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UMelt gets national attention


The UMac sandwich is pure gluttony, and until you see one, it’s hard to believe that anyone can cram its ingredients between two slices of bread. Yet somehow the alchemists at UMelt manage to fit macaroni and cheese and pulled pork, leaving just enough room for an additional layer of cheddar cheese. If your arteries and dietary persuasion don’t object, the UMac may be the ultimate comfort food. The only challenge is biting through the toasted bread without spurting pasta all over your lap.

Recently, the UMac won nationally attention, thanks to an MSN roundup of “The Most Outrageous Restaurant Dish in Every State.” While Texas boasts a 72-ounce steak and West Virginia serves a 30-inch hotdog called The WidowMaker, Rhode Island’s entry is both compact and impressive. We may not have the heft of a five-pound burger (Arkansas), but you can’t beat this sandwich for portability.

UMelt recently relocated to Weybosset Street, yet the restaurant started on Thayer and is still a major hit with Brown students. And although most East Siders will have to cross a river to enjoy that sweet mix of carbs and barbeque sauce, you need not brave the cold: UMelt delivers through GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats. 129 Weybosset Street