Paninis are named after the quiet whisper of panininini that steams into the ether whenever a hot grill releases its pressed, melty bounty. Today's Groupon fillingly feeds with robust hot and cold paninis, soups, and salads. For $10, you get $20 worth of savory bites, sustaining coffees, and more at Farley's East in Uptown Oakland. If you can't gather enough grub to exhaust the $20 value of your Groupon, the remaining balance can be transferred to a gift card for later use.
Growing from the seeds of coffee beans, Farley's started as a java shop that eventually transformed into a community feeding and watering hole. As a neighborhood citizen, the eatery stocks its shelves with magazines and decks its tall white walls with monthly rotating displays of local art from local artists. Farley's welcomes the morning crowd with a menu of stimulating percolators and hearty breakfast bites. A double shot of espresso ($2.50) or a 16-ounce cup of French-press joe awakens sleepy heads. Utensil-wielding hands are directed toward a basket of Farley's baked eggs with Yukon Gold potatoes and prosciutto ($7), or a cool bowl of house-made granola with yogurt ($4.50).
Later-day cravings usher in the breaded likes of paninis of the week alongside signature sandwich staples. Heat waves and mirages of heat waves emanate from a tri-cheese grilled cheese with swiss, mozzarella, and blue cheeses cradling spring onions ($6.50). The meatier roasted-pork panini comes topped with mozzarella and arugula ($7.50), while the vegetarian-friendly seasonal-fruit panini heated with goat cheese and honey ($5.50) reinvents the double-slicer.
Only valid at the Oakland location.
- Farley’s East will carry on the tradition of making its neighborhood a better place to live by providing a comfortable space with exceptional coffee and food where people can connect, create, contemplate and build community. – awoodall, Oakland Tribune Outtakes
- While most independent coffee shops seem to cater to a bookish, adult clientele, Farley’s is focused on creating a place “where everyone is comfortable and welcome.” Farley’s second café (their first opened in Potrero Hill in 1989) is in the up-and-coming Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, and the particularly family-friendly java stop has been appropriately dubbed Farley’s East. – Sarah K. Choi, Red Tricycle
- I heart this place for the same reason everyone else does. The fun, diverse, friendly staff. The terrific magazine selection and games upstairs. – Dinner Party Diva, Urbanspoon
33 Grand Ave.
Oakland, California 94612Get Directions