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Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic combination, but when you take the simple sandwich and stuff it full of other delicious ingredients like bacon, pesto and house made sauces and soups you end up getting sandwiches that are decadently delicious. Add in the famous grilled cheese doughnut sandwiches and Tom and Chee is a place that we will likely be visiting often.
Originally started in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom and Chee got their big break when the founders were featured on the ABC show Shark Tank and they received the backing of Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran and soon after launched a successful franchise chain. Their latest franchise is here in Omaha at 145th and Maple and opens today, Friday, February 26th. We were invited to stop in and take a sneak peak of the West Omaha location, try the food and meet the franchise owners Matt and Lyndsay Ruma.
When we arrived, we found the restaurant full and the staff bustling about to bring out samples of the menu to the folks in attendance. Every member of the staff that we encountered was friendly and very knowledgeable, happy to share their favorites and make sure we had the opportunity to try lots of different sandwiches.
We started out with the Flying Pig, a combination of turkey, bacon and pickles with smoked Gouda.
Our next sample was the Pep + Chee, a pepperoni and mozzarella grilled cheese with tomato sauce.
Turkey Pesto – A classic combination of roasted turkey and pesto made with sunflower seeds.
Crunchy Garlic Chicken – Roasted chicken, grilled onions, diced tomatoes, Parmesan garlic potato chips and pepper jack with hot honey mustard. This was our favorite savory sandwich, an great combination of flavors, crunch and gooey cheese. We loved this one.
Soups – Blue Cheese Chili, Beer Cheese, Classic Tomato, Creamy Tomato and Chunky Tomato
Grilled Mac and Cheese – Interesting, but we think it needed more crunch as it felt a bit mushy.
BBQ Bacon – BBQ chips, bacon and American cheese
BLT +Chee – Bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar. We can’t wait till summer when the tomatoes are in season because we found a new way to make BLTs. Until then we will be hitting up Tom+Chee when the craving for a BLT hits us.
Banarama – gouda, caramelized banana on a grilled glazed doughnut. This was absolutely sinfully delicious. Mr. Nom was totally craving this the next day!
Choco Bacon Bliss – Chocolate Mascarpone, mozzarella, bacon on a grilled glazed doughnut
Mint Summer’s Night Dream – chocolate mint candies, Chocolate Mascarpone, fresh strawberries and mozzarella.
Everything we tried was delicious and we can see why Tom + Chee is expanding by leaps and bounds. We are excited to see Tom+Chee in Omaha and hope that Matt and Lyndsay have lots of success!
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