Hot breakfast at Heine’s?

LEO’s Eats with LouisvilleHotBytes

Just out the pike from the Clifton J. Gumbo’s, the classic Crescent Hill storefront that houses the Frankfort Avenue branch of Heine Brothers Coffee has long been an appealing place to grab coffee, tea or espresso and a pastry or dessert.

Not long ago, the addition of a breakfast panini made Heine’s a reasonable option when you’re in the mood for a quick, hot breakfast.

The panini are made by Lotsa Pasta and delivered cello-wrapped in four variations — egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheese; ham, egg and cheese; and veggie. The friendly baristas will unwrap one and run it through the panini oven on demand.

I chose egg and cheese ($6.75) to go with my latte and The New York Times the other day and found it a good, basic morning meal: A well-made, fresh layer of light scrambled eggs dotted with bits of yellow cheese was spread on a Lotsa Pasta panini roll, heated, flattened and marked with seersucker grill tracks. Easy and quick, it beats the heck out of an Egg McMuffin for me.

Heine Brothers Coffee
2714 Frankfort Ave.