This year, Ryan and I were invited to join Kevin, Jocelyn, and Byron on their Second Annual Foodie Adventure: eating at six places in Toronto in six hours. Definitely a challenge fit for any determined foodie! We live-documented our food run on Instagram using the hashtag #SAFA2014TO on Sunday, November 9th.
02. The Grilled Cheese
(66 Nassau Street)
After a delicious start at Seven Lives, our second stop was just a short two-minute walk within Kensington Market. The Grilled Cheese tops blogTO’s list of ‘The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Toronto’ and has been featured back on season 1 of Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here! Eating gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in a cozy cabin-like setting complete with a running fireplace? I was so down. We were also served water in cute and differently-themed coffee mugs, haha. It adds to the homey feel of the place.
We literally stared at the blackboard menu for a while (all just grilled cheese… but so many choices! SO MANY CHOICES!) before we could decide on a sandwich to share:
swiss, provolone, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, red onions, spinach
The sandwich, which came with potato chips and a pickle, was cut into four for us. There is a vegetarian and non-vegetarian section on the menu, and this one is vegetarian. It was a great blend of ingredients. Perfectly warm and crispy on the outside with gooey-cheesey amazingness on the inside.
Shortly after finishing, Ryan arrived and joined us! We caught up a bit and gave him the honour of choosing another sandwich for us to try:
cheddar, jalapeño havarti, mushrooms, bacon
There was a longer 15-minute wait for this sandwich because it got pretty busy here right after we arrived. I liked both of the sandwiches, but this one was definitely better (if you’re not a vegetarian)! The jalapeño havarti made the difference for me (or maybe, you know, the bacon). The Lanois had more flavour for me, and, maybe because I grew up on grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches, it was a little bit more familiar of the grilled cheese sandwich I was expecting.
A gourmet take on a classic comfort food. Overall, I thought this was a pretty fun place and well-delivered food concept! The staff was friendly and I loved the cozy feel of this shack. The soups and bisques here also look tasty and a good match with the grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m hesitant to spend $10 on a grilled cheese sandwich, but The Beast (cheddar, jalapeño havarti, turkey, bacon, red onion, spinach, tomato) looks and sounds like a formidable force to be reckoned with… so, maybe another time. They only take cash here though there is an ATM downstairs near the washroom. While the food items aren’t exactly cheap, the prices aren’t too bad considering the quality of the food and inclusion of chips and pickle to make a meal.