Friday, March 16, 2012
in quick bite, sandwiches, downtown core, casual, <$10
For the first meeting we held to discuss our new blog, we decided to grab a very quick bite around the area where we live. Joe's Panini came to mind right away, as our city's downtown is mostly filled with fast/junk food joints or eat-in restaurants. Lazy as we are, we still decided to take the car, which of course is a bad idea in this part of the city. After a few minutes of circling around, we were lucky enough to find a spot right in front of this 24-hour panini "stand".
tagged ditch the car
Friday night was game-night, as the Habs were playing Ottawa in the nation's capital. A wide-screen TV was playing the game, with full audio on. During the few minutes we were there, we got the feeling that this place is frequented by a number of regulars during or after their shift, as a taxi driver and a security guard were chit-chatting with the cashier, mostly about the game.
tagged chatterbox corner, watch the game, working-class hangout
The menu is nothing special. You'll find your everyday sandwiches of various Italian deli cuts, regular lunch items like tuna salad and egg salad, and a couple of out-of-place items like the gyro and the burger (I guess if you have a flat grill, why not?). The BBQ Rib on the menu seems intriguing, so we might give it a try next time we're in the area and up for a quick bite.
Spicy Grilled Chicken
The sandwich will not blow your mind, but it is a hit for a sandwich on the go. Standard issue lemon-garlic marinated chicken, Frank's hot sauce mixed with some mayo for the spicy sauce, a couple of slices of cheese, and a bit of veggies in a slice of tomato and some lettuce. The chicken was still moist after grilling, but the lettuce became somewhat limp after the panini press session.
Philly Cheese Steak
A very simple sandwich. Thinly sliced steak cooked on the flat grill, slices of what I assume is provolone cheese, and a few strips of red pepper. Kind of lacking in flavour, but it wasn't a disaster.
While the cashier was talkative and friendly in his own way, we thought the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich took a little too long to make. We easily waited between 5 and 10 minutes between our two orders.
tagged not so quick after all
You won't be swept away by the sandwiches at Joe's Panini, but it is still a standout in our downtown core, especially if you want a quick bite on-the-go (they wrap the sandwiches well enough not to spill anything on your business attire).
tagged plan b.
Price per person: $7