The Melt The Melt

About Us

Hello. Welcome to The Melt.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, our founding mission was rooted in two key principles; 1) better food for our kids and 2) jobs creation. Today this founding mission lives on through the hundreds of crew members at our stores and headquarters, and the real happy foods made from real, wholesome, 100% natural ingredients with names you can pronounce before you eat them.

Like the 100% real, all-natural beef we use in our deliciously juicy burgers. Or the real aged cheeses that are melted to perfection on our freshly baked artisan buns. Or the hand crafted fountain sodas sweetened with real cane sugar that harkens back to a time when sodas were all about incredible flavors, instead of artificial syrupy sweetness. And our homemade soups & salads are always crafted from the freshest peak season produce available.

Our real happy food happens to also create some real happy moments. Like smiling til' your face hurts when you remember that very first ooey gooey grilled cheese that Mom made you. (Thanks Mom!). Or making vampire fangs out of french fries and then devouring your ice cream cone that's made with just five simple, natural ingredients. Because why would ice cream ever need more ingredients than that? It really doesn't.

"Happy" isn't enough for us, to be honest. We prefer real happy. And you? You look like someone who couldn't agree more.

The Melt Crew

Our Ingredient Quality Standards

We carefully evaluate and select each and every menu ingredient at The Melt so you can feel great that each & every bite is free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats.

Roll over the letters to see a list of ingredients that don't meet our quality standards and as a result, you will not find at The Melt.

  1. A
    • acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium)
    • acetylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
    • ammonium chloride
    • artificial colors
    • artificial flavors
    • aspartame
    • azodicarbonamide
  2. B
    • benzoates in food
    • benzoyl peroxide
    • BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
    • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
    • bleached flour
    • bromated flour
    • brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
  3. C
    • calcium bromate
    • calcium disodium EDTA
    • calcium peroxide
    • calcium propionate
    • calcium saccharin
    • calcium sorbate
    • calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
    • caprocaprylobehenin
    • carmine
    • certified colors
    • cyclamates
    • cysteine (l-cysteine), as an additive for bread products
  4. D
    • DATEM (Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters of mono and diglycerides)
    • dimethylpolysiloxane
    • dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DSS)
    • disodium calcium EDTA
    • disodium dihydrogen EDTA
    • disodium guanylate
    • disodium inosinate
  5. E
    • EDTA
    • ethyl vanillin
    • ethylene oxide
    • ethoxyquin
  6. F
    • FD&C colors
    • foie gras
  7. G
    • GMP (disodium guanylate)
  8. H
    • Hexa-, hepta- and octa-esters of sucrose
    • high fructose corn syrup
    • hydrogenated fats
  9. I
    • IMP (disodium inosinate)
    • irradiated foods
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
    • lactylated esters of mono- and diglycerides
    • lead soldered cans
  13. M
    • methyl silicon
    • methylparaben
    • microparticularized whey protein derived fat substitute
    • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  14. N
    • natamycin
    • nitrates/nitrites
  15. O
  16. P
    • partially hydrogenated oil
    • polydextrose
    • potassium benzoate
    • potassium bromate
    • potassium sorbate
    • propionates
    • propyl gallate
    • propylparaben
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
    • saccharin
    • sodium aluminum sulfate
    • sodium benzoate (except in fountain soda)
    • sodium diacetate
    • sodium glutamate
    • sodium nitrate/nitrite
    • sodium propionate
    • sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
    • solvent extracted oils, as standalone single-ingredient oils (except grapeseed oil)
    • sorbic acid
    • sucralose
    • sucroglycerides
    • sucrose polyester
    • sulfites (except in wines, meads and ciders)
  20. T
    • TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone)
    • tetrasodium EDTA
  21. U
  22. V
    • vanillin
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z