Ever since I found about National Grilled Cheese month in March, I’ve been mulling over all the city’s grilled cheese offerings (at least the ones I know of!) and hemming and hawing over which one would be my first grilled cheese experience of this special month. I’ve had a few yummylicious homemade grilled cheese sandwiches at home (I made a grilled cheese, dill, and tomato on a crusty baguette a few days ago and a tuna cheddar melt on French white for lunch today!), but we’re talking grilled cheese outside my kitchen in TO. Introducing The Construction Site: Grilled Cheese at Work on Yonge & Eglinton!
The Construction Site at Yonge & Eglinton opened up late last year in 2011 and it is so, so cute. Not fa-la-la cotton candy cute, but clever and thematically cute! You can tell a lot of thought went into the particular look the grilled cheese spot was going for, especially in the details. First off, we have the decor and aesthetics. You won’t find anyone drilling or hammering away inside (thank goodness, could you imagine?!), but you will find construction-esque things like smooth wood pillars (donning the freshly sanded and primed look!) with nuts and bolts screwed in, yellow construction signs, and wooden frames showcasing pretty posters of cheese hanging on the walls. Oh, and the walls! Think of construction drafts and blueprints, but instead of floorplans and architectural drawings, we have outline drawings of sliced bread, swiss cheese, wedges of cheese, cheese graters, and slotted sandwich flipping spatulas on a pretty shade of pale cornflower blue wallpaper.
The scrapbooking, patterned paper lover in me hyperventilated. Can you tell I’m smitten?! I LOVED themed places! I love it when places brand their image based on, and according to, a specific theme and then run with it. It makes the atmosphere and overall look so much fun to work with and you get to be really creative when executing the details. My absolute favourite aesthetic detail about The Construction Site aside from the wallpaper is the food boxes. Forget the paper bag, styrofoam box and ho-hum take-out container – everyone gets their grilled cheese sandwich order in an adorable flat, square, cardboard flip-top box with a cute-as-a-button construction cheese sign sticker emblazoned in the corner! I was in conniptions over this!
Funny enough, I actually wanted to grow up to be a construction worker when I was in the 3rd grade. While many other friends wanted to be ballet dancers, models, makeup artists, and doctors, I wanted to build stuff, carry a toolbelt, and lay bricks. You guys know I don’t lay bricks (not real ones anyway – I lay Lego bricks with my boyfriend!), but I do construct things out of paper and have a scrapbook “toolbelt” at my disposable. That’s not too far off the mark then, right? I felt like I was on a construction site (minus the long, deafening clanging noises and hard hats), sitting on a workbench (or a crane on a sunny day) with my cardboard box on lunch break. Open up the box and there’s your lunch greeting you like an old, reliable friend. What a wonderful feeling.