MELT MARKET + CAFE: 7 LAFAYETTE CIRCLE, BRIDGEPORT
Raclette is a Swiss dish made with melted raclette cheese over potatoes. I guess whoever came up with the dish was too busy taking a cheese-and-potato-induced nap to think of a real name. That’s alright because it’s fantastic.
I talked to owner Damon Itin about it and, it turns out, not many people seem to know about raclette, so he rarely prepares it. This is criminal. Consider this a call to action, Bridgeport: Go to Melt and demand raclette. You won’t regret it. In the meantime, you can get your fix at Swizz in Manhattan.
Other offerings include sandwiches, salads, macaroni and cheese, and soup. In addition to the café menu, Melt will sell you everything from cheese and meat platters to fondue sets (hence the “market” part of the name).
I tried the Vermont cheddar, apple, and chutney melt and my only complaint was that it could have spent a few more seconds in the grill press. The ingredients were fresh, bread was great, and cheese was just sharp enough. Melt is a welcome addition to the Bridgeport lunch spot roster.