I know, I know. I’ve been to Melt previously. But, as so aptly pointed out by my brunch date, I’d never been to this particular vegetarian-friendly restaurant’s brunch. Therefore, I deemed absolutely necessary to document our tryst.
Location: With a parking lot right across Hamilton Avenue partnered with a plethora of street spots, parking is pretty convenient, even if you have to either know how to parallel park or spend a couple of bucks to do so. Tucked between the likes of cafes and taverns, Melt enjoys close proximity to pretty much everything Northside has to offer (especially to Chicken Lays an Egg, which is a short walk up the street).
Atmosphere: I really love the quaint, welcoming ambience inside of Melt. While we sat in the back on our last trip, we got to enjoy the front window seating for brunch this past weekend. The back is a bit more private, while the front is afforded the same privacy, but with a much better view. I also particularly enjoy how you order and pay at the counter (chalkboard menu!), and your food is run out to you when it is ready.
Food: I had briefly forgotten that, after planning to have lunch at Melt, Sundays were reserved for brunch. So when we arrived, we only had the brunch menu to choose from. Emily, my brunch date (and close friend who just moved home from a 3-year stint across the country!), opted for the savory Huevos Rancheros with tofu scramble, while I leaned towards the sweet Challah French Toast (hold the fruit). We both wanted roasted potatoes on the side, which comes with curry ketchup. Emily had about half of her fare, while I devoured all of mine. It was delicious! In addition to our entrées, when we were at the register, there were “vegan chocolate” cupcakes. We got one to share, and Emily exclaimed, “If these are really vegan, this is the best vegan cupcake I’ve ever had!”
I’d been wanting to get back to Melt for lunch for months. Thankfully we stumbled upon brunch instead because I think it’s even better (quite the compliment), as it rivals some of the best brunch spots in town (here and here).
Overall grade: A- [out of a possible A+]