Panini Bus

Panini Bus serves up a veggie wrap containing Hatch green chile, organic greens, tomatoes, Muenster cheese with a mango jalapeno spread alongside the chile con queso fries.

If it weren’t for the tantalizing smell of toasted bread wafting from the little yellow school bus parked outside Deadbeach Brewery, you might’ve mistaken its presence for a peculiar field trip. Last year, the owners gutted out a short school bus to convert it into a gourmet panini academy that can be found throughout El Paso at businesses and events.

Six sandwich creations are on the menu to be toasted as a panini on ciabatta bread or a wrap on an herbed flour tortilla. These aren’t your typical grilled, flattened sandwiches; their paninis are lightly pressed, yielding a more filling and substantial meal. A slightly crisp exterior with a soft interior – loaded with meat or fresh veggies and generously sealed with cheese – make these paninis the perfect mélange of flavors and textures. Everyone loves El Chuco for its combination of shredded chicken, roasted Hatch green chile, tomatoes, Muenster cheese and a spicy mango spread that ties it all together with a zippy sweetness. Meat lovers will enjoy a classic BLT with Applewood-smoked bacon or The Billy Club, which layers ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, greens and tomatoes.

Be sure to add a side of their seasoned fries, which are hand-cut and fried upon order. Fries can also be smothered in a homemade chile con queso and shredded buffalo chicken. For a street snack, order the battered and fried chicken tenders tossed in their signature buffalo sauce and skewered on a stick. Three come to an order. A sweet panini pays homage to Elvis when peanut butter, jam and bananas get pressed for a gooey treat.

Visit their Facebook page to find their next location, occasional soup features and new items, such as their shredded buffalo chicken panini.


Location varies, 915-626-7550, facebook.com/paninibusVegetarian Friendly, $7 and up.

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