Build Your Own Grilled Cheese
"Is crap the brand?" is what Shark Tank's own Kevin O'Leary asked the Tom+Chee owners when they appeared on the hit television show. Despite the negativity, it seems they were still able to get a deal. I am so glad they did. I was so fortunate to find this great little gem, hidden in my current town of Knoxville, TN.
As I walked in, I was not sure what to expect. The colors were vibrant and exciting. As I walked to the register, I was greeted by a friendly young man who was more than willing to help me. As I wondered what to eat, there it was. It jumped out at me as usual. The build your own sandwich option. I ordered white bread, cheddar and American cheese, ham, and.... that's right.... barbecue chips. It was heaven in my mouth. But then, I inquired about this cheesy donut. Did I read that correctly? (pictured below)
Does it look like someone had taken a bite out of it? Oh, that's because I couldn't wait for the picture. This donut is everything I did not expect. Hot, sugary deliciousness. To keep it simple, it was amazing. This restaurant only has one drawback. Its not everywhere yet! For picky friendliness, and a surprise desert, I give this place a cheesy 4.7 out of 5.
As a small, locally owned business in Fayetteville, WV, I have heard so much about this little sandwich spot and could not wait to eat here. My biggest question was if they would be picky friendly. As I began to walk into the restaurant, down the "historic" steps, I noticed the outdoor seating. I am not much for eating outside but it was a breezy day and I really was determined to be alright with it. As I walked in, I was surprised to see they had indoor seating as well. The host then took me to my table...... outside. Yes outside without giving the option.
I was determined not to let this ruin my experience. Once seated I was finally greeted a few moments later by my server. I ordered my drink and, yes here we go again, I was brought a glass of ice and a can of soda. As I read over the menu, the radio was very loud in my ears, as I was seated in a corner, right by a speaker. I did not see any sandwich I wanted to try until I saw this. The Lincoln! The name is misleading. They should name it Burger King because you can have it your way. Yes picky nation, it is another build your own sandwich.
I usually love places with this option. Let me say this option is only as good as your server. This picture is not of the first sandwich that was brought to me. I ordered the pork loin with cheese and lettuce. Instead, I was brought a sandwich with onions and tomato. I had to send it back. This was no easy task due to the server always missing in action. I believe he visited my table three times or so. Once I received the sandwich, it was very tasty. The chips had a not-so-pleasant spice to them but they were definitely edible. For a server who disappeared more than Houdini, and a sandwich that tried too hard, I give this experience a not-so-picky 2.3 out of 5.
Ham And Cheese
It's not quite a cheeseburger in paradise. It's more like a secret treasure. I walked in and was floored. This establishment is such a whole in the wall that I don't even know if they know they are open. I normally don't go into establishments that look like this but it was suggested to me. I would have walked out but I figured I was already there. The art work on the walls are a turn off to people from out of town I am sure. The bathroom was terrible as well. Furthermore I noticed they serve cans of soda instead of fountain drinks. Usually that is not a good sign.
I sat down at a table, trying hard not to offend anyone by staring. The menu was large and full of sandwiches. Most were not for the picky eater but if you look hard enough, you can find something. Ahhhh... a build your own option. Build your own options are my favorite. The cooks are use to getting strange orders and I can get what I want. I ordered a ham and cheese with black olives. Simple enough.
When the sandwich arrived it was hot and cheesy. I didn't order a side because they didn't have much for picky eaters such as myself. The sandwich was big enough. The ham was really good. Plenty of olives for taste. A great surprise after looking around this establishment. My suggestion to you. If your in Orlando, hunt this place out and order to go! Overall the establishment needs moved to a better location, updated, and more friendly to the mainstream audience, which I suppose was the point. However, they make a mean sandwich that you should definitely partake of at least once. For picky friendliness, but lack of environmental friendliness, Pom Pom gets a cheery 3.8 out of 5.
The Ultimate Porker
I decided to stop in this little sandwich shop on my way back from Orlando. I chose it only because it was beside America's favorite coffee shop. I walked in and stood for a moment. When I made contact with the young man behind the register, I finally was greeted with a nod. At this point I wasn't sure if the poor boy could speak, but I went on to say hello. He never spoke until I made my selection and gave him my order, and even then, he only spoke because he had trouble understanding what I wanted.
Aside from all the unfriendliness in the room, I had decided to get the ultimate porker. What a name! This surely will not disappoint me. It was supposed to come with real applewood ham (glad they were not serving the fake ham that day), and bacon, with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. The menu even said "what could be better?" Let me tell you what could be better. Any other sandwich shop could be better.
I got my order to go because I was running late. I took my first bite in the vehicle. "Crunch." No, not the lettuce. Just the bread. The bread was hard and stale. The ham and bacon were fine and they did get the only lettuce part correct. Oh picky nation you know by now I do not like mayonnaise and tomatoes do not belong on sandwiches. However, as you know, the bread is key to a good sandwich. What a disappointment. There was also no cheese on this sandwich. What kind of sandwich comes without cheese. I know the menu didn't say it. Let me say it needed cheese. It was dry. A word to sandwich shops.
Don't rely on creamy condiments to cover up the stale taste of your sandwiches. Although I did get what I asked for, the taste of this sandwich was bland even for me. I give this experience a picky 2 out of 5.
Newk's. The name says it all. Or does it? When I first arrived at this establishment, I was immediately turned off by the name. My first reaction was that they must microwave all of the food. Were they going to "Newk" my food? I took a chance anyway.
As I came in the door, I was greeted by a friendly worker who was ready to take my order. I was not ready.
I finally decided on the club and was ready to order. The club was suppose to come with ham, turkey (nitrate free if it matters to you), Applewood bacon, Ammerlander Swiss cheese, aged cheddar cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, mayo, and made from scratch honey mustard. I think too much is going on in this sandwich. I asked for no mayo, no honey mustard, and seriously, tomatoes on sandwiches is so nasty. I was given a choice of sides. Fresh fruit, cole slaw, something I didn't catch because I was uninterested, and chips. Why oh why didn't I just say chips?
I said fruit. Yeah fruit will be delicious. I like fruit. I like all different kinds of fruit. Give me the fruit. I sat down and they brought me my dish. It looks amazing! I took one bite of my sandwich and it was perfect. Now for the fruit. The fresh fruit...... well so I thought. I took one bite of that fruit and immediately thought about how it was probably in the back of the walk in cooler for who knows how long. It was chopped up into little bits as if to cause me not to realize that it was bad.
So just to recap, the sandwich was great, but the fruit was horrible. This place offers picky friendliness, but it seems you never know what the quality might be. For picky friendliness and faulty fruit, I give this meal a 3.5 out of 5.
triple decker turkey and fries
The full disclaimer on this review is that I was dining with a group of people so keep that in mind. That being said, the first thing about this particular visit was the encounter with the hostess. I would say that she was genuinely bothered by our presence but, much like a forty plus carnival ride operator, she seemed genuinely unhappy about life in general. The manager sat us at our table. I suppose they may have been short handed, though there weren't that many people dining. The manager then took our drink order. About two minutes later the waitress came by and took our drink order. Yes you guessed it. This establishment is already looking quite grim for the picky eater. If the manager didn't communicate with the waitress, did you really think the waitress was going to communicate effectively to the kitchen? I decided right then and there to order something safe. The triple decker club seemed like the obvious choice. It normally comes with Butterball oven roasted, hand carved turkey (overselling it a bit I think), applewood smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted whole wheat or white bread. Sounds simple enough. I asked for the sandwich minus tomato and mayonnaise on white. The waitress was very nice and said it would be no problem. So we waited.... and waited.... and waited.... and finally, it was wrong. Yes it was brought to me with everything. The waitress caught the mistake and apologized. She gave that sandwich to the table and brought me another one. It was correct this time. I took one bite and realized it was the driest sandwich I had ever bitten into. The turkey was dry, the bacon was crispy, the lettuce was slim, and well... it had toast. I was able to eat about half and I was finished. The fries had an odd taste and they brought me about ten. The waitress promised more fries were coming but I suppose they fell into the Bermuda triangle because they never arrived. Overall the experience of the meal was pleasantly disappointing. The waitress was very nice but that's the only thing that saved this experience from being and flat 1. I give this experience a 1.5 out of 5.