by Mabel Suen
Where: Melt (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358)
When: Anytime during regular business hours -- Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We Tried: "Traitor-Tot" waffle sandwich ($9); "Melt Club" waffle sandwich ($8); "Tipsy Violet" waffle ($7.50).
See also: Melt Relaunches Menu, Amps Up Cocktails
Since opening on Cherokee Street in July 2013, Melt has become a fixture of the neighborhood, serving a breakfast-food menu all day long with a variety of drinks including coffee, smoothies and several alcoholic options from a full bar. Recently, it relaunched its menu with new items.
We're already fans of menu mainstays including the "Violet Beauregarde" blueberry-buttermilk waffle and "Blue Ox," a cornmeal waffle with caramelized onions, slow cooked brisket, bourbon lime sauce and blue cheese. During this visit, we tried a few of the new menu additions.
The "Tipsy Violet" ($7.50) is simply an older sibling to the tried-and-true fan favorite "Violet Beauregarde," topped with blueberry puree and fresh blueberries. Dip an edge of the golden-brown waffle into the added shot of blackberry brandy to take the edge off of the sweet treat. Its robust flavor mellows out the sugar levels, putting an emphasis on the pleasantly tart parts.
Two new waffle sandwiches added to the menu come from popular daily specials. The "Traitor Tot" is Melt's take on eggs Benedict, served with your choice of eggs and sandwiched between two biscuit-batter waffles. The "Melt Club" features the same batter studded with bacon bits and layered with chicken and avocado.
For the uninitiated, Melt's waffles aren't the crispy kind -- they take on a thinner, denser consistency than their Belgian-style counterparts. Such is particularly true with the biscuit batter, which when cooked results in a crumbly, filling vehicle for your choice of toppings.
It's always brunch-time at Melt, so you don't have to wait until the weekend to enjoy it. Stop by the Cherokee Street restaurant to indulge in these breakfast-centric concoctions. The full menu features plenty more sweet and savory waffle options in addition to potstickers, salads, vegan options and egg-scramble bowls.
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