Following GCDC, the District gets its second grilled cheese shop today with the downtown debut of New York transplant Melt Shop. UPDATE: All menu items are half-price on opening day.

The menu ranges from a classic white bread sandwich with American cheese (plus cheese sauce!) to the “truffle melt” with Havarti, truffle oil, and arugula on sourdough. There’s also a grilled cheese-burger hybrid called the “burger melt” with a beef patty, pepper jack, pickles, caramelized onions, cheese sauce,  and “burger sauce.” Sandwich prices range from $4.60 to $8.29.

Melt Shop’s signature side is tater tots, which you can also get loaded with yet more cheese sauce, bacon, and jalapeños. Tomato soup and a couple salads are also available. Shakes come in Nutella, Oreo, strawberry, and vanilla flavors for $4.60.

The shop will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the full menus below.


Melt Shop, 1901 L St. NW; (202) 794-8400;

Photo courtesy Melt Shop