Hot Krust Panini Kitchen
Posted by: TheFeistyFoodist | on March 21, 2013
I walked into Hot Krust Panini Kitchen not knowing anything about it and left loving it. Recently, I had an opportunity to attend an event where I got to sample many of the food items. I meet the owner Evan Dimov and he’s so genuinely nice and super passionate about this place! Everything is fresh, no processed meats, the meats are actually roasted in house and they don’t even have a deep fryer. I did have a little difficulty locating this place. It’s somewhat hidden from the main road of Turkey Lake but it’s next to Barnie’s right by the Whole Foods. I really came in here with no expectations aside from knowing that they offered sandwiches. As I entered inside, I get a sense of a simple, clean, and open atmosphere. The menu is on a screen above the registers. It’s definitely got this “new” appeal in here. By the soda fountain, there are Fat Cat hot sauces which are locally based. The Purry-purry sauce was my favorite, garlicky flavor with a medium level of heat.
I had the cactus chili first. It was hearty but not the typical dense chili I was accustomed to. The menu description lists: “Savory cactus, ground beef, diced tomatoes, onions, corn, northern beans & spinach in a spicy broth.” Spicy broth? Well, it wasn’t THAT spicy which is fine since some people’s heat tolerance can be quite low. The cactus chili wasn’t just a name, it actually had cactus in it. That was a first for me but no complaints on my end. Next, I tried the waffle fries. Hot Krust offers three types of waffle fries where are regular, spicy and sweet potato. These fries are actually baked so I didn’t feel as guilty about eating them.
Then I see the Burgernini “HK Monster”. Wow, what is this? I took a bite and wanted more! The 100% Angus beef burger patty was cooked perfectly. Wait, am I eating fries in it too? Yep but it works especially with the BBQ-honey mustard sauce. I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of a burgernini before but whatever this is, it’s just great. The actual size of this sandwich is an 8 ounce burger on a huge bun. The Cowboy Jack was my second favorite sandwich. It has steak, horseradish peppercorn, black olives, tomatoes, spinach, red onions and Monterrey Jack cheese. Fear not, the horseradish peppercorn is mild. It does sound a bit intense but the sandwich is seriously fantastic.
The Florentine chicken panini had roasted chicken, sundried tomatoes, havarti cheese, spinach, lite mayo & pesto sauce. It was really good. And I mean, really good. The Buffalo Bill Chicken (chicken, buffalo sauce, onions, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, provolone cheese and blue cheese crumbles) was a bit strong on the blue cheese flavor. A little blue cheese definitely goes a long way and in this instance it managed to overpower the other ingredients.
My vegetarian friends, I can assure you the veggie sandwiches here are great. The Alibaba Veggie (hummus, fresh mozzarella, red onions, lettuce and tomatoes) was good but Veggie Vacation (freshly roasted portobello mushroom, Swiss cheese, bell pepper, pesto, spinach, red onions and tomatoes) was even better. They definitely don’t skimp out on the toppings here.
The Sangria Shrimp was “different”. It has grilled shrimp glazed with sangria vinaigrette, pesto, red roasted pepper, spinach and provolone cheese. I’m sure there’ll be fans of this one but it was a tad too sweet for me. I do appreciate the originality of this sandwich. If they have any chocolate chip cookies, go for it. MMMM cookies….. My only gripe would be that I wish the chicken wings were a bit more crisp aside from that, everything really was enjoyable.
I’ve tried enough sandwiches here that I bet everybody will find something they’ll like. The price of the food is definitely reasonable considering the quality of the food here.
This place may be small but the flavor certainly isn’t!
Closed on Sundays