Because I drink neither coffee nor tea, I rarely find myself in cafes. But yesterday, on our way to grab a sandwich at Palermo deli, my wife called an audible and we were suddenly sitting down inside the very pleasant and sun-drenched Cafe Devine (off Wash. Square park). It's a beautiful space with sky-high ceilings, equally large windows and an old tile-mosaic floor.
What drew us in was me catching a glimpse of a Ham & Gruyere Panini. It sounded good to both of us, so we had no problem ordering one for each of us (in hindsight, we might have split one and been fine).
The panini was great. It was better than I anticipated. The ham and gruyere were accompanied by thin slices of apple, a fig preserve and coarse grainy mustard. The bread was griddled to a toasty crust and soft chewey inside. Delicious. It was served with a tasty side of slaw made of jicama, stips of red bellpeppers (and something else??) and topped with an olive.
Throw in a cold glass of Limonata and the Sunday paper, and you have the perfect Sunday afternoon. I look forward to going back.