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Danny called me in desperation around 3:30. ”Kristien, you need to get out of work. Stamford Downtown just said that Melt Mobile and Bobby Flay are going to be by Lucky’s tonight from 6:30-8:30.” I slammed through my work, got home, gussied myself up (hey, I could get on camera after all), then we were off to take part in the cheesey awesomeness. Danny needed no further work, he just needed to put on his fancy fedora.
When we got there, there was a huge crowd of people surrounding the Melt Mobile truck. Bobby Flay’s production crew for his new series Three Days to Open coming out in July held up a sign that said if you’re standing here, you are agreeing to be shown on camera. I used write these for my clients, so it’s funny being on the other side of it! We didn’t see anyone leave, you’d be crazy to leave…especially if you realized what was in store. After a few minutes of waiting, the hungry mob was given permission to move forward and form some kind of blob-like line. This is where Darwin’s theory comes in, though it was more survival of the hungriest. We keed, we keed…it was a high-spirited group of foodicionados that chatted about their favorite restaurants, foods, and what they’d want to order here as we waited. In fact, we got to meet lots of our Facebook and Twitter foodie friends in person which was half the fun!
Darlene, co-owner, took orders as people got towards the front, while Diana and the Melt Mobile staff cooked things up. Bobby was there, clapping away, giving tips, pushing them on to deal with this Stamford surprise crowd. From time to time he would poke his head out, set out some tomato soup or sandwiches, and make sure they got sent to their rightful owners. Chef Flay also helped out by grilling up the onions and mushrooms. Come on, you know Bobby’s the grill master. I got my hands on a tomato soup while we inched our way up. Yeah, that’s ridiculously ridiculous tomato soup. It’s creamy and tangy with a few chunks of tomato and some spices to round it out. Just plain awesome, and I have had a LOT of tomato soup in my day!
Danny and I introduced ourselves to Darlene, we hugged, and she called Bobby over. We had a chance to talk for a second and Bobby thanked us for blogging about Melt Mobile and his show. COOL! Back to reality, though. We gave Darlene our order: two Originals (plain) with bacon, sautéed onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes. A few minutes later we had our sandwiches. They were cheesy and nice n’ crunchy like grilled cheese should be! The ingredients were fresh off the grill – the crispy bacon added a nice texture, the onions great flavor, and the tang of the fresh tomato and the earthiness of the mushrooms balanced the buttery/cheesy goodness out. Seriously amazing grilled cheese…we will DEFINITELY come back whenever possible!
The event went off without a hitch! We’d like to wish Darlene Andersen and Diana Hall all the luck in the world, but they won’t need it. They’ve had lots of training and advice from Bobby Flay that we can witness in his new show. And, hey, they were already just plain awesome anyway!
For those of you now drooling, you don’t have to wait any longer for Melt Mobile. Stop by at 11:30, today, and you can be a part of their grand opening celebration. You’ll be able to create Original sandwiches or nom away on some of their signature sandwiches that everybody present were raving about. Thank you Melt Mobile, Food Network, and Bobby Flay for the soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!
Veterans Park/Landmark Square Atlantic Street (across from Old Town Hall) in Stamford, Connecticut
Monday-Friday, 11 am – 4 pm
Visa, MasterCard, and cash accepted
Opening March 29, 2012
Melt Mobile site: http://www.meltmobilect.com
Melt Mobile FB: https://www.facebook.com/MeltMobile
Phone: (203) 609-1422
Available for private events, too!