I arrived in the area in the evening, and the downtown location was closed, so Newport it was! Add another state to my food adventure list!
|Newport on a cloudy, rainy evening
Tom + Chee is the restaurant shorthand for tomato and cheese. Its Newport location was featured on the Cincinnati episode of "Man v. Food Nation" in mid-October. While Tom + Chee boasts over 20 gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, it's their grilled cheese donut creations that help set them apart from other grilled cheese joints.
On my visit, I had to try the two creations that Adam Richman had. First up, one-half of the "Armagoetta" grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of their chunky tomato basil soup. The Armagoetta uses goetta, a sausage native to Cincinnati. Pork shoulder, steel-cut oats, and spices are blended together and slow-cooked. The resulting sausage patty crackles on the flattop. Using one piece of dark rye toast and one piece of sourdough, the goetta gets topped with pepperjack cheese, hot peppers, fried onions, and sweet hot mustard.
|Menu (November 2011)
|Menu of their Grilled Cheese Donuts and Daily Specials!
|Armagoetta w/Chunky Tomato Basil Soup (Tom + Chee)
|Cross-section of the sandwich
Next up, the Blueberry Blue grilled cheese donut! A glazed donut is sliced open bagel-style. The glazed ends are inverted, allowing the sugars to combine with mozzarella cheese, blue cheese, and their blueberry compote. This simple compote includes blueberries, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. It really is breakfast meeting lunch here!
|Blueberry Blue Grilled Cheese Donut (Tom + Chee)
If you're in the Cincinnati area, be sure to check out Tom + Chee. Man v. Food Nation was spot-on in going here! 8.75/10