I've been hoping that with the increase in population out on the far West Side of Portland Metro that new and interesting food options would open up. Well Zeek's Cheese Grill isn't that new because they have a food cart at the Hillsdale Food Park at 6238 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland.
What is new is their micro-restaurant in Bethany Village. It was a little difficult to find since there wasn't an actual address on-line when I went looking for them. Their location along with Koi Fusion, Bowl & Berry, and Cackalack is in the middle of a complex of buildings housing shops and other services. I was successful and can say while their space is small with limited seating inside the large windows and open kitchen area make it feel bigger and there is seating outside.
This was my first time trying Zeek's Cheese Grill food. It looks like the micro restaurant has the same menu offering mac and cheese, soups, salads and of course grilled cheese sandwiches. I like that they have half size offerings which let me be able to try two different sandwiches. The first was the Supreme with Tillamook Cheddar, Provolone, Monterey Jack and Manchego cheese. The bread was fresh and not doughy or hard and there was a slight hint of saltiness on the outside while the cheese was nicely melted inside.
My second choice was the Ciao which I saved for later. Made with fresh mozzarella, basil, semi-dried tomatoes, balsamic reduction, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil and parmesan-crusted bread this bit of yumminess held up very well.
Even better was dipping it in the side of marinara sauce. A lot of times non-meat sandwiches end up a pile of vegetables that don't have much going for them. But the Ciao is definitely not an afterthought in the mostly meat based sandwich menu. Definitely pleasant and definitely one I would order again.
These new micro restaurants and other smaller dining places seem to be the new trend west of the Tualatin Mountains. It will be interesting to see if they take off since it's harder for food trucks to set up due to regulations. I know a lot of people are looking for interesting and creative prepared food in the area.
So here is the address for Zeek's Cheese Grill micro-restaurant:
4780 NW Bethany Blvd, Portland, Oregon
Which is just north of Washington County and the 26 Highway.
where they now have a map for the location.