The Grilled Cheese Shoppe, an eatery that has just opened within the past month at 113 Quimby Street, is a remarkable, hip, and cheesy place. From the gooey cheese in the sandwich to the cheese related puns on the interior signage, one being a rewritten verse of “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, this environment and food can be eaten up by people of all ages.
The options on the menu are incredible; when people think of grilled cheese they think of a very traditional sandwich, but owner, Nick Louros, put his own twist on his menu. On his website Louros states in his About Us tab that there is no exact google definition of a grilled cheese, so with that in mind he took the idea and ran with it to create 13 different sandwiches.
Some of the fan favorites are the signature sandwiches such as the Fried Chicken and Waffles, the Truffle Melt, and he even amazes with the Classic. The sandwiches are crunchy and gooey, but not too greasy which makes them even more delicious. Louros focuses on sustainable ingredients for his menu by using locally produced artisan breads and cheeses for the sandwiches, and if you make it in for brunch on Saturdays or Sundays you will be able to treat yourself to organically grown eggs.
On days when you do not feel like eating a traditional meal, you should check out the Cheesy Sweets portion of the menu. The Cheesy Sweets are all waffles with varying amounts of toppings from s’mores, peanut butter and banana and bacon, or Nutella and banana. And if you really have a sweet tooth you should try out one of the seven handspun milkshakes that are available. All in all, Louros delivered his unimaginable vision into a storefront near you, and now he hopes he can deliver those creations from his kitchen to your plate.
Picture: The Grilled Cheese Shoppe recently celebrated their ribbon cutting at 113 Quimby Street. Pictured (left to right): Pat Cicala, Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC) Board of Director; Jeff Christakos, Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) Economic Development Committee Chair; Andy Skibitsky, Westfield Mayor, Nick and Brittany Louros, Grilled Cheese Shoppe Owners; Gene Jannotti, GWACC Executive Director; Darielle Walsh, GWACC Board of Director; and Father Christos Pappas. Not Pictured: Sherry Cronin, DWC Executive Director.
By Jackson DuMont, DWC Summer Intern