A couple of Saturdays ago was the first time I’d ever gone to The Main Cheese. Truth be told, I rarely, if ever, heard much positive feedback about the restaurant, and, quite frankly, its far west location wasn’t on my beaten path.
But with a recent change in ownership, I figured it was a good time to try out the restaurant with my youngest daughter. Ryan Merritt-McGehee of The Clean Eatery is now in charge, and from what I was told, made several changes to the menu.
Being my first time around, I wanted to keep things simple, so we ordered the restaurant’s signature dish, The Main Cheese ($9), a six-cheese concoction of comfort food. Aged cheddar, Swiss, Muenster, Provolone, pepper Jack and Havarti cheese sat between two pieces of nicely grilled Wheatberry grain bread. It came with a kale fruit salad or fruit cup and we opted for the cup.
Now, I know what you’re thinking … it’s hard to screw up a grilled cheese sandwich. And that’s true, but props to the restaurant for not being stingy with the cheese. As you can see, it oozed. All and all, it was a really good grilled cheese sandwich.
We also ordered the Mojo Pork Tacos ($10). Three flour tortillas came stuffed with marinated pork tenderloin and topped with shredded cheese, pickled onions and a delicious avocado ranch dressing. From the looks of it, some WaterVeg lettuce also snuck its way into the taco. I enjoyed both the simplicity of the tacos and the portion size of the dish. The only slight negative was the fairly intense flavor of the thick slices of pickled onions that overpowered the other ingredients.
Did the food at The Main Cheese blow my mind? No. But it was quite tasty and definitely inspired a return visit to try out even more items. Prices were reasonable and service was outstanding. Kudos to our server Jessie for really helping make it a good lunch.
The Main Cheese
14524 Cantrell Road
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.