Cassandra, Joan, and I woke up in a starving rage this morning. We were literally screaming in our room about how hungry we were and were begging everybody who walked in to investigate the noise level to take us to In-N-Out since we woke up too late for the dining hall brunch (typical). Nobody had a car today and nothing on campus sounded good, so we biked to the mall for some much-needed grub. This all happened at around 3pm.
We ended up going to The Melt, which is this trendy new place at the Stanford Shopping Center. The whole concept is very simple. Just grilled cheese sandwiches and soups. But, like, hip.
I went with these crazies. Of course we would leave without even getting properly dressed. Reppin' Stanford University, woo! [PS. Stanford students get a free drink - just flash your SUID!]
The Melt is a really fun place to eat, with lots of neat and creative ideas that make the experience of eating there very unique. A couple of my favorites: the Order Board, which tracks your order as it's being made, and the soda fountain - a little bit of old-school cool in this obviously hip and trendy restaurant.
The easiest option is to order a Combo. The menu is very easy to understand and everything on it sounds tantalizing and amazing. I ended up ordering The Parisian sandwich [apple butter and melted brie on white wheat bread with smoked bacon] but switched out the Creamy Mushroom soup for the Two Tomato Basil.
The combo comes with a handful of chips and a pickle. The sandwich itself was so delicious - the addition of the apple butter truly made it outstanding. It provided the perfect balance of slight sweetness with the smokiness of the bacon. The texture was thin and crispy, everything a grilled cheese should be. The soup was not as creamy as I like my tomato basil soups, but it was decent, especially when you dip the sandwich in it!
*Bacon and tomato are free add-ins for any of the sandwiches.
The portion size is substantial, the environment is great, the food is delicious. All in all, it was a fantastic experience!