The panini press is constantly being reinvented every time someone mistakes a waffle iron for a sandwich suitcase. Pack away a panini with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of sandwiches, soups, and salads at Paninis and Bikinis in Long Beach.
At its location just off the water in Long Beach, Paninis and Bikinis places breakfast and lunch between bread and grills it to perfection with a full menu of paninis, as well as salad, coffee, and dessert. Seek shade under the striped umbrellas and outdoor seating area to enjoy specialty paninis. The Speedo panini ($8.99) stuffs sliced prime rib, homemade horseradish sauce, and melted provolone cheese into a space that's just barely appropriate, and the Yellow Polka Dot Bikini panini ($8.25) combines grilled chicken, caramelized onions, mushrooms, mozzarella and horseradish dijon into an eye-pleasing package that will fuel arguments between fathers and their teenage daughters.
Breakfast options fuel surfing stints with buttermilk pancakes ($5.49) and create-your-own omelettes ($5.99). Wait out the requisite 30 minutes before swimming while drinking a hot coffee ($1.50+) or Locochini ($3.25+), which blends coffee, syrup, and ice.
Paninis and Bikinis
Chefs at Paninis and Bikinis press panini sandwiches in the kitchen, grilling ingredients such as oven roasted turkey, cranberry chutney, and brie cheese between slices of sourdough bread. In addition to the specialty sandwiches, they also toss crisp salads customized with sliced almonds, sundried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese and pour mugs of coffee or fresh-brewed tea.