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Fill Up in Springfield

The solid breakfast and lunch spot will soon serve dinner

Breakfast is served five days a week at Uptown Market, and brunch is available on weekends.
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The huevos rancheros are crispy flour tortillas smothered with pinto beans, a fresh spicy tomato-based sauce, a dollop of sour cream, scallions, two eggs and creamy avocado slices. Lighten the load with a side of fresh fruit.
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Uptown’s grilled salmon salad is simple and healthy: moist grilled fish atop colorful greens and veggies, with vinaigrette.
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The fried green tomato salad is a Southern delight: crispy soft green tomatoes paired with tangy balsamic and slices of fresh mozzarella over a bed of spring mix.
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The pancakes are fluffy, spongy and light, topped with a scoop of butter and served with maple syrup.
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The breakfast burrito is eggs, chorizo sausage, home fries, cheddar cheese and salsa stuffed in an oversized flour tortilla.
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1303 N. Main St., Ste. 112, Springfield

355-0751

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Caron Streibich covers dining out throughout Northeast Florida. If you have information about new restaurant openings, menu changes or other food-related news, contact her here. Streibich is also the host of our regular Folio Weekly Bite Club gatherings. Follow the Bite Club on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about it.

Love enjoying your breakfast or lunch while peering into an open kitchen, using free Wi-Fi and leaving with a full stomach due to generous portions made with fresh ingredients? Then look no further than Uptown Market.

Brought to you by the same owners as downtown hot spot Burrito Gallery, Uptown Market has created a name for itself in historic Springfield by serving breakfast and lunch daily and brunch on the weekends — in a clean, fresh, modern space. And the best news of all: Dinner service should be starting in May.

Peek into the open kitchen and watch as Chef Eddy Escriba whips up clever lunch specials that are posted to Facebook every morning. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and the specials change daily based on what’s fresh. One day you might find a bison burger with jalapeño havarti and bacon, while on another, you’ll see anything from Cajun catfish and sweet corn grits with Creole tomato sauce to Puerto Rican-style picadillo with ground beef, peppers, raisins, capers, potatoes and onions over rice.

The menu is solid without being overly complicated. For breakfast, there’s brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes, omelets, frittatas, eggs, crêpes and traditional breakfast specials like huevos rancheros, lox and bagel, and eggs Benedict. Insider tip: You can order a single fluffy buttermilk pancake if you desire. Best idea ever. (Well, that and those vitamin-C-packed $10 bottomless mimosas on the weekends.) With butter and a side of maple syrup, these light, spongy pancakes are the stuff breakfast dreams are made of.

That one pancake comes in handy when ordering the big-as-your-head breakfast burrito — eggs, chorizo sausage, home fries, cheddar cheese and salsa stuffed in an oversized flour tortilla — because I can hardly finish the burrito <> an entire stack of pancakes. My pick is the “ranch eggs” or huevos rancheros. This traditional Latin American dish features crispy flour tortillas smothered with pinto beans, a fresh spicy tomato-based sauce, a dollop of sour cream, scallions, two eggs (complete with runny yolks) and creamy avocado slices — it keeps me full for hours.

For lunch, the simple, healthy, grilled salmon salad is one of my go-to favorites. The fish is moist and perfectly cooked, served atop lettuce, olives, chickpeas, onions and tomatoes. I substitute Uptown’s lemon thyme vinaigrette (from the Greek salad) for the garlic vinaigrette, and I add artichoke hearts.

Uptown’s ambience is open and laid-back. It’s kid-friendly and group-friendly. There’s limited outdoor seating. Prices are reasonable, portions are generous — and I always leave full.

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