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Best of three: Cheese toastie

Where can you get your fix of the delicious snack? Our testers have travelled far and wide to bring you melted cheddar to gorge on. So let's toast this trio

Published on August 12th 2008.


Best of three: Cheese toastie

Ah the cheese toastie. One of the finest staples of student life and often the only thing many people can make. Who hasn't rolled in from the pub and emptied the entire contents of the fridge into two thickly buttered slices of orange Warburtons, turned the toaster on its side and shoved the lot into one of the slots?

It's the ultimate midnight feast, but for those who wish to employ a less high risk strategy and need their comfort food by day, there are plenty of caffs, good and bad, doing them, should you get caught short. Here are some we found earlier

Where? The Hole in the Wall, School Lane, L1

How much? £2.50.

The toast: Fairly average white bread, the sort that sticks to the roof of your mouth.

The filling: Loads of extra-melting, white cheddar, with a big pile of fried, browned, sticky onions piled on top.

The rest: A pile of pretty basic but very fresh salad. Cheap and cheerful, it might not be what the doctor orders but it's damn fine comfort food. Available to take away but beware, it needs to be eaten pretty promptly.

The verdict: A melting moment.

6.5/10

Where? The Egg cafe, Newington Buildings, Newington, L1

How much? £3.70

The toast: Great slabs of white bread to sink your teeth into.

The filling: Well, not as such. This isn't a cheese toastie in the sandwich sense, as our picture shows. But it takes all sorts. This is bog-standard mild, white cheddar. What it lacks in flavour it makes up for in quantity, counter-balancing the thickness of the bread.

The rest: Olives, pasta, kidney beans, chick peas, lettuce, haricot beans. Lift up the big slabs of bread and you're likely to discover more salad and cous cous, in the same way you'd find a family of woodlice under a mossy log.

The verdict: Cheeses, this is good.

8/10

**WINNER**

Where? The Courtyard, Little Crosby. L23

How much? £5.45.

The toast: Malted brown bread.

The filling: Good quality, mature cheddar. Also with red onion or tomato.

The rest: A super salad of leaves, little whole cherry tomatoes, onion and shards of red pepper put together with loving care and a good balsamic dressing.

As if that wasn't enough, there is also a dollop of creamy, home-made coleslaw and a pile of tortilla chips.

The verdict: A king among toasties.

9.5/10

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AndyAugust 12th 2008.

Keep Schtum about The Courtyard in Crosby. It's a secret. Me, the wife and dog are frequent visitors.

Hooray HenriAugust 12th 2008.

Well done The Courtyard. And well done Liverpool Confidential for putting this little gem on the larger map. Visitors to the Gormley men could do no better than to make their way to Little Crosby and The Courtyard.

DigAugust 12th 2008.

You all do realise you are having a virtual conversation about cheese on toast? What next? looking at CAD toasties? Putting a webcam in the kitchen of The Courtyard to admire how the chef puts the cheese on toast under the grill?

DigAugust 12th 2008.

Computer Aided Design. I get Balfour Beattie to design my toasties.

alijAugust 12th 2008.

£5.45 for a cheese toastie! - it should be good - regardless of good quality balsamic dressing. Credit crunch aint hit ya yet then?

AnonymousAugust 12th 2008.

You should try Kanes on Stafford Street. Magnificent little cafe serves up fantastic cheese toasties.

Terry-ThomasAugust 12th 2008.

What's a CAD toastie? Is that something a man who ill-treats people of the opposite sex would eat?

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