Toasted Ham & Cheese on Sourdough @ Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Price: $9.99

When: September 30, 2017, 12:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

So we’re at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, staring at the menu board. There’s a half-dozen sandwiches on the list. Some are basics, some are classics, and some sound … exotic.

I’m not in the mood for exotic.

I go with the Toasted Ham & Cheese on Sourdough.

This should be, by all rights, a pretty straightforward sandwich. You have your sourdough bread. A bit of ham. Some cheese. You put some sauce (maybe mayo) on it. Apply heat for a few minutes. Cut it in half, put it on a plate, serve chips on the side, and bingo — you’re done.

Which is, pretty much, exactly what the Jolly Holiday people have done, here.

This is a fine sandwich. The ham is good quality. Deli ham, for sure, but there’s decent quantity of it, and the heat softened it up, brought out the flavor. The cheese is Swiss, nicely melted. The sauce is an “apple chutney” — more of an apple relish, really. And the bread is soft, mildly flavored, and doing its job in terms of holding the whole thing together.

The chips are great. House made. Sturdy, without being stale. Just the right amount of salt.

This is a solid, unpretentious sandwich. A good value. And guaranteed to hit the spot. (Although it does feel designed for dipping in soup. The Tomato Basil, perhaps?)