omeone in charge of stocking the bar fridge at Panino’s
has a love for upstate New York — namely, Rochester. While this long-standing Springs foodery may never offer a Nick Tahou Hots-style garbage plate, they do carry Genesee Cream Ale, a regional standard since the 1960s. We pair a bottle of Genny Cream ($4.59/12-ounce), as it’s nicknamed, with a spicy cabbage panino ($10.99) and watch sports on the bar television. The beer’s a reasonable neutral brew, a little more body and flavor than macro offerings and thicker than offered cervezas as it’s ale, not lager. At these prices, we’ll drink local and get Genny at the liquor store. For the panino, we opt for wheat over white and Italian sausage over hamburger crumbles. It’s mostly meat and thus dripping pepper-orange fat through cabbage, onion and swiss. We’re usually satisfied with this local standby sandwich, but this one needs a little salt — and, for our tastes, a little red pepper flake — to really pop. Still, not bad.