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The Construction Site

Posted by Libby Roach / Listed on December 19, 2011 / review policy

Grilled Cheese Construction SiteThe Construction Site (Grilled Cheese at Work) is a new cafeteria style restaurant located at Yonge and Eglinton. It's a bit tucked into the side of an office building, but if you manage to see the giant waving cheese banners blowing around outside, then you know you're in the right place.

My friend is a bit of cheese sandwich connoisseur, if that's possible (she's always upping the gourmet quotient...her grilled cheese sandwiches are stuffed with brie and strawberry jam on challah bread), so I thought who better to bring but a designated "expert".

Construction Site Grilled CheeseWe found the restaurant a bit empty, one of the perks of going at night. The Construction Site is a bright, well lit space, with a sparkling stainless steel cooking area and enclosed in a glass storefront, affording great views (and single seating) to watch the Yonge street hustle and bustle. Decorated with loads of (literally) cheesy pictures, the main seating area features several long wooden communal tables so be prepared to mix it up with some new pals.

Grilled Cheese Construction SiteAfter checking out the fresh ingredients, we turned to the menu to make our final selections. I'm a typical Canuck, always up for pork products, so I ordered the All Day Breakfast ($6.50, plus $1.50 for the bacon) which came with thinly sliced aged cheddar cheese sandwiched between slices of white French bread, bacon and a whole egg pressed into the carved out centre (see lead photo). It was a spectacle to watch our order-taker/cook make this sandwich. Let's just say that this place ain't no Subway... Jared would not approve.

The butter was liberally spread, the cheese piled on, and well, bacon, I love you, but you didn't help me much. It was a bit on the greasy side, and the egg was a tad over the top for my taste, but it was filling and satisfying. The bread was perfectly crispy, likely due to the very cool contraptions that fry your sandwiches before your eyes — no griddles here.

Grilled Cheese TorontoMy dining buddy ordered the weekly special, the Cha Cha Cha ($9.50), a somewhat healthier option, with jalapeno Havarti and feta cheeses, smashed avocado (resembling guacamole) and red onions served on ancient grain sourdough. After snagging a bite I was on the fence. Who's sandwich was tastier? Hers was creamier, and I liked the spicy kick from the red onions. The avocados gave some weight to the smooth texture and the bread was grainy, hearty and just the right thickness to contain the middle.

Construction Site TorontoEach sandwich comes with side chutney or ketchup and some in house made ruffle chips that are warmed under the heat lamp. Scented with rosemary, the lightly salted chips were a crunchy accompaniment, but just a little bland. I'm a more-is more type gal, give me the salt shaker and bottle of malt vinegar and then stand back!

After finishing our sandwiches, we debated on ordering the S'more dessert $7.50, but couldn't find the room. The prices are bit steep for sandwiches, but it is a nice change from the other submarine sandwich places.

The Construction Site Toronto

Discussion

16 Comments

Turgue / December 19, 2011 at 09:32 am
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I had lunch here a few weeks ago. It's a good sandwich, but nothing that you can't make at home yourself.
Khristopher / December 19, 2011 at 10:02 am
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Don't marshmallows go stale really quickly sitting in the open air like that?
Marco / December 19, 2011 at 10:25 am
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Worst prices I've seen.
Got a free coupon to try out any sandwich before they opened (they are right next to my work). It was a joke. $10 for 2 slices of white bread, a slice of cheese, and 1-2 mushrooms cut up, with a side of Ruffles chips and ketchup?

I give this place 6 months tops!
Ramona / December 19, 2011 at 01:17 pm
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The sandwiches sound incredibly tasty but I agree with Marco, the prices are way too high.
Michael / December 19, 2011 at 02:19 pm
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If you guys think this is too expensive, definitely don't go to Cheesewerks, the other new grilled cheese place in Toronto -- the sandwiches there are all at least two or three bucks more, and they don't even come with any sides.
RD / December 19, 2011 at 03:24 pm
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Just what we need - another lazy ass, gimmicky, fast food sh*thole serving dormatory style food, and passing it off as "gourmet" (or whatever half-assed marketing idea they conjured up) when you could make it better and cheaper at home.
Skipper / December 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm
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Went to Under Construction last week; it was an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich that is over-priced. I also went to Cheesewerks last week...it is more expensive (a bit under $9 for their original sandwich), but the quality and taste is worth the extra money.
Andrew / December 20, 2011 at 05:11 pm
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I haven't been here but I tried Cheeseworks (just opened) at there spot during the Xmas Market in Distillery and had a REALLY good sandwhich, great homemade ketchup too. BUT $7 for a grilled cheese is a lot, conidering everyone at home can easily make it.
nonono / December 22, 2011 at 04:14 am
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like.. yeah, you can make the sandwich at home, but by the time you buy a loaf of not-shit bread, any kind of cheese from shit to not-shit, butter, and spend the 15 minutes making a sandwich, it definitely adds up to $7+ of ingredients and labour. i love cooking and wholeheartedly support making your own food as much as is possible or you want to, but bitching about this kind of thing makes you sound cheap as hell
Zooey / December 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm
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Subpar writing: "Who's sandwich was tastier?" should be "whose". Come on...
Sarah / February 16, 2012 at 08:33 pm
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I don't get all the negative comments, I think this place is fantastic. A nice change from all the gourmet burger places at every corner. Extremely friendly customer service, all the sandwiches I've tried have been fantastic and I'm totally in love with those rosemary seasoned potato chips. I once had an amazing sandwich with combozola cheese and I still have happy dreams about that sandwich.
lula / February 21, 2012 at 01:22 pm
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Was looking forward to an extraordinary grilled cheese experience. Nothing I can't make at home and certainly not a bang for the buck.
Julie / August 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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I finally went in to see what all the fuss was about. I should have guessed something was amiss when all the males in my office wouldn't stop raving about sandwiches for months on end. It's basically a hooters. The sandwich was ok, but nothing spectacular. What was "spectacular" (I guess) was the server's ass in spandex which you got a good long look at while waiting for your sandwich in the press. This place offers nothing more than an overpriced sandwich for heterosexual females and everyone else would get better value buying a beer in a strip club.
Laura / August 28, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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I LOVE it. Maybe i paid 10 for a badas* grilled cheese breakfast sandwich with mixed greens, but i didn't have to get my fingers all buttery and I can tell you what, if you like a good grilled cheese, this is where it's at! They even role your buttery bread in cheese crumbs to make crispy cheese on the outside. YUM! And hooters and strip clubs? I dunno what that chick is talking about. Sounds like she shouldn't be eating grilled cheese if you know what i mean. Also to the ppl who say it's over priced. Yes it's more expensive than doing it yourself but i have to ask - can you count to 10? Do you know what cheese tastes like? Don't buy it if you don't see the value. What did you think was going to put in it, gold, TLC in a fast food restaurant? It says the ingredients right on the menu!
Laura replying to a comment from Marco / August 28, 2012 at 02:04 pm
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You got a free coupon and you took the time to complain about the price? How cheap can you be?
Tara / October 24, 2012 at 09:10 pm
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Finally went to the one at Sherway after walking by it a 100 ties...Big Mistake! Too pricey, cheese looked dried up and the girl behind the counter looked very bored. Felt like I was interupting her texting. will continue to just walk by again not worth the 9 bucks for a grilled cheese

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