Restaurant Roundup: Not your mom’s grilled cheese

Jan. 18, 2018

When a business named Cheese World sells grilled cheese sandwiches, they’re bound to outshine the version made at home with a prepackaged slice of American cheese. The retail cheese shop has resumed making grilled cheese and other sandwiches and soups for lunch after a break for the busy holiday season, said Michael Czmowski, who manages the business that he owns with his parents.

He doesn’t have a set menu but has a pot of warm soup ready at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and usually has a couple of other varieties in the refrigerator that he can heat up. The staff makes tomato basil, chicken and wild rice, and broccoli cheese from scratch, and is revamping recipes for beer cheese, loaded baked potato and Tuscan tortellini. There isn’t a lot of seating in the store at 2210 W. 69th St., so customers should be prepared to take their food to go, Czmowski said.

Photo by Kelcey Schroder

Don’t expect a scoop of ice cream in this beer, but be prepared for something completely different. Ben’s Brewing Co. of Yankton and Remedy Brewing Co. at the 8th & Railroad Center have collaborated on a “milkshake/New England-style IPA featuring heavy citrus notes.” The beer, dubbed Berry Stable Genuis is on tap at both locations. Next week, Ben’s makes its official debut distributing beer in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Empire on Tap festival and Monks House of Ale Repute.

If your favorite racing driver is Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Wario or Donkey Kong, this event is for you. Remedy Brewing Co. and SiouxperCon are hosting a series of retro gaming tournaments, starting with Mario Kart 64 on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and is limited to 24 people. The races will be displayed on Remedy’s projector wall. They’re expected to start about 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. The champion driver wins a $40 gift card. Second place earns a $20 gift card and third, a $10 gift card. Upcoming tournaments likely will be held on Tuesday nights.

A craft beer that goes on tap Wednesday, Jan. 24, at WoodGrain Brewing Co. celebrates the life of a nearby organic hop farmer who was killed in a traffic accident. Cade Stensland of Star Sister Organic Hops near Larchwood, Iowa, died Dec. 21, 2017, when his vehicle ran into the back of a stalled charter bus on I- 90 near Rapid City. WoodGrain has created Cade’s IPA using a special blend of hops from Star Sister and Tahoma hops from Hoppy Trails in Inwood, Iowa. A portion of the sales will go to Stensland’s wife and three children. The beer goes on tap at 3 p.m. at the brewery at Ninth and Phillips.

The Cookie Jar Eatery, a family-owned and operated bakery and restaurant since 2002, has started a rewards program. Get a $10 gift card for every $100 you spend. The Cookie Jar is in Shriver Square at 11th Street and Phillips Avenue. It serves breakfast and lunch, provides catering and offers birthday party packages and cookie decorating gatherings.

Before Christmas, restaurants often offer bonus gift cards with gift card purchases. Here’s an unusual, one-day-only offering. Spezia is offering 20 percent off gift card sales on Monday, Jan. 22.

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Restaurant Roundup: Not your mom’s grilled cheese

This week’s roundup has news from Cheese World, Remedy Brewing Co., Ben’s Brewing Co., WoodGrain Brewing Co., The Cookie Jar Eatery and Spezia.

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