Melthouse Bistro brings fancy grilled cheese to the East Side
After much anticipation, the Melthouse Bistro, 1857 E. Kenilworth Pl., opened on Monday. The eatery, located inside the new Latitude apartment building, specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. (Grilled cheese for grown ups? Well, yes, but they do have one kids' sandwich on the menu, too.)
I stopped by this afternoon to check it out.
The sandwiches are made with all Wisconsin cheeses and range in price from $6.95 to $8.95. And all have a lot more than just queso stacked between pieces of locally made bread. The Athena, for example, has feta, grilled eggplant, red onion, tomatoes and a Kalamata olive tapenade on focaccia. The Carnegie features Swiss cheese along with ham, pickles and mustard on Italian bread.
All of the sandwiches come with fruit, chips or coleslaw.
The menu also boasts soups like Wisconsin cheese and beer, grab-and-go salads and sides of cheese curds and bacon. Melthouse Bistro also has a good selection of mostly local beer and wine. The menu suggests beers that are believed to pair best with the sandwiches.
Troy and Susan Davis, owners of Melthouse Bistro, live in the neighborhood. Susan says they were inspired by living in the area.
"We want to bring more good food to the East Side," she says.
Melthouse Bistro is the couple's first business venture, but probably not its last. According to general manager Jerry Cruz, they hope to open other locations in the future.
"We have our eyes on a couple of spots, but for now, we're focusing on this place and making sure we do it right," says Cruz.
The space is casual, with both booths and tables, and flourished with wood planks taken from the granary at the Davis' family farm in Watertown. Photos of the farm adorn the walls as well.
Melthouse Bistro is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
It's certainly worth it!! I was so impressed by the diversity and uniqueness of the menu. Delicious! I can't wait to go back again and try other tasty sandwiches.
Sounds interesting. I'll give it a shot sometime.
I'll definitely stop by... I always wanted to try the one over by Miller Park, but it was too out of the way. I wish them luck.
Hope it lasts longer than the grilled-cheese place on Miller Park Way.
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