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Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop

November 22, 2011

  • 1133 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • (616) 451-4780
  • Website
  • Menu

Today was an odd day at work.  I was stuck at a desk all day.  That’s not how my days typically go.  On the plus side, I actually got a true lunch break.  No eating out of a vending machine or a $.99 heart attack while trying to drive.

Since I could go pretty much anywhere I wanted to, I headed down Wealthy Street to a place that a co-worker recommended to me a couple weeks ago.

Uncle Cheetahs’ Soup Shop is owned by the same people who own the Electric Cheetah.  J and I ate there early this year and loved it.  I had heard of the sister restaurant down the street, but I’m not much of a soup eater.  My co-worker really hyped the place up so I decided to give it a try.

The Soup Shop is on Wealthy just west of Fuller Avenue.  I really love the Wealthy Street corridor and Uncle Cheetah’s fits in with the ecclecticness of the area.  The building is tiny.  There are two rows of tables that are really packed in to the small dining room.  The order window is in front of you when you walk in.  At first, I didn’t even see the menu as it is actually above the kitchen area which is to the right.  It’s kind of an open concept kitchen.  There are trays of soup up front and panini presses to the back. 

Before I even really knew what the soups for the day were, the clerk was asking what I’d like to sample.  I was really hoping for some chili, but there was none on the menu.  There was something close though.  I asked for a sample of the Goulash which was then given to me in a small plastic cup.  It was delicious, so I asked for a cup of the Goulash and half of the Smoke Signal grilled cheese.

The bill was just under ten bucks for the soup and sandwich. I paid the bill and gave the lady my name.  She pressed the sandwich while she was getting the soup around.  She bagged the whole thing up in under five minutes and I was heading back to work to eat.

I was really excited about the Goulash so as soon as I got back to work, I flipped the top and grabbed the plastic soup spoon out of the bag.  The Goulash was very heavy on ground beef which made me very happy.  There were egg noodles mixed in with the veggies which was in a pretty thin, but very flavorful broth.  I’m pretty sure there were onions in the soup and I didn’t even notice.  The Goulash was perfect and very warming on this cold and dreary day.

While soup may be the name sake at Uncle Cheetah’s, the grilled cheese sandwiches are nothing to scoff at.  There was no way I was going to walk out without at least half of one.  I went with the Smoke Signal.  It consists of charred Jalapenos, smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, and charred pineapple BBQ sauce.  The sandwich is “grilled” in a panini press so it ends up with those good crispy ridges.  As expected, this sandwich blew me away.  The smokiness of the bacon and the heat from the Jalapenos was an incredible mix of sensations with the sharp cheddar cheese.  By the time I got to the sandwich, I had quite a few co-workers hanging around my table wondering where this delicious smelling food had come from.

Uncle Cheetah’s blew me away.  I mentioned earlier that I’m not really someone who eats soup, but Uncle Cheetah’s could change that.  J and I loved the Electric Cheetah so I had high expectations for Uncle Cheetah’s.  No surprise.  They met and exceeded those expectations.


Smoke Signal Grilled Cheese

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