The Cheese Wheel sticks to its roots with sandwiches, salads and ryders

Casey Carcaba purchased the Cheese Wheel and Sandwich Board three years ago. 


Originally located on San Marco Avenue, Carcaba and the Cheese Wheel have successfully joined the growing commercial area on West King Street. In a town of shrinking parking options, the location has a sizeable parking lot. 

Carcaba has added breakfast to the menu, new hot and cold sandwiches for lunch and a soon-to-be courtyard adjacent to his location. 

The Cheese Wheel is a laid-back, no-frills place with 57 seats in a surprisingly large space. Breakfast is served until 11:30 a.m. In keeping with the ryder specialty sandwiches, kid’s can have a peanut butter and jelly pita. Dogs are welcome in the outside porch area. Beer and wine are served and gluten-free bread choices from Europe will debut soon. You can also order from their app. 


How would you describe the restaurant’s atmosphere? 

Homey and as close as possible to the old restaurant. We are a mom-and-pop place, a hole-in-the-wall spot. A lot of the locals followed us to the new location. I’ve added tables out front and am working on a courtyard area with plants and ceiling fans. You can bring your dog. 

What is your food philosophy? 

Simple, home style with a local spin. For instance, we put a datil mustard sauce on our Cuban. We make our own pimento cheese. Everything is made daily, like the chicken, egg and tuna salads for sandwiches, salads and ryders. Meats are all sliced daily, and the majority of our vegetables are sourced from the Southeast. 

What types of cuisine do you specialize in? 

Our ryder, we use specially baked Arabic bread — the same kind that Greek restaurants use for kebabs and soulvaki. The bread has an air pocket in the middle. We cut them down the middle and stuff them with a selection of beef, turkey, tuna, egg, tuna, chicken salad, ham, Italian salami, cheeses and vegetables and finish them with our special sauce. 

What is your signature dish? 

The turkey and chicken-salad ryders. We sell far more of them than any other ryder or sandwich. You have a choice of American-Swiss cheese blend, Swiss, cheddar, provolone, jack, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and our special sauce. It is a good size, and it’s stuffed to the hilt. We make vegetarian ryders, too. 

What would you recommend for a first timer? 

For breakfast, try the scramble bowl: three scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, ham or sausage. Our fried cheddar cheese cubes are a good place to start for appetizers. For a salad, try the Caesar with grilled, blackened or fried chicken. Definitely try one of our ryders; there are 10 different ones to choose from. 


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Location: 223 W. King Street 

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 

Contact: 824-8286