Cooler weather in St. Louis means it’s time to relish in a number of local traditions: Rams tailgating parties, huddling around bonfires at the microbreweries’ seasonal release events, hot chocolate at Kakao and Bissinger’s, escaping the chill inside MOBOT’s Climatron and, of course, fresh waffles piled high with sweet and savory toppings. Okay, that last one might not be a St. Louis tradition, but it really should be. And the place to head for such a soul-satisfying treat is Melt.
Melt is a gourmet cafe with a boho vibe that does with waffles what trendy bakeries are doing with donuts: Tops the sweet, greasy, yeasty breakfast treat with unexpected ingredient combinations that you’ll crave any time of day. It got its start over a year ago at the Patch and now resides on Cherokee Street, serving up notable waffle-based dishes such as the Little Piggy, topped with pulled pork, slaw and cheddar cheese. A rotating selection of waffle sandwiches includes off-the-cuff creations such as brisket served on a caramelized onion-cornmeal waffle, blue cheese crumbles and housemade Makers Mark lemon-lime sauce.
And Melt warms you up even further with their selection of Hot ‘N Spiked drinks. Try the Lunar, a mix of rum, maple syrup and whipped cream. Or the Curious George, with Kaluha, creme de cacao, E&J brandy and whipped cream.
No matter what you order, you’ll enjoy it kicked back in their modern vintage atmosphere designed by Jenny B of jipsiboho, filled with pinball machines, eclectic seating and the sweet, sweet smell of waffles on the griddle.
2712 Cherokee St., 314.771.6358