A Backstage Beer & Rock Garden.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-9 Poppers $10 Panino $10 Salads $6-11 Pasta $8-12 What we ordered: Our party started with a couple of orders of the Panino Poppers. The first one we tried was the Ham and Pickle. These are a tasty little creation of bread dough rolled up around cream cheese mixed with tiny pieces of pickle and ham, then baked until golden brown. These were good but there was so much cream cheese in each little popper that it was almost overwhelming, especially since the pieces of pickle and ham were so miniscule that they were they were barely noticeable. If there were only half the cream cheese and double the ham and pickle, these would be exceptional little snacks. They was served with Thousand Island and ranch dressings, I especially liked the Thousand Island with them.
We also tried the Pizza Poppers to start, made with cream cheese and marinara. I liked these better than the ham & pickle, especially when dipped in more marinara, but there was still more cream cheese than necessary. A mix of Italian cheese with the cream cheese would’ve been ideal.
One of my companions and I split the Chicken Artichoke Panino, made on whole wheat pizza dough. This half of a sandwich was plenty big for me, especially after eating a few poppers. We each had our choice of a side and I chose the seasoned kettle chips. The Panino was filled with small bites of white meat chicken, bacon, a few artichokes, and lettuce. The sandwich was good but a little boring for my taste. I asked for a side of marinara to go with it to give it a little more flavor. The Buffalo Chicken would be more up my alley, I will try that one next time.
Another companion ordered the Chicken Gyro Panino with a side salad. This panino was stuffed with lettuce, chunks of chicken, swiss cheese, onion, tomato, and cucumber dressing.
We also ordered a 14″ Cheese Pizza for the younger ones in our party. I did not try this pizza but the kids loved it! It had a lot of cheese, toasted golden brown and a thin crust.
Service: The service at Panino’s was very good. We were promptly greeted and only had to wait a few minutes for our party of 8 to be accommodated. The server was attentive to the needs of the children in our group and brought drinks and most anything else we asked for in a timely manner. Overall Impression: We had very good service at Panino’s and the food was also pretty good.
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