My breakfast plans in Panama City were gutted by poor planning, and I stumbled through the morning without caffeine. Lunch approached and my friend, Mike, suggested Trigo. It was located across from his office, and we hopped across Harrison Ave towards the red brick clad restaurant.
A portion of the parking spaces in front of Trigo were removed and in their place sat a wooden patio ringed with a black iron railing. Three tables and bright colored flower pot brightened up what had formerly been gray asphalt. A solitary patron sat in the stifling heat reading a folded newspaper. Mike suggested we sit inside and I followed his lead.
The restaurant bills itself as a “San Francisco style deli,” and never having experienced one I was curious to see what was on the menu. It turns out the owner was aiming for a San Francisco-style atmosphere rather than west coast-style food, and the menu consisted of salads, sandwiches, soups, and oddly enough pizza. The smiling tattoo clad girl behind the counter suggested the tabouli salad, and I ordered a large topped with chicken.
Trigo’s interior is clean and modern with wood floors and exposed brick. It felt very loft-ish. Some of the tables were very wide, and would make discussing the days events in a normal tone difficult. To this end, we took a seat at a smaller glass topped table in facing the window.
The salad arrived minutes after I ordered in a large white bowl. Parsley, tomato, onion, bulgar wheat, spices, lemon juice, and olive oil were combined into a very fresh tasting salad. Thin strips of chicken topped the salad. I was disappointed to see Trigo used pieces of sliced Boar’s Head deli meat rather than fresh chicken breast. The edges were coated with some sort of seasoning, but for the most part the chicken was unremarkable. The tabouli also needed more lemon juice.
My conversation with Mike was more interesting than lunch, and I departed for home mildly disappointed about our very average meal. Mike remarked Panama City was a food wasteland, and we could try somewhere else the next time I was in town.
Trigo is located at 119 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL. The restaurant is open Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sat 10:00 – 3:00 pm. Trigo can be found online at trigodeli.com, Facebook, on Twitter @Trigodeli, and contacted by telephone at (850) 481-0132.
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