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Tom and Chee – Lansing

April 1, 2015

  • 123 S. Washington Square
  • Lansing, MI 48933
  • (517) 253-7590
  • Website
  • Menu

I have spent a lot of time in Lansing recently.  Again, last Thursday, I got sent from Grand Rapids, but this time, I was flying solo.  I was actually meeting a co-worker over there but I was on my own for dinner.  After finishing up our task, I headed downtown to pick up something to eat.

Last time I was in Lansing, I complained loudly about downtown shutting down at 7:00.  I was close again this time.  It was 6:30 by the time I found a parking spot and a lot of the restaurants on Washington Square were starting to pack up shop for the night.  I had to walk a couple blocks, but I made a beeline for the sandwich shop that specializes in grilled cheese.

Tom and Chee should sound familiar to some of you.  They appeared on Shark Tank in Season 4 in May of 2013 and got an offer from two of the Sharks (Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran).  The business took off after that and is one of Shark Tank’s real success stories.

Right now, there is only one Michigan location and 30 overall.  I say “right now” because I noticed just tonight that there will soon be a Tom and Chee is Grandville near the Cabella’s.  Not sure on an opening date there, but the signage was up, so it can’t be that far off.  

The Lansing location is on the corner of Washing Square and West Allegan Street.  When I lived in Lansing, this corner location was a Great Harvest Bread Company.  Tom and Chee opened in December of 2013 just a few months after the Shark Tank episode aired becoming one of the first franchises after the company started expanding.

I walked in to the store about twenty minutes before closing time but there were still several people hanging out and even quite a few still waiting for sandwiches, so the grill was still hot and the crew still working, so I didn’t feel too bad about walking in so late.

The menu is pretty awesome and pretty overwhelming.  The main event is the extensive grilled cheese menu and the equally famous and incredibly appealing Grilled Cheese Donuts.  I was trying to scan the menu quickly so I could get back on the road and that was to my detriment.  I wasn’t able to take full advantage of what an awesome place Tom and Chee really is.

I ordered The Flying Pig off the “Fancy Grilled Cheese” side of the menu.  The sandwich is supposed to be roasted turkey, a pickle, bacon, and smoked Gouda on a hardy white bread.  They were out of turkey though and asked if they could substitute chicken.  I didn’t have a problem with that so I said yes and paid the bill of just over $7.

At this point, I sat down at a table to wait for my sandwich and realized I screwed up. I could have added potato chips to my sandwich!  Not as a side item, but actually ON the sandwich.  Damn…did I miss out.  Good thing I noticed the store opening in Grandville. 🙂

Anyway, that aside, it took a little under ten minutes for my sandwich to be grilled up on the flat top, bagged up, and handed to me.  I headed back to my car to make the drive back to Grand Rapids to finish my day of work.

Grilled cheese is easily eatable in the car and much better warm, so I  unwrapped the gooey, crispy sandwich as I was getting on to I-494.  The sandwich had that perfectly grilled, buttery crust on the bread.  It was filled with thick chunks of chicken that was topped with a melty, gooey Gouda cheese.  The bacon and pickles were kind of afterthoughts that snuck up on me because I was so in to the golden brown, buttery bread that marks a perfect grilled cheese.

There is sooooo much more on Tom and Chee’s menu that I want to try.  The Grilled Cheese Donuts sound pretty amazing and how good does potato chips on a sandwich sound?

Flying Pig w/Chicken subsitute

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Angela permalink
    May 7, 2016 9:31 pm

    This location is closed.

    • SW Michigan Dining permalink*
      May 11, 2016 8:06 pm

      Thanks! I was in Lansing last week, but didn’t pay attention when I drove by.

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