Chinched is Newfoundland slang for being full and the tiny restaurant Chinched is good for that. It is in an old house that has a small number of counter seats and a couple tables for about 8 people in the window that faces the street. They do their own in-house chacuterie and make their own crackers and bread. The small menu at lunch is mostly sandwiches and snacks with lots of beer choices. At dinner they have a larger menu and also offer a happy hour menu. Later in the day they have additional seating upstairs. They also offer wine and a bar. There is seating on a small patio out back when weather permits. The super friendly staff were helpful in advising what and how much to order. We way over ordered, but we wanted to try a number of their things. Music plays in the background and there are a ton of pigs decorating the place. It felt casual and cozy.
We tried a couple of their sandwiches and they were all huge. The Mortadella Melt contained house Italian Mortadella and traditional bologna, pickles, greens and cheese sauce. It was made on a thickly sliced white bread and covered with a creamy cheesy bechamel like sauce. The pickles were made in house and great, as was the bread. It came with ancho chili chips and crispy pig ears which were covered with a sticky sauce. The chips were okay but the pig ears were really chewy and crisp and delightful. This was not a sandwich to eat by hand, it was definitely knife and fork material.
The Spicy Italian Hero sandwich came on a hoagie style bread and contained a trio of house meats, Five Brothers chili jack, pepperocini, Italian dressing, tomato and greens. It also came with the chips and pig ears. The meats were kielbasa, salami roto and bologna. It was really good. Everything blended well and this one you could pick up and eat.
The Mexican Chorizo Bacon 1/4 pounder was made with a house chorizo patty, house bacon, Five Brothers Smoked Cheddar, pico de gallo, mayo and cilantro. It was also huge and stacked high with tasty ingredients. It was nicely spicy. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite of the 3 really wonderful options, but the flavor filled chorizo burger would probably be it, if I did.