I had heard about this restaurant in Kingston that was going to be on You gotta eat here later this summer. Unfortunately for me I was with my dog the last time I was in Kingston so was unable to try it out. However, I had heard whisperings that that they were opening a new location in OTTAWA!!
About two weeks ago I was in the Rideau Center – hungry from shopping of course:) – and remembered that the new cafeteria had opened up. If you havent been in there yet, I truly recommend it; the whole thing is quite a site to see. There, in the midst of old and new dining choices, was Meltdown. I stood there honestly for a few minutes trying to decide which grilled cheese to have, as it has the traditional sandwich but many other deliciously creative options as well. The thing with Meltdown is that they take the meaning of comfort food and take it to the next level. Take a look at this menu. Mac’n Cheese? Lasagna? Chicken? Veggie option? Its all there, in a grilled cheese sandwich. Need a gluten free sandwich? They have that too. Not craving the typical diet coke…? Dont you worry they have a plethora of options from simple to wow. To make a full meal there is soup, salads, fries. And you would be insane not to try the cheese cake or s’mores sandwich. Yup, thats what I said. A sandwich.
Okay so I chose the lasagne sandwich as it was the one they showed on You gotta eat here. It was to die for! The sauce was tasty, the pasta perfectly cooked, the sandwich pressed in such a way that didnt allow for any dripping or falling. The bread was actually garlic bread which is a perk to ordering the lasagna sandwich.
Dont let the line up deter you. They are simply that good, and that intriguing but it goes fast. The whole process is done with perfection – rows of sandwich presses and freshly prepared ingredients from that day help to make the assembly line quick and easy. Each sandwich is made with care, and delivered on real plates with real cutlery.
Sure, its not so calorie-wise, but I beg you to remember this is comfort food. Its made to make you feel cozy, bring you back to your childhood, and just relax for a moment.
I’ll be bold enough to say it but I truly feel the tacos of tomorrow need to make room for the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches of today. Try it for yourself.