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 paninis, soups, and salads: for $10, you get $20 worth of savory bites, sustaining coffees, and more at Farley's on 65th in Emeryville. 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 walls with 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 ($3.50) 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), and the vegetarian-friendly seasonal-fruit panini heated with goat cheese and honey ($5.50) reinvents the double-slicer.
Only valid at the Emeryville location.
Though reviews are lacking for the new Emeryville location, Farley's other two locations were mentioned on Oakland Tribune Outtakes and the blog Red Tricycle. Eight Yelpers give Farley's on 65th an average of 4.5 stars:
- The smoked turkey and cheddar panini is the best panini I've ever had...EVER. Such a simple looking hot sandwich, but layers and layers of flavors with a perfect crunch to the bread. – Mike C., Yelp
- Yummy coffee super sweet staff and food that wont break your bank but will definitely satisfy your taste buds! – Dani J., Yelp
- Very good spot for a super great lunch! – nicole n., Yelp