Tom and Chee opens in downtown Lansing

January 29, 2014 by  

Tom and Chee, a restaurant popularized on the TV show ’Shark Tank’, opened a location in downtown Lansing on January 8.

The new addition is a sandwich shop with a twist, since it features more than 25 grilled cheese sandwiches that patrons can design themselves. They start with the basic grilled cheese and then add whatever they like—bacon, turkey, beef, or veggies. There are also signature grilled cheese sandwiches such as the Flying Pig, a combination of bacon, turkey, Gouda, and pickles on sourdough bread; or the Swiss & Shroom—mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and grilled onions on rye. Tomato soup, the traditional accompaniment to grilled cheese, is available every day.

Tom and Chee also has a line of unusual pastries and its single best-selling item is the grilled cheese doughnut. Here, too, people can order variations such as The King – a grilled cheese concoction featuring peanut butter and banana, as well as mozzarella and mascarpone cheeses.

The restaurant makes fresh salads daily, provides three different kinds of tomato soup, and serves up special dishes in season, such as gazpacho. The restaurant makes all its sauces, dressings, and spreads from scratch, and roasts its own meats. It also offers vegan items and gluten-free bread, and makes pesto with sunflower seeds rather than pine nuts, so even people with allergies can enjoy it.

Tom and Chee started with one small location near Cincinnati, and is now spreading throughout the Midwest. The owners might consider working with a printing service to create a book about the growth story.

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