Guillermo’s Ham Panini Crunch

The dish…on just one dish!

I absolutely love Guillermo’s fresh-brewed coffee. There, I said it…let’s just get that out of the way. The place has won many “best of” awards and is widely considered to be brewing one of the top cups of java in Little Rock.

But did you know they serve both breakfast and lunch items? It’s not a huge selection, but one that piqued my interest nonetheless. As luck would have it, I happened to be right by Guillermo’s during today’s lunchtime hour. Hello ham panini crunch!

I’ve had my fair share of coffeehouse sandwiches and typically have found them to be small, bland and just plain boring. Actually, the term “panini” is Italian for “small, boring, slightly grilled sandwich.” Look it up. It’s true.

Would Guillermo’s ham panini crunch ($6.95) be any different? Yes and no. It was fairly small, but certainly not bland or boring. The description: two pieces of grilled cranberry bread are filled with ham and Swiss cheese, along with some cranberry preserve and chopped pecans.

The gooey, melted cheese was perfect with the sweetly tart cranberries and salty ham. The panini came with a bag of chips, and in my case, an “Italian Stallion” coffee add-on to help polish things off. The entire lunch (with coffee) was just under $10. Best part…it was a satisfying meal that didn’t weigh me down for the rest of the day.

  1. #1 by Melissa on December 19, 2012 - 11:58 am

    I went to Guillermo’s when it first opened and I didn’t think it would last very long. The owner was a complete jerk to my husband and I during our first visit because we ordered our coffee “Starbucks style.” We always give eateries a second chance and he blew it again during that visit.

    However, I might need to let bygones be bygones and try that panini. Looks mighty tasty.

    • #2 by The Mighty Rib on December 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm

      Thank you for your response Melissa. And believe me, I certainly know how a bad experience with a staff can lead to ill feelings no matter how good the product may or may not be.

      I can only speak for myself…I’ve been to Guillermo’s at least 5 times and have never been treated poorly. In fact, during my last visit, I sat at the bar and spoke for 20 minutes with Hans (the owner). He seemed very nice and quite genuine.

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