Charleston Edition: Sam's Uptown Cafe

By Candace Nelson - 9:00 AM

Sam's Uptown CafeIn more great adventures of lunchtime discovery, I found Sam's Uptown Cafe. A few of my coworkers had mentioned this place, and it is only a couple blocks away from the newspaper office on Capitol Street.

Sam's is more of a bar, but they also have some pretty decent lunch specials. They serve food from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Their menu also says that they do lunchtime delivery for no extra cost within a five-block radius. I may have to look into that ...

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Sam's Uptown CafeI called in my order (304-346-6222) for a Samburger - a fresh ground beef patty with some sausage. It's cooked medium well, and I got all the fixins - lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup. And a .50 cent piece of cheddar cheese. It came with chips. By the time I got back to the office, it was starting to get a little soggy - from the millions of condiments I chose - but it was a soggy, tasty, burger.

The burger was flavorful and well-seasoned, especially for what I was expecting from a bar. It was GIGANTIC. Gigantic. I couldn't even finish it. And I made a pretty valiant effort, and I definitely felt it for the rest of the workday. But if you're looking for a pretty good, basic burger that's enough to feed a family, check it out.

Grade: B
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