Lunch Pick

WEEKLY LUNCH PICK: Working near Dows Lake/Little Italy? Stop by for Morning Owl’s panini

Tucked between a 12 grain Art-is-in bun, a thick slab of Owl-made porchetta as well as asparagus, bacon, mustard, rosemary, and parmigiano

By Anne DesBrisay

I have long been green with envy over the MO’s retro orange fridge. In fact, I looked into acquiring one for my kitchen after my very first Morning Owl visit, but decided I’d have to give up my espresso habit if I were ever to afford it. So I settled for a dull and ordinary fridge that does the job but gives me no pleasure. But I climb the stairs of this place for a great cup of coffee and a crusty scone often enough that I feel some kinship with that Big Chill machine and for now, that will have to do.

Last week I had a Morning Owl panini for the first time. Tucked between a 12 grain Art-is-in bun (purchased now at Farm Boy, as Aii no longer sells its bread wholesale) was a thick slab of Owl-made porchetta stuffed with asparagus, bacon, mustard, rosemary, and parmigiano.

The meat was roasted up moist and juicy, the asparagus still had some spine to it, and the flavour was bold and big. As for the rest —  lettuce, tomato, a smear of pesto mayo, a bit more dijon, all delivered by that great seedy bun — it was a sandwich to brighten a rainy day, enjoyed fully and thoroughly in a great little place with a very fine fridge.

Cost: paninis all cost $7

Open: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morning Owl Coffehouse, 583 Rochester St., 613-680-8336.

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