Monday, July 1, 2013

The Office@Uptown Cafe

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM

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It was John Branston who suggested we check out the Office@Uptown Cafe, and since Branston knows best, we did.

Part of the business offers "office" resources — a meeting space, access to computers, scanners, copiers, etc. The cafe kitchen is in the back, with seating among those using the office services, with some tables outside. The setup is a little awkward, but nothing that should dissuade those looking for a fine lunch.

The menu is compact, offering 10 or so sandwiches or paninis, four salads, and a soup of the day. (Soup/salad or soup/sandwich combos available.) The emphasis here is on ingredients and execution.

Many of the sandwiches are named after the neighborhood, such as the Uptown Classic ($6.25), a panini with turkey breast, smoked cheddar cheese, fresh spinach, tomatoes, with chipotle mayo. It was declared to be exactly how a turkey sandwich should be.

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The Bearwater roast beef ($6.95) was much loved. What specifically?, I inquired. The bread, the meat, the cheese went the answer. That pretty much covers that. Paired with the sandwich was a cup of chicken tortilla soup ($2.95).

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I ordered the Smokey City Melt ($5.25), a grilled cheese with smoked cheddar and choice of bread. It was very good, and I liked large slice of tomato tucked within the slice of cheese. I saved half for later, not always optimal for this sort of sandwich, but this one held up fine.

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Other sandwiches include the North Memphis BLTA (the "a" is for avocado), the Bluff City Class club, pimento cheese, chicken and tuna salad. They also offer a veggie wrap and a veggie pizza.

The Office@Uptown Cafe is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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