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Panini press - royal Oak/Berkley, MI

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Tried it out twice now, and I'm comfortable posting a review of this place.

SW corner of 12th and woodward in a stripmall. Its a small sandwich shop. They just celebrated their one year anniversary.

Their food is fantastic!! The sandwiches are six bucks a piece with minimal customization. They come in with a variety of bread choices, all pressed niced and warm. My favorite part of the place is that try their best to use almost all local ingredients. I'm a huge proponent of the locovore movement. Place is immacutely clean and has had great music on.

Anyway, on to the food! i've sampled a total of three items on their menu.

The Philly: Roast beef, grilled peppers/onions, provolone, and horseradish mayo. Pretty good, but not great. To me, the philly should be overflowing with meat with melted cheese dripping everywhere. Somethings are meant to be greasy and messy. I'm not sure if a hipster frou-frou philly totally works. I'll still take it over anything from subway/jimmy johns/and maybe even potbellys.

Tuscon: Grilled Chicken breast, onion/peppers/monterey jack, spicy mayo. This was one delicious sandwhich. My gf's pick of our lunch-date. Very well balanced, great flavors. Chicken breast was moist and flavorful.. and real chicken! Do Try.

Boston: Salami, Mortadella, Capocolla, provolone, lettuce, tomato, italian vinaigrette. I'll be honest, I already have a soft spot for italian meats, but goddamn this was really freakin good. The meats were of high quality. My favorite though? The vegetables. Sounds stupid, but the tomato.. was a really fresh sweet tomato. Same with the lettuce. Maybe its a figment of my imagination since i'm a locowhore, but anyone who thinks farmers markets produce are superior will know what I'm talking about.

All in all, definitely put in high-rotation for my lunch schedule. Def give it a try.

don

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480 W Aurora Rd, Northfield, OH 44067

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  1. Okay Don, I'll stop just driving past, and I'll start by pulling in to give this place a try. You had me on the Boston sandwich, even before the swear words. Thx :-)
    PS---Woodward is Boagman business travel territory, so I'm a bit wondering what's up, since he hasn't weighed-in on this place.

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    1. re: vtombrown

      I heard it was pretty expensive, so I avoided it. Don't have anything against it, though...it just hasn't really "called" to me, I guess. Sandwich places seem pretty dime-a-dozen to me, and paninis aren't exactly a fave of mine (remember the cheese aversion).

      I hope it's good!

      1. re: boagman

        A Panera "Signature Sandwich Boxed Lunch" (sandwich, chips, cookie, pickle) is listed at $8.99 online. The same thing at Panini Press (sans pickle) would be $8.24. A sandwich by itself is $5.99. Admittedly your other sandwich chains (Subway, Quiznos, Potbelly's, etc.) will sell you a sandwich for $4-5, but I would say Panini Press is better than those places, and it's different, and it's local. I think this is a business worth supporting. Anyway, it's part of our carryout rotation. I like the "Traverse City Times" myself.

        http://www.thepaninipress.com/

        1. re: boagman

          Boagman's favorite part of Swiss cheese is the holes.

      2. Well, this is run/owned by a neighbor of mine ....so let's support Berkley businesses! Glad they opened, more power to local chow!

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        1. re: berkleybabe

          Has anyone tried their gluten free breads? I'd love to have a panini again. In fact, maybe I'll be the guinea pig while Michigan produce is in season...

          1. re: kellycolorado

            Well, I recently tried their lettuce wrap, which was the silliest thing I could have done, at a place called Panini Press.
            The lady who runs the place is really nice. She keeps the place simple and within her comfort range. No creative stretching, menu-wise. That being said, they are taking their successful formula and openning a sister store in Ann Arbor. So, wish them luck!

          2. re: berkleybabe

            We thought they'd be a nice option for lunch on Dream Cruise day, but they'd closed for a private party...bummer.

            Maybe next year they can set up a cart outside with a couple of sandwich choices...they would have done some business.