First Chew: The over-the-top grilled cheese restaurant is taking Saskatoon by storm

For many, a grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect convenience meal. However, Rolled grilled cheeseThe new brick and mortar store in 5555 Washington takes it to another level. In just over a year, this grilled cheese specialty has grown from a food truck with a huge Instagram connection to a two-truck operation and is now opening its first real restaurant on the spot where Coco’s Crepes once lived

The lively interior of Twisted Grilled Cheese. Courtesy photo.

The food trucks were already serving a diverse selection, including riffs on grilled cheese like Buffalo chicken and Halal Philly Cheese Steak. In the new restaurant, however, Twisted has added new sandwiches, side dishes and desserts to the menu, and alcoholic drinks will be available soon. Saskatoon Food Finder was invited to try a few things. Twisted’s stationary location will be introduced to loyal fans and newcomers.

The Tarragon Lobster Grilled Cheese at Twisted Grilled Cheese. Photo by Ryan Baker.

The Washington Avenue location has a whopping 13 variations of grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu $ 8.99 to $ 15.99. We tried two of them. The first was The tarragon lobster ($ 15.99). While the sandwich sounds like it could be a gimmick, its mix of tarragon-accented lobster salad, Old Bay mayo, cucumber, gruyere, and provolone was a well-flavored and balanced bite. The second grilled cheese sandwich we tried was one of the new vegetarian options. The spinach artichoke ($ 10.99). It offers baby spinach, artichokes, mushrooms and mozzarella, provolone and gruyere and is so hearty that even avid meat eaters will enjoy it. Both sandwiches were well executed and featured an eye-catching cheese train and bread grilled into what was to become the standard for grilled cheese. One notable detail: both sandwiches filled meals even before adding sides.

One of the new vegetarian options, the spinach artichoke, at Twisted Grilled Cheese.

Speaking of pages, there are numerous options, including experienced ones French fries with different coverings, Truffle Onion Rings and Mac & Cheese Balls and that classic grilled cheese pairing, Tomato and basil soup. We tried that out during our visit Parmesan waffle friesthat were golden brown, crispy and topped with a herb-flavored grated parmesan and tomato and basil soup. Twisted wasn’t trying to fix something that wasn’t broken. The soup was exactly what you would expect and good enough to drink on your own.

To end your meal when you have space, there are several dessert options including double chocolate chips Cookies, Cheesecake donut holes and sweet sandwiches like The Nutella Dessert Sandwich. For beverage options, guests can choose from a house Limeade, Twisted tea and a couple of different shakes, like that Peanut Butter Cup Shake. At some point there will also be some juicy shakes.

The peanut butter cup shake with twisted grilled cheese. Photo by Ryan Baker.

For a newly opened restaurant, Twisted’s service was organized and friendly. The space is lively and full of energy with a bright, colorful, horseshoe shaped bar as the centerpiece. Eclectic murals hang on several walls, including one of a memorable skateboarder with a grilled cheese sandwich for his head.

The stationary location is open daily and from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and then from Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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