Budget Beat

Tammie Coe Cakes: Lunch $10 & Under

With so much pie excitement on Roosevelt Row this weekend, we had to check out the nearby options for more substantial sustenance. We landed at Tammie Coe Cakes for lunch, where every entrée is $6.75, leaving enough change leftover to also snag a cupcake without breaking $10.

Sandwiches range from a classic Rueben and Old School Tuna to a Monaco roasted chicken focaccia and a BLT+A+P (avocado and prosciutto). Salads are also available, tossed in house or boxed to go. Make sure to check out the specials board for the soup and sandwich of the day, as well as the refrigerator case for mini grab-and-go numbers.

We grabbed the Goat Cheese Veggie on flat bread, and were pleasantly shocked to find a giant, flattened ciabatta. While unexpected, it was (in true MJ Bread style) damn tasty: Flaky outside, chewy inside and baked-that-morning fresh. Note to self: Next time, don't wear black when ordering this: Flour wound up everywhere.

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Inside was bursting with flavor: Goat cheese, artichoke hearts, sprouts, pesto, cucumbers, tomato, and a spicy Italian dressing (or perhaps just the artichoke heart seasoning). Unfortunately, the artichoke hearts have that straight-from-the-jar feel and anemic look. We'll wait until they're back in season to order this one again.

We got to the second half and couldn't take it anymore: Bye-bye oily artichokes. Then, the rest of the veggies had at least half a chance of being noticed!

We're also bummed we didn't get any of the homemade chips promised with every sandwich: We can't decide if it's because we got our order to-go or if it's because the sandwich is already the size of our face and the kind people of Tammie Coe Cakes are trying to prevent all the world's carbs from heading straight to our hips.

Redemption comes in the form of a coconut cupcake with cream cheese frosting covered in more coconut, because, really, you can't go to Tammie Coe Cakes without walking away with SOME form of dessert. It's kind of like going against nature.

We are, on the other hand, still kicking ourselves for leaving without so much as a loaf, a pretzel, or even an English muffin from MJ. Guess we'll be back (and soon).

Tammie Coe Cakes & MJ Bread
610 E. Roosevelt St., No. 145

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Hannah E Williams