A new food line in Berkeley? The Melt opens with fanfare

A long line of customers formed outside The Melt on Thursday. Photo: Lance Knobel

It was only last month that we were talking about Berkeley’s famous food lines, and now it seems another one may have come to town. The Melt, a grilled cheese spot that recently opened on Telegraph Avenue, has already attracted a loyal clientele. It probably helped that on the first day of UC Berkeley’s semester, The Melt was offering a free sandwich combo meal and drink to Cal students. The Cal Marching Band even headed to The Melt to welcome the restaurant to Berkeley.

As tipped by Berkeleyside in May, the fifth branch of the Bay Area chain opened on August 9 at 2400 Telegraph, just a few steps away from Sproul Plaza. The restaurant serves variations on the classic grilled sandwich, including fontina and provolone on garlic bread and pepper jack with jalapenos on sourdough. It’s the brainchild of Jonathan Kaplan, who founded Flip Video.

The Cal Marching Band turned up at The Melt Thursday evening on the occasion of the restaurant’s official grand opening

And the good news for those who don’t fancy standing in line? You can avoid it. Customers who order online or via their smart phone, receive a QR code, then scan it in when they get to the restaurant, and move to the front of the line for pick-up.

But something tells us that waiting in line is all part of the fun for many Berkeley foodies. Look no further than the Cheese Board, Ici Ice Cream and the Thai Temple.

The food lines of Berkeley: Nosh worth waiting for [07.09.12]

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.