BY LAURA GRUHLKE | The Statesman Toasty’s is the definition of a cute little restaurant to stop by and have some quality comfort food.
Walking into Toasty’s for the first time, I was immediately taken aback. First, by how small and cozy the restaurant actually was. Then, by the fact that I couldn’t figure out where the menu was. Typically in restaurants the menu hangs over or is next to the cashier, but I didn’t see it. I was very confused and when I got up to ask the worker where it was she was very sweet and handed me a folded paper menu.
Being a lover of grilled sandwiches, it was hard to chose which one I wanted to try. The employee behind the counter suggested I try the Tom Turkey.
While sitting and waiting for my sandwich, I really got a feel for the establishment. It was very laid-back and simple, which made it the perfect place to have a grilled cheese or other comfort food.
With only three people on staff and about ten customers in the restaurant, I figured it would take a while for my food to be ready. However, it ended up taking less than five minutes.
With the great service and friendly staff, Toasty’s feels like a very welcoming place to sit down and have a bite to eat.
The sandwiches all come with tortilla chips and, for an additional $1.50, you can add some pico de gallo on the side. Adding the fresh pico is definitely a must. It helps complete the whole meal.
My sandwich was almost all-around good. The only thing I would change is that it was a little dry for my liking. I am a fan of mayo or ranch on my sandwiches.
I would highly recommend if you are a grilled cheese or sandwich fan to head down to Toasty’s. If it is your first time going, just make sure that you look at the menu online before you go so you have an idea what you want and aren’t super confused like me. Then make sure that you add on the pico with your chips. You will not be disappointed with this restaurant.
Photo: Toasty's Grilled Cheese Shop is located at 1032 E. 9th St. Their menu items focus on using fresh, organic and local products as often as possible. BRAD EISCHENS/STATESMAN