Just One Bite: Uptown Market’s Ham & Brie Panini
I recently met up with my compatriot food bloggers, Nancy and Cari, for a lunch date to celebrate our little foray into local newspaper fame. We decided to check out the new Uptown Market & Deli in Springfield. It’s located right next door to City Kidz Ice Cream & Café at 3rd and Main.
It was a very windy day, so we tried to sit inside at the lunch counter. Unfortunately, the counter was so high that even with big stools I couldn’t sit comfortably so we moved the production outside. It was comical to try to hang on to everything on the table.
Both of my companions ordered the Reuben and I had the Ham and Brie Panini.
Here’s one of the ladies’ Reubens:
The Reubens had quite a few large pieces of fat, but other than that they seemed to be pretty tasty.
Here’s the Ham & Brie Panini:
I have to give Uptown Market some points for originality. My Ham & Brie wasn’t your run-of-the-mill downtown café sandwich. The bread was really well made and it was pressed very nicely. The menu said there were apples on the sandwich, but I didn’t get much apple flavor. The onions were yummy and lent a nice sweetness to the sandwich.
The brie itself was gooey and delicious. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with brie or pork. I would have liked the ham to be just a touch warmer, though. The coleslaw wasn’t especially crispy, but that seems to be a citywide problem. I have yet to find coleslaw I like in Jacksonville, so I can’t hold that against Uptown Market. The fries are quite good – skinny and crispy with a nice tenderness inside. They are only available at an extra charge, though. At $7.95 per sandwich and considering the low quality of the slaw, I would have appreciated not having to pay extra for the fries.
This is a good place to drop in and have a quick bite. The menu is fresh and original and the service is speedy. I would like to try some of the other menu items before making a solid judgment, but they seem to be moving in the right direction. We talked it over and on first impression the three of us gave it a six-and-a-half out of ten. Uptown Market is an excellent alternative to fast food, though.
As we paid the checks, I ended the meal by chasing my receipt down Main Street.
I guess that’s a testament to what I’ll do for brie.
Uptown Market is located at 1303 North Main Street at the 3rd & Main building. You can give them a call at (904)355-0734 or follow them on Facebook.