’m sure you already know.


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