When: June 4, 2016, 12:55 PM
The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is a charming quick-service restaurant at the far end of Main Street, U.S.A. It sits right where Main Street touches Adventureland; if you see the Tiki Room, you’ve passed it. It offers soups, sandwiches, salads, and pastries.
It’s lunchtime on a spectacular, sunny Saturday in the parks. Let’s go for a sandwich.
The Jolly Holiday lists their current offerings on a big, changeable board behind the pastry case. The sandwiches switch out fairly often. Today they were offering the “Roast Beef & Smoked Cheddar on Hoagie Roll” … and it spoke to me.
We ordered, paid, and then stood to the side to collect our food.
The sandwich was bigger and heartier than I expected. It’s got serious “ingredient strata” – the roast beef and cheddar, of course, but also tomato, pickled onion, lettuce, and a generous slather of whole-grain mustard sauce. I had one of those “how the heck do I fit this in my mouth?” moments.
This is a super, super tasty sandwich. The ingredients are very satisfying, and I had a happy-making smile after each bite. The balance of the meat and cheese, pickled onion, and fresh veg is really well done. I was also pleasantly surprised by the mustard sauce; it added a nice kick.
My only critique is the bread. It’s good but not great. This hoagie isn’t nearly as soft or delicious as the one used in the Roasted Turkey Sandwich at Carnation Cafe.
Finally: the chips. Also excellent. They’re sturdy, salty, crispy and addictive. A solid complement to the sandwich.
UPDATE: As of September 2017, this dish is no longer available.