Jolly Holiday Combo @ Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Price: $9.99

When: June 4, 2016, 12:55 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

The very first item on the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe menu – the top choice, the marquee – is the “Jolly Holiday Combo.”

The dish is straightforward enough: grilled cheese sandwich, served with tomato soup. I’m jazzed. If this is the namesake dish of the restaurant, and gets top billing, I suspect I’m in for something special.

We order, are handed a plastic tray of food, and head to our table.

First up: the soup. It’s solid. Not too creamy, somewhat tangy and sweet. There’s a good quantity of it. It’s filling. Brilliant.

Second: the sandwich. Not good at all. It’s mostly just bread, with a bit of marbled cheddar/mozzarella cheese shot through the middle. It’s really dry. The bread is toasted, but in a way that’s less “hot off the panini press” and more “day old bread, reheated.” It needs oomph. Moisture. Flavor. (A tomato?) Something!

The sandwich isn’t something you’d ever order on its own. It’s on the plate for one purpose, and one purpose only: dipping into the soup. That’s it. This is not a sandwich; it’s a surrogate spoon.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t recommend the Jolly Holiday Combo. What the soup giveth, the sandwich taketh away. I suggest getting the soup as a side, and ordering a better sandwich (such as the Roast Beef and Smoked Cheddar) to accompany it. Roll your own Combo; the default isn’t worth it.