Main Street Melts classic, adventurous

Food cart in back of Doomsday Brewing Safe House Taproom

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Main Street Melts

Hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays; 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Where: 1919 Main St., Vancouver.

Contact: www.mainstreetmelts.com. Main Street Melts may also be found on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Health score: Main Street Melts received a score of 5 on Feb. 15. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.

Why: Main Street Melts opened in July. The food truck provides gooey, grilled gourmet sandwiches, some of which are classic oriented and some are adventurous.

What I tried: I had the Meltdown, and my dining companions had the Main Melt and the McBride. All the sandwiches were served with kettle chips.

The Meltdown is made with beer-infused caramelized onions and fontina and gruyere cheese on parmesan crusted sourdough bread. The flavor of this sandwich reminded me somewhat of French onion soup. I especially liked how the grated parmesan gave a rich, crisp coating on the bread. The sandwich’s fillings were complex and deliciously appetizing together.

Both of my dining companions thoroughly enjoyed their sandwich selections. The McBride is a creative sandwich — combining beef brisket, bacon, fontina cheese, chimichurri and crispy onions on a ciabatta roll. The Main Melt is made on sourdough bread and filled with bacon, American and cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado and thousand island dressing.

We all agreed that the sandwiches did not have any shortcomings, and we will definitely return to try more.

Atmosphere: Dining is accommodated either outside, picnic-table-style on a gravel surface, or inside Doomsday Brewing Safe House Taproom where an artistic, post-apocalyptic decor combines murals and simple elements to create a clubhouse feel. The ceiling is covered with wood pallets and the floor is speckled with paint. Tables are paired with lightweight aluminum chairs, and there are a few tall bistro tables and chairs in the bar area in addition to bar-side seating. Large screen TVs provide entertainment and are used in conjunction with group activities, such as trivia night.

Menu highlights beyond what I tried: The All American is made with American cheese on Texas toast. The Rocky is a Philly with American and provolone cheese on an amoroso roll. The patty melt is made with two one-third pound blackened Angus beef patties, gruyere, smoked onion jam, crispy jalape?os and a “zingy” spread. And, there is the Firebird which sounded tasty. This one is made with chicken breast, Sriracha BBQ, fontina and blue cheese topped with sweet slaw on ciabatta bread. Seasonal melts are rotated through the menu, as well. A list of additions to customize any sandwich include brisket, pork, and steak, chicken, bacon, tomato, avocado, crispy jalape?os and onions. Sides include mac & cheese bites and creamy tomato soup. Beverages such as Honest Tea, Pellegrino and bottled water may be purchased at the food cart, or alcoholic beverages are available at Doomsday Brewing Safe House Taproom where the food truck is located.

Other observations: The food cart is in the back of Doomsday. Orders are placed at the cart and delivered to tables. Our visit was on a Monday evening during trivia hour at Doomsday, which packed out the space and made our dining experience extra fun. If you sign up for the I Love Melts loyalty program, the eleventh sandwich is free. Service was friendly and sandwiches were spot-on scrumptious.

Cost: Sandwiches are $5 to $9. Additions cost 50 cents to $4. Sides are $1.50 to $5. Food cart beverages are $1 and $2.