There is something so comforting about the simplicity of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of piping hot tomato soup. A meal so versatile it can enjoyed on a rainy, snowy, sunny, warm or frigid day. I think most of us grew up on grilled cheese sandwiches though for me personally, tomato soup became an acquired taste as I grew into adulthood. Now I love it.
While on a recent trip in Georgia I accidently stumbled upon Tom+Chee. An entire restaurant dedicated to the art of a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. How simple.
Choose from a menu of sandwiches ranging from the Flying Pig (roasted turkey, bacon and pickles) to the Pepp+Chee (pepperoni), or create your own creation from a list of various breads, meats, veggies and cheeses. And then there are extras you can add like sweet hot mustard, blueberry compote or potato chips. There is also an option for Vegan cheese for non-dairy lovers.
I ordered the Swiss+Shroom with mushrooms, onions and swiss cheese on pumpernickel rye bread. And I added potato chips. Unbelievably simple. Unbelievably delicious.
I tried the creamy tomato basil soup, one of three tomato soups offered on the menu. I thought the soup was fantastic- so comforting and satisfying. Other soup options include chunky tomato basil and the always popular classic tomato.
My date Chad loved his Hippy+Chee – a creation with hummus, cucumbers, mixed greens, diced tomatoes, wheat berry and cheddar cheese. Hummus on grilled cheese? Don’t knock it until you try it- an amazing combination.
However, the crème de la crème of Tom+Chee, perhaps the one thing they are most famous for- the Grilled Cheese Donut. There is an entire menu of grilled cheese donut creations. I persuaded Chad to try one and he chose the Mint Summer’s Night – chocolate mascarpone with fresh strawberries, chocolate mint candy and Swiss cheese grilled between two glazed donuts. The Swiss cheese was an interesting contrast to the other sweet ingredients- it was minty and hearty.
I ordered the Strawberry Lemonade Grilled Cheese Donut – one of the most unique and tastiest dishes I have experienced in a long time. Candied lemon, fresh strawberries, mozzarella cheese and lemon mascarpone grilled on glazed donuts. I can certainly see why Tom+Chee is so well known for their donut sandwiches (and on a side note- you can order any of the savory grilled cheese combinations with glazed donuts as your bread if you are so inclined.)
Unfortunately, for my waistline, there are a hundred other sandwiches and donuts I want to try here so I will have to kick my workouts up a notch. And since I am based in Orlando, I was thrilled to learn that soon we will have our very own Tom+Chee. The Lake Buena Vista store will be opening in June of 2015!
The atmosphere is laid back, the food is amazing and the experience is fun. I am looking forward to spending more time here exploring my inner cheesy child. Five out of five sprouts.