Inside the endearing Nickel City Cheese shop on Elmwood Avenue that once somehow housed Tabree, you’ll find a cheese counter, a collection of artisanal foods and a small but punchy menu of prepared items for here or to go. Should you choose to eat in (read: out) like we did, place your order up front, take a long look around at the specialty items they offer and make your way down the hall and out back to the covered seating area filled with a group of community tables and beer garden lights.
Your food will be delivered to you. You’ll pay inside when you’re finished. Don’t forget to add a hunk of cheese or a cheese-filled chocolate to the bill.
As we perused the chalkboard menu, everything sounded good. They have half or whole options, perfect for trying multiple things. We ordered:
- Salad – Spinach, Roasted Oles Farm Beets, Toasted Almonds & Goat Cheese with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette-$5.50
- Whole Grilled Cheese – Peaches, Brie & Honey on Cuban Roll-$7.99 whole/$4.00 half
- Whole French Ham – Ham, Salted Butter & Cornichon on Toasted Roll-$8.99 whole/$4.50 half
- Half Pesto Mac n Cheese to go– $7.99 whole/$4.00 half
The salad was light featuring delicious sliced beets and two large (and I mean large) hunks of creamy, thick goat cheese. High quality cheese pays off every time. The toasted almonds were a great touch, adding a lot of flavor and complimenting the dynamic vinaigrette nicely. It wasn’t small but I could eat at least four of these lovely salads.
The satisfying sandwiches are a modest size. Everything in moderation – that’s how the French do. My hot grilled cheese came with brie oozing out the sides. The peaches paired perfectly with the cheese and the honey added a touch of sweetness. The roll was toasty on the outside and soft on the inside. Peaches and cheese is my favorite combination. Try it any way you can.
The French Ham sandwich was beautiful in it’s simplicity. I loved the crunch of the Cornichon (small pickles) and subtle flavor of the butter spread. Again, all very French.
The pesto mac n cheese was phenomenal. We got ours to go, and after giving it a good mix, every inch of big cavatappi noodles was covered in a thick pesto sauce. I couldn’t put my finger on what made it so, but the texture was very unique. Probably something you get when you use real, high quality cheese in your mac. It was almost as if you could eat the sauce alone, which I did once the pasta was gone. No, I’m not sorry. Had I been near a stove, it’s conceivable that I would have cooked up some more pasta and used that to scoop up the remainder of the sauce, but as it turned out my fork worked just fine.
On our way out we grabbed some cheese to go and a couple chocolates – Brie, bacon & dried fig with semisweet chocolate and Goat cheese & semisweet chocolate. They were rich, cheese filled, delicious and weird – in a good way.
On top of being the cutest darn place to shop for domestic and international cheeses and other fun things to entertain and cook with, Nickel City Cheese offers classes and events on their back patio into November. This is a great spot to grab a light, flavorful lunch. Word to the wise – do not leave without getting some of that pesto mac.
Nickel City Cheese Details
423 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY