Sunday, March 1, 2015

Melt

Melt is Greensboro's newest addition to the restaurant scene, bringing a much needed face lift to the Golden Gate Shopping Center (with the help of the new Green Bean, too!) Melt is fancier than I imagined, like a corner bistro or cafe, as opposed to a fast casual dining spot. The menu combines some of my favorite words into incredibly inventive dishes - Curry White Bean Hummus, Duck Spring Rolls, Pesto Zucchini Noodles - making it nearly impossible to narrow down a choice. Chances are, you won't go wrong with one of their specialty Paninis, especially since they're all served with a signature dipping sauce. Talk about a step up from your average condiment!

The Duck Club features tender Duck Confit, Crispy Prosciutto, Arugula, Caramelized Onions and Gouda. Dunk a corner in the sweet and tangy Apricot Thyme Jam, and you've got a very tasty bite. An even tastier bite though, is The Granny. How can anyone resist the classic combination of Turkey, Brie and Granny Smith Apples? Add some fresh Spinach and Bacon & Onion Jam and you have a killer sandwich, in fact, one of Triad City Beat's must-try sandwiches in the Triad. A sweet and spicy Maple Dijon sets it over the top. The folks at Melt have mastered the art of pairing a sandwich and a condiment and that makes me a very happy girl.
This Granny ROCKS.
Sides are tempting. Salty Duck Fat Fries are a satisfying option, though they weren't as life-altering as I was hoping they would be. They're delicious, but not more extraordinary than any other good fries. I preferred the Pesto Zucchini Noodles, thin strips of tender zucchini tossed with incredibly fresh and flavorful pesto. Cherry Tomatoes bring a nice pop of color and acid, and nothing can be bad with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Be sure and save room for the French Quarter Beignets. Being that it was the week of Mardi Gras, my dining partner and I couldn't resist the temptation of the doughnut-like dumplings. The Chai Caramel and Raspberry dipping sauces make them extra special, and note that the best way to enjoy them is to pour a little of each sauce into the middle of the Beignet! You will probably need two orders.

I'm very excited for Melt's arrival to the area. Attentive service, a strong menu and solid execution will secure many return visits for me.

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