Why We’re Obsessed with Joe’s Panini Grill

Food & Drink


Written by Emily Morrow

Published on December 24, 2015

A long time ago a little birdie told us we HAD to check out Joe’s Panini Grill on Delaware Ave in Kenmore. The actual building has been on the corner of Delaware and Washington for quite a few years the nice girl at the counter tells us, and it’s been Joe’s since 2014. We’re not sure what it was like before Joe but it is *awesome* now. When you walk in you’ll find that the space is minimally decorated and welcomes you to enjoy your meal, so order at the counter, sit down, and wait for your sangwich to be brought out.

The Recommendation

If I lived anywhere near this place I’d be ordering out from them at LEAST once a week no question. You might think it’s just another sandwich place…and while it technically is, the end result is something a lot more flavorful and special than we’ve seen at probably every other sub shop in America. It’s true. This spot is awesome for a quick bite, a flavor packed sandwich, a lunch your coworkers will be jealous of, and certainly curing hangovers and probably even a broken heart. #dramaticbutseriously

The Menu

While the menu is enticing and shows some originality, it doesn’t really do the food justice IMO. They’ve got the basics, which they do exceptionally well, and the not so basics (also done really well) covered from turkey sandwiches to hot paninis. Most sandwiches hover around the $6 – $8 range give or take a few bucks. As far as sides go they have a housemade soup of the day for $2-$3.

The Story

We actually happened upon Joe’s after attempting to go to a nearby restaurant we’d heard of that ended up being closed (you’d be surprised how often that happens). After one visit to Joe’s Panini Grill I’m just upset we waited so long…and I’ve been dreaming of Joe’s since the moment we left. Now any time someone suggests we order food it’s the first thing that pops into my brain. *sigh* if only I lived closer.

We devoured:

Soup of the day, cup $1.99, bowl $2.99 – Stuffed Banana Pepper SoupThis homemade soup was creamy, delish, and flavorful. Each day of the week brings a new flavor of soup like Italian Wedding or Chicken wing.

Joe's Panini Grill
Muffaletta / Step Out Buffalo

Muffaletta, $9.49 – A 10-inch round roll turkey, ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, sweet & hot peppers with chili mayo.

Seriously one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten in my life. Okay, more like a double pizza sandwich quesadilla than just a regular old sammy, but still. The combo of meats is obviously great but what takes this baby to the next level is the sweet and hot peppers (and when I say hot, I mean real hot but in a totally worth it way) and the housemade chili mayo. Not to mention the awesomely toasty gigantic round roll. It’s a symphony of crunchy, warm, meaty, spicy goodness. And also it’s basically two sandwiches in one.

Big Johnson, $8.99 – Grilled sausage patties, capicola, sub cheese, sweet peppers, onions, lettuce, tomato, garlic mayo, and oil dressing

There was much debate on this visit around which was the best menu item, and this was certainly a Top 2 contender. This hot sub featured juicy sausage patties laced with more meat and cheese spread with housemade mayo as the cherry on top. Sausage sub perfection right here.

Dino Martini, $8.99 – Grilled chicken, fresh Mozzarella, prosciutto, and sundried/tomato basil mayo.

Smaller than the others, but also packed with flavor and cheese. Can’t get over the homemade mayos – they make all the difference.

Other menu items that looked good:

  • Adult Grilled Cheese, $7.99 – Bacon, mozzarella, provolone, and cheddar cheese with chipotle mayo & tomato
  • Louisiana Lightning, $7.99 – Roast beef with mozarella, lettuce, tomato, and hot cherry peppers with chili mayo
  • How Yo Doin, $8.99 – Grilled Prime Rib, lettuce, tomato, onion, sundried tomato/basil mayo, and provolone cheese

Joe’s Panini Grill

3024 Delaware Ave. Kenmore , New York 14217 • $$


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SOB Says: If I lived anywhere near this place I'd be ordering out from them at LEAST once a week no question. You might think it's just another sandwich ...

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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