Melt Bar & Grilled - High St

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840 N High St, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 43215

Serves meat, vegan options available. Ohio chain offering bar food and grilled cheese sandwiches. Uses dairy but has vegan cheese for sandwiches. The "good burger" is vegan. Bar opens til late. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-1:00am, Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by DirtySoyChai

One of my favorites! - Edit

I love this restaurant! There are two locations in Columbus, but I frequent the one on High Street in the Short North. The melt serves GIANT grilled sandwiches. What's so great about melt is their long list of vegan substitutions both for "meat" and "cheese".

You definitely have got to try the wild tofu wings as an appetizer. The size is good for 2 people to share.

On the menu the sandwiches are labeled for if they can be made veg. I've gotten creative a few times and made a non labeled vegan sandwich vegan, and while it is extremely delicious, it's also very pricey.

Expect to leave Melt with a hefty bill and very full stomach!

I recently found out that any of the fried items (fries, tofu wings, etc.) are fried in the same vat as the meats. If this bothers you, there are typically other vegan sides to choose from.





Updated from previous review on 2017-02-23

Pros: Vegan substitutions, Alcohol, Knowledgable staff

Cons: Loud, Busy, Cross Contamination

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brilliant use of flavors - Edit

I tried the Parmageddon on a recent trip to Dayton. I have to say it was delicious. From the menu: "Potato & onion pierogi, fresh Napa vodka kraut, sautéed onions, sharp cheddar" I am not a fan of Daiya, I think it just tastes funky, strange I stopped at a place that specializes in grilled cheese varients. The tangy kraut tames the overpowering taste of the Daiya, allows you to enjoy the creamy, cheesiness, and over the pierogi it was great. I'm a long way from home but if I return to the area I'll stop in for sure.

Pros: plenty of unique vegan options.

Cons: I was in a mall, but the patio made it comfortable

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I ❤️ Melt - Edit

AMAZING tofu wings, and plenty of vegan options/substitutions if you're in the mood for a greasy, diner meal. Cool vibe, good service, and delicious food!

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Great if you like synthetic tofu substitutes - Edit

Got the vegan buffalo tofu wings and the vegan chorizo hash cheddar sandwich with tofu bacon on the side (pictures uploaded).

Frankly it was too much synthetic stuff for me. I would have preferred a simpler sandwich.

Pros: Great/helpful/knowledgeable staff , Fun atmosphere, Veg/Vegan options labeled extensively

Cons: Greasy food, Expensive

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Great atmosphere & great food - Edit

Love going to Melt! Many items can easily be made vegan and are clearly marked. Their tofu "wings" are fantastic! Everything we have gotten there has been delicious.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-18

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Tofu bacon! - Edit

The place is big but always packed. Always good grub and tons of great beer on tap. Menu is very flexible for dietary needs such as vegan and veg. Staff is knowledgeable and cool about menu mods.

Pros: BBQ tofu wedges and tofu bacon are great, Friendly staff

Cons: $$$

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Vegans Nickeled and Dimed to Death - Edit

Yes, there are vegan options, but not as many as you think. And you will pay dearly for them.

Any animal flesh can be substituted with a veg product; cow cheese can be substituted with vegan cheese. However, it will cost you $2 to sub the cheese and $2-3 to sub the meat per sandwich. Furthermore, many items require complete removal of sauces and other toppings in order to be veganized. For example, on the Fried Green Tomato BLT, you can pay $3 to sub the bacon with tofu, but you will also need to remove the tomatoes and the remoulade sauce-- so what, then, is the point of a fried green tomato BLT?

But the surcharges do not end there-- you will also pay $2 extra to substitute fries with another side. This is not likely to be disclosed to you before the order is filled. I was charged $2 to sub a salad for fries. And, although the waiter was insightful enough to have the cheese removed, the salad contained hard boiled eggs.

In addition, the food is very heavy and greasy, bready, not healthy, not that tasty (especially after removing all the non-vegan items from the sandwich that you paid an additional $4-6 to veganize).

Reserve this one for those times you get an uncontrollable nostalgic craving for your pre-vegan greasy sloppy grilled cheese days. Otherwise, I would suggest avoiding Melt.
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 04, 2015

Pros: vegan cheese, tofu and seitan , satisfies junk food craving

Cons: WAY overpriced, UNHEALTHY, no veggies

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Great Food Love Melt! - Edit

Love visiting here with family and friends. meat eaters and vegans alike will have tons of options, an i believe they also have gluten free bread, almost everything has veg or vegan options. good atmosphere. sometimes a long wait, but usually not. we visit often.

Pros: lots of options, atmposhere, great food

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Vegan ish - Edit

Beside the food item on the menu the code it for vegan or vegetarian options which is great however, they bring you items on your plate that are not what i consider vegan.

Everything is cooked in one fryer. Chicken, onion-rings, fries, everything! I didn't find this out until my 3rd visit. Once i was told, i said no, please do not bring me fries if deep fried with meat. They still brought me my sandwich with onion-rings on it and fries all over my plate.

The server yesterday apologized & said wish you were not told that they were vegan, that was wrong information. She truly looked concerned.

A server who recognized me from the last visit Just said, "well, it was probably an accident" ! I'm sure your last server didn't do it on purpose!

Pros: vegan options, Clean , Friendly

Cons: staff gives wrong info about vegan options

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Best new restaurant in Columbus! - Edit

I love Melt! Almost anything on the menu can be made vegan. You can substitute tofu, seitan or vegan chicken for any meat on the menu. They also have two types of vegan cheese: cheddar or mozzarella. The tofu wings with the vegan ranch are the best vegan wings you can buy anywhere. Unfortunately, it's very overcrowded because of its huge popularity. Hopefully they will open a second Columbus location soon.

Pros: Can make almost anything vegan, Great drink selection, Located in short north

Cons: Prepare for a long wait, Crowded

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