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Melt Bar & Grilled Restaurant Review: Lakewood is home to the original Melt Bar & Grilled, which takes the elemental grilled cheese sandwich to somewhere far more decadent. There are dozens of different concoctions on the menu that change occasionally, ranging from simple to complex. We suggest the Monte Cristo, a pile of honey ham, smoked turkey, Swiss and American that is battered and deep fried, then served with berry preserves for dipping, as well as the Chicken & Waffles with crispy battered chicken, Belgian waffle, sriracha butter and pepper-jack cheese paired with maple syrup. Monthly specials, vegan and vegetarian alternatives abound. Each melt arrives with a mound of the famous hand-cut fries. The bar offers a wide array of domestic and international brews, grouped by origin and accompanied by helpful information, such as alcohol content. (The caveat is that the kitchen is not exceptionally fast and the wait for a table is generally very long, so one could knock back a few beers before receiving anything to cushion them.) While grilled cheese is the golden child, Melt also serves salads, starters and homemade soups, too. Other locations.