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Cheap Eats: The Press Artisan Café

Grab a tasty panini for lunch or toast for breakfast!


By LeeAnne Jones

Why Come? This tiny café, tucked in the back of Pleasanton’s Mission Plaza, gets creative with toast and sandwiches, using mostly locally sourced ingredients.

What’s the atmosphere like? Hip with a touch of homey: Butcher block tables and galvanized metal sheeting wall accents, antique fans and coffee makers on display, and wi-fi log-in info written on the chalkboard menu.

What to order? Deliciously inventive panini—such as smoked turkey and pesto or ham and apple, both with brie—are served as a stack of four sandwich halves, with lightly dressed mixed greens on the side. Get a large house-made marshmallow, toasted while you wait.

How much? For breakfast, two pieces of Acme levain toastini topped with avocado and egg or ricotta and fruit is $4; lunchtime panini and sandwiches are $7–$9.50.

When is it open? Breakfast and lunch Mon.–Sat.

Where is it? 1987 Santa Rita Rd., Ste. H, Pleasanton, (925) 846-9900, thepressartisancafe.com.

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