Having an American Meltdown!

American Meltdown Logo from americanmeltdown.org

American Meltdown Logo from americanmeltdown.org

No, I didn’t have a hissy fit, I had a patty melt! You know when you go to the food court at the mall and your choices are either chain fast food or chain fast food? Either way you’re eating that same old fast food from a chain restaurant. I was faced with this dilemma at the Streets of Southpoint in Durham over the weekend. I’m not knocking fast food restaurants really, but we all know they serve food that is pre-made, unhealthy and full of calories. Sure some are better than others, but wouldn’t it be great to eat local food at the mall? In a fortuitous stroke of luck that is exactly what happened to me.

While looking overhead at the signs for the food choices at the food court I was thinking Taco Bell. They have the chicken cantina bowl that isn’t too awful for you and I enjoy it occasionally. But I wasn’t feeling it. It wasn’t calling my name. One sign did strike me – The American Meltdown Gourmet Melts. Who doesn’t love a melt? I can tell you one thing: this girl loves gooey cheese dripping off some meat {enter favorite meat here} sandwiched between crusty bread. You can’t go wrong with a melt.

Durham is a food truck city. There are a lot of food truck choices in the Bull City: seafood, barbecue, sweets, and more: they’ve got you covered! American Meltdown started its journey in a food truck a few years ago and in November 2015 they opened the store in the mall. My taste buds were so happy I found them!

The Patty Melt on Rye

The Patty Melt on Rye

The menu is limited but it’s not missing a thing because they stick to what they do best – melts. They offer a variety of melts for every taste, a few sides and desserts, Boylan soft drinks (yummm!), homemade sweet tea, and water, in case you want to wash that grub down with something healthy.

Mac-N-Cheese Like Your Mama Makes

Mac-N-Cheese Like Your Mama Makes

I went for a classic patty melt which is a grilled burger with grilled onions and cheddar served on Guglhupf rye and a side of mac-n-cheese. The Guglhupf Bakery is also from the Durham food scene and they are on the mark with their rye bread. There wasn’t one thing I would do to change this sandwich and by the time I was finished, I was stuffed. The mac-n-cheese is the real deal and I highly recommend that too. I like to dip my mac-n-cheese in ketchup (it’s a Yankee thing) and it was served piping hot and creamy, just like your mama’s. The meal was washed down with a Southern staple – sweet tea– although the Boylan soft drinks are great too if you like a little effervescence with your meal.

The moral of the story? Don’t settle for fast food or a chain restaurant when you can have local goodness, even at the mall! If you’re in Durham you should check them out. Next time I’m trying the Cuban….

2 comments on “Having an American Meltdown!

    • Hello! Thank you for commenting on my post.

      American Meltdown was fantastic! I’ll be going back for sure. Maybe next time trying out the truck. 😃

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