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Short Order: Jubilee Cafe

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Short Order: Jubilee CafePhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott
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Jubilee Market and Cafe bills itself as a “Market With a Purpose.” And its purpose is to provide nutritious, affordable foods to the community surrounding its location at 1160 W. Broad St. in Franklinton.

While it’s not the size of a Kroger, its grocery shelves are filled with a good deal more than you might find at a convenience store or Walgreen’s. Jubilee’s produce is fresh, reasonably priced, and there’s about anything that might be on your grocery list. 

And up front there’s a cafe. It’s got a cute seating area, but it’s doing mostly carryout due to the pandemic. Consistent with Jubilee’s purpose, menu items are priced modestly. The offerings are nothing nouveau, but it’s good value for the investment. 

Case in point: Chicken Alfredo. It’s more like a hybrid between something-alfredo and chicken-and-noodles. The order is dense with chicken chunks, they’re mixed with the noodles merging with savory sauce. There’s just enough alfredo accents to make it a little more than chicken and noodles. Either way, it’s comforting sustenance for under $5.

Chili is a bargain: a small cup is $2. In most versions, the meat content is really what determines the value….there are exceptions to the rule, but it’s a decent starting point. That is why, at a fast-food joint, you don’t generally end up with much identifiable meat in the chili. It’s cheaper to bean-it-up. Jubilee Cafe’s offering is a packed, 50/50 ratio of bean to meat, finished off with tomato chunks and onion. 

For fancier fare, there’s a take-away case that Bleu & Fig stocks. While it was well-raided during our stop, it’s something to watch out for in future visits. 

At the end of the day, Jubilee offers earnest comfort food and good value. And that makes it particularly helpful in these days when comfort can be hard to find. 

For more information, visit facebook.com/JubileeMarketandCafe.

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