La Paloma has been making Brunswick a better place one roll at a time since 2004 (Vito the hairdresser who works next door pointed out the year it opened). It is a local cafe that everyone wants to have in their hood - small, simple food, great coffee and people. Some might go there for the churros but I'm all about the panini. So are many other locals that flock to La Paloma for that sweet sweet roll mostly between the hours of 12 and 2.
Don't be fooled by Juan's caring face he is a killer panini maker. I watched his sleight of hand smother avocado and mayonnaise in all the nooks of the bread, season with salt on just the right layer and so rapidly pluck off the stem of lettuce before placing it on a bed of pastrami, cheese and tomato that I almost missed it. A juicy lucy roll in under a minute.
Tell Me: Juan what goes in your roll?
Juan: Avacado, cheese, tomato, pastrami, lettuce and mayo. That's it.
Tell Me: Where do you get your mayonnaise from?
Juan: It's homemade.
Tell Me: How many rolls do you sell?
Juan: About 65-70 between the hours of 12 and 2.
From the man himself.
This is Vito. He opened the hairdresser next door on the 6th September 1959. He cut my nonno Vincenzo's hair during that time and Vincenzo would drop round veggies from his garden. Vito still remembers that gramps rode his bike everywhere and wore a pink stack hat. Local gems.