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Panini, Please

The last thing we’d expect to be eating on a hot summer day is a toasty pressed sandwich full of melted cheese. But because they’re so delicious, it gives us an excuse to celebrate National Panini Month this August and bring the heat with our five fave panini places around the city. And a note for all the foodies: Panino is one, panini is plural.

Café Jonah’s panino

Inman Perk Coffee
Named for the historic district of Inman Park in which it’s located, this family-venture-turned-Atlanta-favorite brings the diverse neighborhood together to enjoy not only coffee but also a good panino every once in a while. With a plethora of panini to pick from, we suggest the raspberry cheese, grilled on artisan bread and served with a pickle spear. 240 N. Highland Ave., 678.705.4545,

LPC Restaurant
Though their kitchen isn’t actually made of stone (La Pietra Cucina translates to “the stone kitchen”), LPC’s authentic cuisine is rocking. Join them for live music every Thursday and indulge in the classic Italian fare, which includes the Caprese panino—oven-dried tomato, pesto aioli and buffalo mozzarella pressed. 1545 W. Peachtree St. NE, 404.888.8709,

Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic
Known for its comfy atmosphere and its incredibly friendly staff, Café Jonah is also home to an incredibly interesting turkey panino. Made grilled to order, with cheddar, blackberry-vanilla jam and arugula, this sandwich makes for melt-in-your-mouth goodness served with a side of artisan greens. 3188 Paces Ferry Place, 404.343.4107,

Victory Sandwich Bar
This hipster sandwich shop in Decatur proves that a small menu with small priced items is definitely a win-win. Try the Lamborghini panino, a sandwich that packs in salami, capicola, red pepper, provolone and salsa verde to take your taste buds on a ride. 340 Church St., 404.377.9300,

Le Petit Marche
French flair meets Southern hospitality at this little market in Kirkwood. And as far as panini go, we honestly can’t decide between the Basil Chicken and Pesto or the Spicy Roast Beef and Cheddar, both made with their respective house sauces. We’ll take both with a side of sesame cabbage slaw. 1963 Hosea L Williams Drive NE, 404.371.9888,