What happens when a husband and wife make a kick ass grilled cheese out of a tent? People start buying them, they end up on Shark Tank and receive 20,000 franchise requests within a week of being on television is what happens. Luckily, one of those requests was from a family right here in Omaha and Tom+Chee opened up it's doors on 145th West Maple!
Earlier this week I joined some local Omaha Bloggers out at Tom+Chee to sample A LOT of their menu. I had been out two weeks prior with friends, celebrating hubby and I's anniversary, and had been craving more since. For a girl whose Top 3 comfort foods include grilled cheese and tomato soup.......well lets just say that Tom+Chee raised my comfort food love to the party food love category too!
What's on the Tom+Chee menu?
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Donuts, Salads, Soups, and Mac-n-Cheese. They do offer Gluten Free and Vegetarian options as well. The best part? There are no freezers or microwaves at Tom+Chee! You know what that means? Freshity fresh fresh food! I'm talking fresh mozza balls on a fresh bed of greens and fresh meat that is rubbed every morning and stripped off the bone by hand each day. I know because its done by this gentleman smack dab in the middle off all these gorgeous ladies!
You may be tempted to head straight for the Grilled Cheese at Tom+Chee but don't miss out on the salads. The Caprese Salad was my favorite and not something you would expect to find at a fine dine restaurant. It's a light and refreshing way to start the meal. Other salads include the Green Goat Salad, Chicken Salad, and Grilled Cheese Salad.
So those Grilled Cheese Sandwiches that Tom+Chee is famous for....yeah....they pretty much all rock. I have yet to have one I didn't like. Seriously. They started coming out of the kitchen and they were coming out fast. Good thing they were cut into fours so we only had to take on one square of each. But still! Just a few of the Tom+Chee Grilled Cheese that my belly devoured are.....
The Tom+Chee has diced tomatoes, garlic seasoning, mozz and cheddar cheese on hardy white bread. Perfect for the kids and kids at heart! If you love a a Grilled Cheese without any bells or whistles when it comes to toppings, this is for you.
The Grilled Mac+Chee has mac & cheese and cheddar cheese on hardy white bread. All I'm going to say is the once you go Grilled Mac+Chee, you never go back.
The Flying Pig has roasted turkey, bacon, pickle, and smoked gouda on hardy white bread. This may rank up there at the top of the favorites list. I may or may not have wanted to take everyone's square at my table.....
The Armagoetta (from Man vs. Food Nation) has goetta, spicy cherry peppers, fried peppers, fried onions, sweet hot mustard, and pepper jack cheese on hardy white and pumpernickle rye. Warning - this bad boy is HOT but it is SOOOO good.
The Italian has salt & vinegar chips, pepperoni, ham, and mozz on hardy white bread. She became the one. The one that knocked the BBQ+Bacon out of the number one spot on my list. I didn't think it could happen but this is my current Grilled Cheese Soulmate.
We got to try a special BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese and Coleslaw that was very tasty! The coleslaw wasn't a wet coleslaw so I really liked that! I hope this is one that makes an appearance often, at least foe the Summer!
The Tom+Chee Soups are SO flavorful thanks to the fresh ingredients and the new Sweet Potato Base they are testing out is to die for! I've tried both bases and the sweet potato wins hands down. Soup options include Classic Tomato, Creamy Tomato Basil, and Chunky Tomato Basil. You may even find Taco Soup on the menu and if you do, get it! Don't want a whole bowl of soup? You can order a Dipper for $1.00 that's the perfect companion to your Grilled Cheese.
Don't forget to try the Mac+Chee all by itself! A little side dish or a stand alone meal, either way, it is scrumptious!
Dessert at Tom+Chee should never be passed up. How can you you say no to Grilled Cheese Donuts people?! Okay, you are probably asking "What is a Grilled Cheese Donut?" and luckily I have the answer, but don't blame me for any drooling.
Grilled Cheese Donuts are donut sandwiches with a variety of sweet, savory, and fruit middles, along with a complimenting cheese. Grilled to perfection and the perfect end to your meal! My favorites include The King, S'more, Strawberry Lemonade, Choco Bacon Bliss and if I could eat bowls full of the Blueberry Compote on the Blueberry Blue!
Some fun tidbits about Tom+Chee in Omaha:
- Tuesday Nights are Kids Nights and all kids eat for $0.99!
- You can put your appetite to the test with the Bakers Dozen Challenge that involves polishing off 13 Grilled Cheese Donuts to be crowned a champion and score a T-Shirt!
- There is a patio with outdoor seating to enjoy the warm weather this Summer!
- They have done and look forward to doing more charity nights to benefit local charities.
- The Tom+Chee Omaha Location was the 23rd store front opened and fingers crossed one will be in Council Bluff soon as the same the same family that bought franchising rights in Omaha, did so Pottawatomie County as well!
Tom+Chee Omaha is just off 145th West Maple and their friendly staff is ready to serve you amazing food for lunch and dinner!