They were given an offer on the show and a few months later, the first Tom + Chee opened in the Fox Valley Area. I have family in that area so I told them all about it and hoped we could check it out together. A few months later, I found out a Tom + Chee was opening in Elm Grove--so much easier for me to get to.
My guy and I finally found time after the holidays and made a lunch date to check the place out. The shop is in a great location between Brookfield Square Mall and HWY 100, making it a very popular destination for many. The parking lot is a little struggle as it doesn't have many spots. But I was able to get in a spot without too much difficulty.
When we walked in, the place was pretty packed. Long tables were set up to eat banquet/family-style and guests were waiting with numbers for their food. I was glad there was a little bit of a line so I had time to decide what I wanted to eat.
Everything sounded really good--I decided to be glutinous and go for a donut grilled cheese. I had one this summer in Wisconsin Dells that was heavenly so I just had to compare. They also had some great sounding salads so I went with a donut grilled cheese and green salad (it's sort of the Big Mac and Diet Coke mentality!)
Everything comes in a labels cardboard box. They didn't skimp on the salad and it was layered with fresh lettuce, a ton of goat cheese, crasins, nuts and more. The dressing was light and delicious. I didn't leave a single piece of that salad behind.
I had a bite of my guys BLT and the bread had the perfect crust. It held up to the 20 minute car ride home which was impressive. And the ingredients were fresh -- one of the best BLT bites I have had.
We are definitely big fans and we will be back again as soon as we can to try other great things on their menu.
I don't think either of us will ever try this challenge but it doesn't sound intriguing. I figure I could eat four of those before I would be full.