Gooeyz is a new place featuring grilled cheese in the South Campus Gateway. Although it has the appearance of a corporate chain, for now it is the sole Gooeyz location.
Gooeyz shares a whimsical design and a comfort food focus that has been successful for a number of fast-casual operations that have opened locally in the last few years (Noodles & Co. comes immediately to mind). Diners order at the counter, and follow a river of cheese painted on the floor to pick up their orders. Prices are fair and average about $10.
Since Gooeyz is a restaurant focusing on grilled cheese sandwiches, it isn't vegan-friendly. It is, however, right up the alley of lacto vegetarians.
Sandwiches include the plain grilled cheese and a veggie grilled cheese stuffed with eggplant, zucchini, peppers, artichoke and mushrooms in melted pepper jack cheese with a tomato pesto dressing. Sandwiches come with a variety of breads, including Texas toast, wheat and 9-grain. Vegetarian appetizers include fried cheese balls, French fries and mac and cheese.
The veggie grilled cheese was very good. The sandwich is stuffed to capacity, and the flavors blend harmoniously together.
The mac and cheese was also excellent. It was creamy and redolent of black pepper. The staff told me they were working on the recipe, so the dish may change slightly in the coming days. In my opinion, it was a great side.
There are also limited breakfast options available in the morning. Choices include French toast and hash browns with (or without) cheese.
Gooeyz has a full bar with a limited selection of draft beers. It features discounts on food and drinks during happy hour.