I am always after a good sandwich (something that I believe is kind of lacking in Seattle) so I decided to try Melt Cafe. It doesn't have a great look from the outside and is honestly a little run down on the inside too. Parking is on a fairly busy road and the restaurant sits in an industrial part of Magnolia/Interbay. The inside is very low key with linoleum floors and basic tables but everything you need in a sandwich shop. Don't let the outside dissuade you from venturing in, still waters run deep, don't judge a book by its cover and all that, right?
After walking in, I sat my kids down at a table and started to read the board that is above the counter listing the menu. There are a lot of choices including all sorts of sandwiches to suite almost any taste along with soup, mac'n cheese, salads and some dessert options. They had a fridge with cold drinks available. A lot of the items on the menu and especially on the specials board have a spin or interest that indicate a sandwich lover put the menu together. A roast beef and cheddar dip that they added caramelized onions to. A chicken melt that is done with brie (!), fresh onions and caramelized onions. This place is also unique because they have serious meat sandwiches along with some really good options for vegetarians including a grilled cheese, the mac'n cheese, a mushroom melt and a full blown vegie sandwich that is just as you would expect it to be with hummus and vegies. In my experience really good sandwich places that focus on meat essentially have no options for vegetarians or one sad, shouldn't even be there option.
The proprietress (I believe) eyed my children and immediately offered to prepare a kids sandwich plate while simultaneously pointing to a container with crayons, coloring books and other paraphernalia to entertain the kidelts. I ordered a chicken club and took her up on the two kids plates. She brought out two lovely little plates with small ham and cheese sandwiches, half of a banana and a chocolate chip cookie to top it off. It was a perfect amount of food for a small human and the cookie and banana were a nice touch. Soon after she dropped off the chicken club. It was piled high with delicious ingredients served on toasted bread with ultra fresh lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, chicken and mayo. The sandwich was moist without a dry bite to be found. The ingredients all went together just as they should. There was a pile of chips served with it and a slightly odd pickle which was a slice of cucumber in a small plastic container soaking in vinegar. It had morphed into a pickle but it was kind of an odd presentation for such a small piece of cucumber. I would like to go back and try almost every other sandwich on the menu. I would recommend you give it a go, especially if you are looking for the elusive sandwich in Seattle.