Mini-Review: Tom + Chee
I have been having the worst trouble with my phone lately. It seems to prefer being a paperweight to being a useful piece of technology. Because of its bricked condition, I’ve lost pictures from Virgil’s (and someplace else– I forget where!) and nearly lost this pic from Tom + Chee that I took on Fountain Square after Terry and I slung beer for the OTR Chamber of Commerce. Thank goodness I backed up before it crashed (again) yesterday afternoon. So what is that greasy, yet delicious-looking pile? Tom + Chee’s special: American cheese, grippo’s and bacon… on a doughnut.
Slide me some Zocor as you’re sliding me one of those sandwiches, please.
Tom + Chee has been open on the square since the winter. Though their fare– grilled cheese and tomato soup (get it?) is more well-suited to the ice rink, they’ve added salads and a few other dishes that are more summer-friendly. However, I just couldn’t resist this calorie bomb of a sandwich.
So goes the diet.
So what you get– a split-in-half glazed donut, flipped glaze-side in, stuffed to the brim with bacon, Grippo’s and American cheese and grilled until crispy.
I’m pretty sure someone drunk came up with this combination, and I salute them. It’s salty, smoky, cheesy, sweet, crunchy and spicy– all at the same time. You definitely need to sign a waiver and be sure you have good life insurance before you take a bite, but it’s worth whatever sort of shock your heart needs after.
Terry disagreed– which surprised me, because I figured it would be right up his alley. He thought it was a gimmick. I think it’s genius. I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to have another one until at least 2013, but when I do– I’ll be very happy.
Tom + Chee is also taking donations to get a permanent building, so when you pass them a $5 for your $4 sandwich, it’s a good use for your change. Stop in and see them the next time you’re on the Square.