Cherokee Street in St. Louis has become synonymous with diversity, multiculturalism, and bohemian hipster fashion. Many interesting shops have opened up along the street, including many fine Mexican restaurants, unique art spaces and party zones, print-making companies and publishers, and many other colorful additions to a very non-standard commercial hub. One step into Melt, which moved from the its original South City home, and you will see it fits in perfectly with the kitchy-glitchy cool style of Cherokee Street. The walls are lined with a mixture of graffiti and random pieces of junk and art.
It’s a feast for the eyes as well as the ears as the place is filled with tons of electronic distractions. One whole wall is covered with pinball machines and a jack-hammer loud bowling game. At the time we visited they were showing The Magic School Bus cartoon series on a giant projector.
Besides the atmosphere, which may not be well suited for some, the food is genuinely great. They have a wide variety of sweet and savory waffle dishes, ice cream and smoothies, and a wide variety of cocktails and beers. I really liked their Blue Ox Waffle which made out of sweet cornmeal and topped with shredded brisket, blue cheese, and a bourbon-lime sauce. Their ice lattes come with coffee ice cubes so that they do not lose their flavor as you drink them. Nice touch.
I really did dig their style, including the coffee pots hanging from the ceiling, but the noise was a bit much. Also, while I liked how I could grab a random coffee mug off of the wall and serve myself coffee, I did not like how the first cup I grabbed was completely filthy (a customer might have just hung it up after using it, so I cannot blame the staff for that).
So, if you like hyper-stimulation, really good food prepared in an unpretentious way, and plenty of colorful characters walking through the door, Melt might be your place, and even if it isn’t you should put in some earplugs and come on by for some nice waffles.
- Pros: Bohemian hipster atmosphere with great sweet and savory waffles, ice cream and smoothies, and lots of games and videos.
- Cons: Really loud and massively visually stimulating, which might actually be a pro for many.
- Charlie’ Favorites: Blue Ox Waffle, Coffee
- Christine’s Favorites: Granny Smith Waffle, Ice Latte with Coffee Ice Cubes