Market Sandwich on Traditional Baguette @ Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

Price: $10.49

When: September 30, 2017, 12:15 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

We see that the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe has a particular item on their menu board: the “Market Sandwich on Traditional Baguette.”

It’s a little over ten bucks. The fine print says it’s got salami, spicy capicola, prosciutto, arugula, picked red onion, pepperoncini, and whole-grain mustard. I’m in the mood for the Toasted Ham & Cheese, but Elaine? Elaine keeps coming back to the Market Sandwich. She’s intrigued. So we order.

Presentation-wise, this is very similar to the Toasted Ham & Cheese. The sandwich comes in a plastic tray with a paper liner, and a small mountain of housemade chips on the side. The sandwich itself is a hand-sized baguette, pre-sliced, filled with ingredients and slathered with mustard.

But how does it taste?

Well, there’s a bit of good news, and a bit of bad.

The good news is that the ingredients are strong. The meats are all solid performers. The arugula is fresh. The mustard is nice. The red onion adds some pickled happiness. Wonderful.

The bad news is that the bread pretty much ruins the show. It’s thick. Doughy. The dang thing has clearly been refrigerated (!), which makes it toug to chew. In short: a buzzkill.

This is less a sandwich, and more a collection of ingredients on underwhelming bread. It never came together. The idea is good, and the dish’s heart is in the right place, but what the prosciutto giveth, the bread taketh away. Skip it.

Not recommended.