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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The return of Melt grilled cheese and the Melt of Shame

Melt Royale, Back to the Melt, Melt and the City, Melt Reloaded, and my personal favorite: Meltback Mountain. Such are possible titles for the return of Melt, for two more days at Taste. There are 620 other names being discussed on Instagram. It never ceases to amaze me the power of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Before I started at Honolulu Magazine, I used to run Melt, a grilled cheese truck, with Aker Briceno, Lindsey Ozawa and later, Kimberly Oi, our first and only employee (not counting all our friends and significant others who had to do everything from sticker sandwich bags to run to Costco during an Eat the Street event to replenish bread).

My husband likes to say I started a business centered around cheese to spite him: Cheese is the one thing that he will not touch. He had the last laugh, though, as I quickly realized an all-cheese diet was unsustainable. It was then that I discovered vegan food—I'd scrub my body with soap after a run in the truck, and scrub my insides with vegetables.

These days, chefs Briceno, Ozawa, and Oi are creating much more refined dishes at Prima, but for the next two days, despite literally having bigger fish to fry, they’ll be griddling up cheese, bread and butter, which is great news for anyone who likes comfort food. It's like having Kobe Bryant on your pickup basketball team.

And for those of you (yes, you, fellow co-workers) asking: yes, you can have your Melt of Shame again (a hamburger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches). And Melt's bringing back the classics: the Triple Melt, Harissa Melt and Pastrami. Brian, if you're out there reading, come get your Brian Melt (the Melt of Shame plus pastrami). 

Melt at Taste, 667 Auahi St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remaining dates: 11/29 and 11/30

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 in Permalink

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From five-star restaurants to hidden holes-in-the-wall, Biting Commentary will let you know what’s hot and what’s not. Find out the latest restaurant news—who’s opening, who’s closing, which chef is moving on, where the great special dinners are. Discover the best menu items, fabulous wines, stunning cocktails, hand-crafted beers. Be the first to hear about upcoming food events and festivals.

Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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