Updated: Dec 29, 2019
January 2017 – COMFORT FOOD NIRVANA IN NAPERVILLE There is something about gooey melted cheese between two pieces of Texas toast that can’t be resisted. Pull apart the cheesy deliciousness, dip the crispy toast in tomato soup, and you have the perfect pair! Another perfect pair is the owners of Naperville’s new grilled cheese shop Brian and Kelly Herkert. Both are natives to the area with Brian attending Naperville North and Kelly attending Naperville Central. So where did their grilled cheese madness start? It may have been while they were backpacking around the world for their eleven month honeymoon. Money was tight, while bread and cheese were affordable options, making grilled cheese inevitable. After having their daughter Everdine they decided to go on another adventure together and opened a grilled cheese shop this past November!
Located downtown Naperville this shop isn’t hard to find. Just look for the line of people out the door. Be patient and know that what you are about to experience is well worth the wait. So what one will you try? Our favorite was the Usual Suspect with crispy bacon, tomato, American, Swiss and Havarti cheese on golden crusty toast. When they say crispy they mean it! It was crispy when they brought it and still crispy after an hour of being ensconced in cheese.
Another favorite is the Mostly Maui Wowie with ham off the bone, grilled pineapple, Havarti and a little pow from the rim sauce. If lighter is what you are looking for try the ’81 Caprice Classic with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, arugula, and balsamic dressing on wheat. Of course you can always build your own with their large selection of cheeses, veggies and meats– then add a cup of the tangy tomato soup.
One customer, Mae Novak commented that everyone is “very friendly!” But they don’t just do grilled cheese and customer service well, they also excel at mac and cheese. Try the mac and cheese with a spoonful of tomato soup and you have gourmet spaghetti O’s. The Eddie Mack & Cheese takes mac and cheese and disguises it as grilled cheese.
Everdine’s is a must try. We were surrounded by satisfied customers and even two-year old Mila Serrato approved while she ate with a smile. The Herkerts have a love for their family, each other, community and (luckily for us) grilled cheese!
Everdine’s Grilled Cheese Co.
24 West Jefferson Ave., Naperville
Grilled Cheese Masters: Brian & Kelly Herkert ABOUT THE CRITICS Stephanie (right) & Tiffany (left) Schmoker are west suburban sisters who have always shared a love for dining out and they also enjoy cooking together. They came from a family of 7 and grew up on farm with fresh fruits, veggies and more. Watch for their review of a different west suburban restaurant in