Dave Davidson’s Altars Of Fatness: Melt and Sokolowski’s University Inn In Cleveland

Melt in Cleveland

Revocation frontman Dave Davidson does a lot of traveling and a lot of eating. He’s our answer to Anthony Bourdain, letting us in on the greatest eats he’s encountered while melting America’s collective face.

What’s up guys! It’s time for another installment of Altars of Fatness. Now, I know it’s been awhile since my last entry so instead of only reviewing one spot I’m going to give you guys a double dose of fatty goodness from two fine Cleveland establishments.

First up is a place called Melt.

They have several locations so no matter where you are in Cleveland, a Melt should only be about a 15-minute drive away. They’ve been on my list for awhile now and they’ve come highly recommended from a few buddies, so I was stoked that I finally got to sit down and check the place out on our last tour with Six Feet Under and Dying Fetus.


If you couldn’t guess by the name, Melt is a grilled cheese lover’s wet dream and they definitely can deliver your fix if your craving cheesy decadence. 

When I walked into the joint, I noticed the place had a pretty funky decor which is cool since I like to keep myself preoccupied with looking at weird shit on the walls while I patiently await my food. They also serve beer at Melt, which is always a plus — so I ordered up a refreshing Archangel Summer Wheat while I scoped the menu.


Upon looking at the menu I realized there were too many sandwiches that I wanted and couldn’t just settle on one so I ended up splitting two different grilled cheeses with my bass player in order to get the full Melt experience.

The first sandwich that I dove into was the BBQ chicken grilled cheese. The bread was perfectly pan-crisped and it had loads of sharp cheddar and grilled onions; not a light sandwich by any means. 

However, the real heart stopping artery clogger was “The Dude Abides” melt, which had homemade meatballs, mozzarella sticks, marinara, romano and provolone.

This behemoth coupled with the hand cut fries was enough to cause me to slip into a deep food coma that I was only able to rouse myself from right before our set. 


The next day we decided to hit up another Cleveland gem per recommendation of fellow foodie and blast beat extrordinaire, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste.

I rolled up to Sokolowski’s University Inn fully prepared to fuck up some Polish cuisine. After all Sokolowski’s has been a Cleveland destination for over 87 years so I figured they must be doing something right. 

Sokolowski’s food is served cafeteria-style so you just grab a tray and tell the nice lady what you want. I have to admit I got a little stage fright when it was my turn to order since there was so many things that looked good and I didn’t want to hold up the line.

I went with my gut reaction and got the polish sausage with green beans, pierogies and a slice of blueberry pie for dessert. The overall meal was pretty damn fantastic although I wasn’t a huge fan of the green beans; I like mine with a little more snap to them, but the pierogies stole the show.

If I ever go back there I think I’m just gonna order a whole plate of those butter drenched fuckers… so damn good. The blueberry pie was super tasty as well; not too sweet but backed with dripping blueberries within a flaky crust.


I think I gained about ten pounds before finally leaving Cleveland, but hey, eating healthy is for wimps and posers. I you don’t have high cholesterol, LEAVE THE HALL!

To check out Dave’s pre-GSA work, head here and chow down on his prose.

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