Monday, July 1, 2013

First Look: Melt Serves Savory Waffles and More at New Location on Cherokee Street [Photos]

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

       A "Blue Ox" cornmeal waffle with caramelized onions, slow cooked brisket,       bourbon lime sauce and blue cheese. | Mabel Suen
  •        A "Blue Ox" cornmeal waffle with caramelized onions, slow cooked brisket,
           bourbon lime sauce and blue cheese. | Mabel Suen

Exactly one year after opening its doors in the south Carondelet neighborhood, Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358) officially made its move to bigger digs on Cherokee Street. The 2000-square-foot space supersizes just about every aspect of the original Melt from the kitchen and bar to the dining room, menu and hours. The new space comes ready to entertain, with more room for gaming, a stage for live music and a 14-foot drop down viewing screen for movies.

See also: - First Look: Melt in South Carondelet - First Look: The Libertine in Clayton - First Look: Tree House on South Grand

"The advancement of opportunity was overwhelming and too hard to pass up," says co-owner Britt Bauer, regarding her decision to move. "We elaborated on the menu a lot. It was mostly just sweets, but we extended the savory options. The Wake 'N' Bake was the most popular item. Everything kind of took off from there."

       Co-owner Britt Bauer | Mabel Suen
  •        Co-owner Britt Bauer | Mabel Suen

On a late Saturday night, a pig-tailed Bauer dons an apron, dishing waffle batter into the grooves of the piping hot industrial waffle irons in the kitchen -- they're the same ones that Waffle House uses, she tells us, and they bake up golden frisbee-sized discs of hot, waffle goodness in mere minutes.

She then tops the confection with a selection of specialty toppings, either sweet or savory. The aforementioned "Wake 'N' Bake" ($6-$8) has little pockets of bacon and/or sausage cooked right into the waffle itself and gets topped with an egg cooked any way you like and a mess of orange cheddar cheese. Since it's after 12 a.m., she rolls each waffle up into a street-style cone concealed with aluminum foil -- everything except Melt's "Slinger" option, for obvious reasons.

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