I was just chatting with a friend about patty melts and was inspired by the recent tuna melt thread to ask a similar question about patty melts. What does patty melt mean to you? My friend is from Rhode Island and was surprised when I mentioned that in my experience, patty melts come with Thousand Island/Russian dressing. He asked if it was a midwest thing (I’m from Michigan), but I am quite sure I’ve seen patty melts with dressing on diner menus all over the country. He also prefers his with cheddar, but knows that swiss is the traditional choice (and the BETTER choice!).
So, what do you expect when you order a patty melt? I want well-buttered, griddled rye bread, a thinnish burger than covers the bread completely (cooked medium-ish), lots of onions, melty swiss and I expect it to include Thousand Island (though I always ask them to sub blue cheese). It should be greasy and messy and utterly delicious in every way!