Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Toasted is located in a strip mall (between Tijuana Flats and Outback) on the corner of Aloma and Lakemont in Winter Park. From the “About Us” section of their website “Toasted restaurant specializes in crafted grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and natural cut fries, served in an effortless, fast casual dining environment. We also offer a full Vegetarian and Vegan menu, packed with specialty Vegan grilled cheese and burgers featuring our house made Vegan cheese.”
With the excitement of a new restaurant dedicated to Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Specialty Burgers I was truly hoping that I would enjoy Toasted. As I walked in my first time I realized how small the space is, but was delighted to see how cleverly they had it set up
On my first visit I was delighted to see how many mouth-watering items they had on their Vegan Menu. Now if they tasted just half as good as they sounded then this place would get a thumbs up from me. I ordered The Bella (Vegan Burger, Vegan Cheese, Confit Portobellos, Caramelized Onions, locally sourced Artisan Bun $6.50) and a side of Natural Cut Fries (Truffle Oil and fresh Rosemary $2.50).
The Burger was fantastic. The Patty was really tasty, the In-House Made Vegan Cheese was thick and creamy (made with Coconut Milk) and the Bun was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It combined beautifully with the toppings and made for a hearty Burger!
The Fries were so good, the Truffle Oil and Rosemary gave them an interesting twist, and I knew that I would be ordering them again and again. Well worth the $2.50!
My second visit I had the Holy Basil Burger (Mozzarella, Spiced Tomato Chutney, Pesto, Arugula $7) only I swapped out the Beef for another one of those amazing Vegan Patties and a side of Toasted’s Mac & Cheese (Jarlsberg, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere $2.5).
This Burger was also very good and the huge quantity of Mozzarella really took it over the top.
The Mac & Cheese was also good, it seems like they scoop it onto the flattop and grill it, which gives it a really crunchy crust! (However I still prefer the Truffle Oil/Rosemary Fries for my side item – they are really that good!!!)
Third visit – Forever Fall from the Vegan Menu (Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Apple Chutney, on Levain Bread $6).
This was the first time that I actually ordered a Grilled Cheese Sandwich here. I liked the sweetness of the Sweet Potato and the Apple Chutney.
And on my fourth visit I ordered the Fig & Goat (Havarti, Goat Cheese, Fig Preserves, Basil, Honey $6.25) and some Fries of course!This sandwich was by far the sweetest that I have had here, but what a wonderful combination of flavors it was!
As you can see I am a fan. Toasted provides delicious comfort food to the masses, but I am highly impressed that they do that for the Vegan community as well. (Not always an easy task) I will continue to support this place and I expect that they will be around for awhile!
Posted by d at 5:40 PM