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A Sandwich a Day: California Pollo Panini, Cafe Borrone, Menlo Park, California
In this great nation of ours, you could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
During high school, when I visited Cafe Borrone in Northern California's Menlo Park about eight times a week, we called this the "Mother of Guacamole Sandwich." They call it the California Pollo Panini ($9.50). It's not on Borrone's standard menu but has appeared on the specials board a few times a week for at least a decade. Grilled chicken breast, tomato slices, and Dijon mustard are layered onto their soft house-baked focaccia, all topped with—well, buried in—guacamole. It may look like too much, but with lime juice and red onion and plenty of salt, it's so good it'd be easy to eat a bowl on its own. The sandwich is saved from squishiness by a few minutes in the panini press, giving the bread a good outside crunch. And though it's nearly ten bucks, it's an awfully sizable sandwich; I've often had it for both lunch and dinner.