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Meltz

1735 W. Kathleen, Coeur d'Alene, ID - (208) 664-1717
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/15/2014 4:05:00 AM
Sharing space in a modest strip mall with a Conoco gas station convenience store and a Take ‘n’ Bake pizza place, Meltz does not look like the interesting restaurant it is. “Extreme grilled cheese” is its stated mission, and the specialty sandwiches really are far out: items like the Korean Krazy, which is provolone and pepperjack cheeses, barbecued beef, kimchi, crushed sesame sticks, scallions, hot pepper ketchup, and cilantro. I got mine on sourdough bread, well-buttered and grilled to a fare-thee-well. Whole wheat bread also is available. The Korean Krazy earned a first-place trophy in the 2014 National Grilled Cheese Invitational competition.

A few other dazzlers from the menu are the Oinker (cheddar, pulled pork, bacon, creamy pasta, and buttermilk fried onions), the Briqueso (cheddar, brie, roasted artichokes, red peppers, caramelized onions, garlicky spinach, grilled zucchini, and sundried tomatoes), and the German Curd (cheddar, pretzel-crusted cheese curds, bratwurst, braised sweet onions, and bacon sauerkraut with stone-ground mustard sauce).

Simpler sandwiches of merely cheeses also are available, and it is possible to create your own sandwich by specifying which of the several cheeses, veggies, and meats you like. Available cheeses include Cheddar, Fontina, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Colby, Swiss, Provolone, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Gruyere, Brie, Blue, Chevre, American, even Cheez Whiz.

Beyond the assembly of fantastic ingredients, what gives these sandwiches an edge is that they are made on thick-cut bread that gets masterfully grilled to crusty succulence. It is not uncommon for cheese to ooze out and turn crunchy on the grill, creating yummy little wings that extend well beyond the slice. Because the sandwiches tend to be complicated and are, of course, made to order, the wait time is a good 10 minutes. When your order is ready, your name is called and it’s up to you to tote your tray to a table in the small, crowded dining area.

To go with the sandwiches, Meltz makes thick-cut potato chips (from Idahos, of course) that are salted and brilliantly seasoned.

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Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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The Pot Sticker Meltz: provolone, pepperjack, pork, peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, sesame fried wontons, and chili aioli, packed into grilled sourdough and served with potsticker dipping sauce.
"The Pot Sticker Meltz: provolone, pepperjack, pork, peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, sesame fried wontons, and chili aioli, packed into grilled sourdough and served with potsticker dipping sauce."
Michael Stern





Meltz potato chips are a cut above: crisp, warm, and vividly seasoned.
"Meltz potato chips are a cut above: crisp, warm, and vividly seasoned."
Michael Stern


The Korean Krazy is a wild medley of pepperjack and provolone, barbecued beef, crushed sesame sticks, cilantro pesto, hot pepper ketchup, and a whisper of kimchi relish. Cucumber-jalapeno dipping sauce comes alongside.
"The Korean Krazy is a wild medley of pepperjack and provolone, barbecued beef, crushed sesame sticks, cilantro pesto, hot pepper ketchup, and a whisper of kimchi relish. Cucumber-jalapeno dipping sauce comes alongside."
Michael Stern


When the cheese melts from an 'extreme' sandwich on the grill, it gets good and crunchy.
"When the cheese melts from an 'extreme' sandwich on the grill, it gets good and crunchy."
Michael Stern


Meltz' inauspicious location in a little strip mall scarcely hints at the excellent sandwiches inside.
"Meltz' inauspicious location in a little strip mall scarcely hints at the excellent sandwiches inside."
Michael Stern


The counter of Meltz displays trophies won in the annual Grilled Cheese Invitational.
"The counter of Meltz displays trophies won in the annual Grilled Cheese Invitational."
Michael Stern



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