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Sep 22, 2018
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Chicken Caesar melt from Meltdown Bistro. (Selina Falcon/The Collegian)

Fresno Foodie: Meltdown Bistro

What’s the hype?

Meltdown Bistro has become an integral part of Fresno’s ever-growing food truck community as it serves up its handcrafted melt sandwiches.  

Meltdown Bistro specializes in its melts, but also has sliders, mac and cheese balls, tater tots (plain, loaded and superloaded) and Kung Pao Brussels sprouts on its menu.

The food truck’s signature drink is its watermelon sweet tea. It also offers water and soda.

What’s the cost?

Meltdown Bistro is reasonably priced, especially for a college student on a budget.

I ordered the chicken Caesar melt, which is grilled marinated chicken breast, bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and Caesar mayo on a parmesan crusted bread. It was $9.

I also purchased a bottle of water for $1, which is the same price as a can of soda. The sweet tea was priced at $4.

Where is it?

Food trucks are unique because of their mobility and never staying in the same place, so many local food trucks typically attend weekly events and rotate in and out.

Meltdown Bistro frequents two places: Gazebo Gardens and Enzo’s Table.

Gazebo Gardens is located at 204 N. Van Ness Blvd. and is a destination for food trucks and live music Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. There is a monthly list of scheduled food trucks on its website.

Enzo’s Table is located at 1959 N. Willow Ave., and food trucks congregate outside between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The best way to find or confirm the location of a food truck is to follow it on social media. Meltdown Bistro is @meltdownbistro on Instagram and Facebook and is good about posting where it will be.

Worth it?

Meltdown Bistro has quickly become one of my favorite food trucks in Fresno.

The food is very reasonably priced for the amount you get. I went with a friend to Gazebo Gardens to have dinner, and we both agreed that our meals were not only delicious, but filling. The service is also quick and very friendly, which is always a plus.

Overall, I think the best (and obviously the most important) part of Meltdown Bistro is just how good the food is. It has been a few weeks, and I’m still thinking about the perfection that was that chicken Caesar melt.  

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