A two-unit Cincinnati-based grilled cheese and tomato concept named Tom + Chee is coming to the Highlands in May at 1704 Bardstown Road, an inline retail slot last held by Penn Station.
The company had a kind of a cool coming out party by hosting a booth at last week’s Dare to Care Taste of Derby Festival. Currently one unit is in Cincy, the other in Newport, Ky., on the Levee.
If you haven’t figured out the name yet, it’s a reference to the longstanding partnership of tomato soup and grilled cheese—which begs the question: Can one really wring a concept out of that?
Its website proclaims the following:
“We showcase the world’s most creative selections of grilled cheese, including the Grippo’s BBQ+Bacon and the Grilled Cheese Donut, as well as homemade soups and fresh salads.
“All of our soups are homemade. We roast our turkey, chicken and beef as well as make our own salad dressings. With a menu that fits in well for a quick work day lunch, a day out with the family or a late night with your friends, people around the city and country are asking for more Tom+Chee.”
The menu notes that Tom + Chee is “home of the grilled cheese donut,” which sounds, well … I don’t know. Elvis would love it, but the King’s dietary endorsement isn’t necessarily a good thing. Tasty and deadly in the same bite? Should I require such a risky meal, I’ll try fugu instead.
What I do like about the menu is it’s simple, tight and on theme. It is what it says it is: soups and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Still, the question remains whether it can supply enough variety over the long haul; how many times does the craving for grilled cheese and soup strike in a given week?
I’m hoping to speak with the concept’s owners sometime this week to ask just that, and I’ll update this info if anything tasty comes from that chat.