I have long been drawn to Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe for the name alone. It can't beat Taco's Sandwiches (in name or in taste), but Mario's makes up for it with old-world coziness. I finally made it to Mario's for the famed focaccia sandwiches and panini, so get a taste and take a 'wich trip.
I've eaten a lot of sandwiches this year — no surprise there — and while I'll always get excited about my at-home creations and standout work sammies, I'd like to take this moment to recognize all of the other hard-working sandwich makers out there. As the year comes to a close, here are the top 10 sandwiches I've eaten out and about in 2010.
Sandwiches don't need to be iconic to be yummy. At Temptations in Wilmington, NC, my mom enjoyed this turkey panini, expertly pressed wth gouda cheese, spinach, artichoke, and aioli. Plus a side of fruit for a well-balanced lunch.
August is panini season, at least according to Sargento Cheese. I'll buy that, since I love me some panini. The Italian pressed sandwiches are pretty much ubiquitous at this point, as are panini makers. But you don't need a fancy machine to make them. I like to cook mine in the oven, pressing the sandwiches down with a heated cast-iron skillet. Works just as well.
Next week I think I'll celebrate by commandeering the panini press at my office. I am also partial to the appropriately named Panini in the Upper Haight, where they serve a delicious avocado and spinach panino with pepperjack cheese. You wouldn't think that warm avocado would be a good idea, but it's actually quite delicious. Got some good panini ideas? Share 'em below.