- Davwud Feb 22, 2012 08:59 AM
So I'm driving along Millwood and I see this place stuck in a strip mall near Laird. Millwood Melt. It's a "Grilled Cheesery."
I looked on the board and found nothing so I assume no one has yet tried it. I'm really not so sure I'm all that interested in giving it a whirl unless someone tells me that it's the best thing since sliced bread. More likely it's the dumbest thing since Pink Burger.
The big thing is the roll out. Don't get me wrong, even if I hate a place I'd have a hard time hoping it goes under but to me, this place is a disaster in the making. First of all, I just don't see grilled cheese places catching on. Ya, there are some examples (Melt in Cleveland for one) but over all, it seems like a silly idea. It's location seems to be terrible as well.
Then we move onto the menu. They have 3 items listed. Not one is the simple, classic buttered bread and cheese although it looks like you can order one under the DIY section. Not clear. Next thing to puzzle me is the Wake & Bacon. A grilled cheese with peameal, eggs and tomato. Sounds good right?? A nice breakfast sandwich. WRONG, the earliest they open is 11:30. Are they catering to the 20ish crowd the morning after a bender?? Last but not least, "Extras" for an up charge. I'm fine with that except when you want to charge me 50¢ for slices of onion.
Anyway, if anyone decides to lean into the strikezone and take one for the team, please post your findings here.
I do believe there are people out there that would support a good grilled cheese place, but I also think that said place has to offer more than 3 signature combinations. It's also surprising to me that they only offer one type of bread: sourdough. The DIY sandwich mentions "your choice of cheese", but doesn't list types. The signature sandwiches have medium Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Swiss, respectively. I guess those are the options.
If grilled cheeses weren't bad for the waistline and cholesterol counts, I'd wager that my husband would eat one daily. As for me, I'd need the lure of really special cheeses and varied breads. I'd want to see combos such as: Cambozola, sliced tart apple, roasted whole garlic cloves and fresh herbs, but hey, that's just me. A beer and mustard seed Cheddar, slow braised brisket, caramelized onions and a drizzle of barbecue sauce would be good too. I'm past my 5-year-old cheese single between 2 slices of sandwich bread days.
As to whether they should open before 11:30 am, probably not. There's probably little traffic before then, especially along Millwod, though one could mount an argument that if they make decent coffee, there might be a coffee break/grilled cheese-munching crowd starting around 10:15 am.
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Happy to "take one for the team" Davwud, and glad I did. This was a lot more fun than my recent visits (3) to "Big Mouth Bad Luck Dumplings"
This 10 seater has been open for a week. The young couple running it seem very friendly, conscientious and open to suggestion.
They use St. John's Sourdough, real cheese and real butter and do a good, homemade tomato soup ($3). They make 3 specialty melts at $7 and plain for $5 and various toppings for $0.50 - $1.00.
The red onion slice at $0.50 isn't so bad when the avocado or peameal is only a buck. It sort of evens out. They use cheddar, jack and swiss and i would be happy to see one or two more bread varieties - maybe a pumpernickle or rye and perhaps a few more toppings but having just opened an willing to be patient.
They hope to be a local community feature and may have staying power as the building has been in the family for generations.
I thought it was a very pleasant lunch for about $10 and will certainly go back.
Stars Catering (has it taken over their storefront?) used to do a lot of business from the nearby retirement homes and grilled cheese are pretty easy on the dentures.
That said, I live round the corner and haven't noticed it yet, or received any promos in the mail.
Leaside is a funny place for restaurants. You can be mediocre to awful on Bayview and as long as the decor is decent you can survive for years. The places off the main drag struggle unless they're exceptional.
A friend & I had lunch here today and split two GC sandwiches-- Wake & Bacon and Green Machine (all veggie). We had the GM on whole grain and the Wake & Bacon on sourdough. I loved that the bread was thin so that it actually tasted of filling. Both were grilled perfectly and flavourful. The W & B seemed like an unusual combo but it worked. You can think of the W & B as your all day breakfast option. Have you never had "breakfast food" at lunch? We both thought the coffee was awesome. I wouldn't get too worked up about 50 cents for onions. Everything on the menu seems more than fairly priced. Underpriced even. You can definitely have a plain GC -- it's DIY on the menu.