Edwinas Grilled Cheese
By YP Contributor

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce’s Grilled Cheese Haven

Grilled cheese, the ultimate comfort food? The after-school classic is making a ferocious comeback on foodie's plates, and is now widely available in brunch, gastropub and high-end versions. But for the best of the best, the one address to try is Edwina’s Grilled Cheese.

The small Notre-Dame-de-Grâce dinette is the brainchild of Edwina Reich, a former university mathematics and computer science instructor. “I have always had this slightly out-there fantasy of having my own restaurant; hospitality was the main motivation to make the switch. I am a very sociable person who loves to host, entertain and chat. Having a resto was my calling.”

The entrepreneur spent much of her career running a computer sales and service business before teaching math. “But at 55, I told myself, ‘It’s now or never,’ and I decided to go for the whole tamale. At first, I was thinking of opening a small dairy bar, but with our winters it seemed like a fool’s errand. Grilled cheese came flying in like the gospel: It’s the perfect comfort food, it’s delicious and available in every possible combination,” explains the woman who is responsible for giving Montreal Edwina’s Grilled Cheese in June, 2014.

I am a very sociable person who loves to host, entertain and chat. Having a resto was my calling. - Edwina Reich, owner
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Comforting Sandwiches, Soups, Chilis and More

A true comfort-food refuge, the restaurant offers grilled cheese sandwiches, soup and chili combos as delightful, invigorating meals. “Every day, our menu has the ‘After-School Special,’ the same grilled cheese sandwich that mothers make their kids every afternoon, in its classic white-bread-and-cheese incarnation, or it’s slightly ‘grown-up’ Russian-bread-and-aged-cheddar adaptation,” Edwina says. “Otherwise, customers may choose from a regular rotation of seven gourmet sandwiches, as well as a weekly special sandwich, or a homemade soup or chili.”

Many types of cheese are deployed, from mozzarella and bocconcini to goat’s cheese and aged cheddar.

The atmosphere also bears mention: Edwina’s Grilled Cheese is one of those places where one feels instantly at home. “I put the emphasis on warmth, conversation and chance meetings," says Edwina. "We even have live music Fridays!”

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Nothing Cheesy about Following Your Dreams

There’s no age limit on pursuing your dreams, and the poster child for this maxim has to be Edwina. “I’m really proud of having successfully reinvented my life at 55, to have started my own business without outside funding, not to mention any notable restaurant-management experience. You’re never too old to do what you want in life!” she proclaims.

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