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100 Montaditos Waterford Lakes

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100MontaditosExteriorWho likes sammiches?  I know I do but I also like variety.  There’s an international quick casual food chain in Waterford Lakes that offers 100 different types of mini-sandwiches, 100 Montaditos.  There are currently 10 locations open in the United States but only one in the central FL area.  The tag line is “From Spain With Love.”

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The interior is predominantly red and black, minimalistic with tiny stools and some hightops.
Top Pop music is noted in the background.

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100MontaditosMenuOrder100MontaditosCounterYou place your order at the counter but you’ll want to grab a menu and look over the selection first.  For those who want to put in a quick order here, there are three samplers available.  The Top 6 Montaditos, the Meat Lovers Montaditos, and the Vegetarian Montaditos.  Each platter is $8, if you purchase 2 samplers then it’s $14.  You get the order pad and write your selections in.  The sandwiches individually are priced at either $1, $1.50, $2 or $2.50.  There are other food items as well such as the Brava potatoes (potato wedges), French Fries, salads, and tapas.

100MontaditosSpanishMixersAlcoholic beverages are available for purchase such as beer, sangria and wine.  There are Spanish Mixers like the Calimocho – $3.50 (Pepsi and sweet red wine).  The other mixers are some variation of soda and wine.  Overall, pretty tasty stuff.

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100MonatditosMeatLoversPlatter100 Montaditos has 4 types of bread: chapata (it’s like ciabatta), whole wheat, regular, and chocolate.  The sandwiches are served with potato chips.  I thought #91: Caprese (Serrano Ham, mozzarella, tomato and pesto in chapata) was very tasty.  I found #95: Chicken Club very dry.  The chicken strips here tended to be on the drier side and salty.  #33: Ham, cheddar cheese, tomato and mayo was enjoyable.  If you don’t like crunchiness in your tuna salad, then you’re in luck if you order #76: Tuna salad, lettuce, tomato.   The #40: Pulled BBQ pork, cream cheese and crispy onions was okay until I got a big glob of cream cheese.   After eating more than 5 of these in one sitting, the sandwiches started to blend in.  The bread was good but nothing really stood out or wowed me.  If you’re craving something sweet, there’s the “Sweet Montaditos” for $2 each.  I had the #97: Chocolate spread and dulce de leche.  It was enjoyable although towards the end, it was a bit too much bread for me.

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With this many selections, it’s easy to forget what you’ve tried.  There’s an Android app you can download to keep track of your montaditos called “My Montaditos”.

 

So what do I think of 100 Montaditos?  It’s great if you like trying all sorts of mini sandwiches but I find this establishment is lacking consistency.  I’ve ordered some of the same sandwiches on different days, and sometimes there’s less filling.  (I’ve gotten more filling on some of my sandwiches on Dollarmania Wednesdays!  Go figure!)  I would only come here on Wednesdays but depending on the time of the day, you’ll deal with long lines.  It’s a nice novelty concept but the poor execution makes it hard for me to want to come back as a regular.  This is not one of my “MUST TRY” restaurants but it’s good option if you’re looking for a cheap meal in the Waterford Lakes area.

 

100MontaditosSignDollarmania Wednesdays:
$1: All montaditos, small appetizers and soft drinks.
$2: Spanish mixers, beer, wine, large appetizers and salads.
$10: Beer buckets

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Hot Krust Panini Kitchen

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HotKrustExteriorI 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.

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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!

www.hotkrust.com

HOURS:
Mon-Sat: 8am-8pm
Closed on Sundays

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Sharkey’s Beer & Wine Miami

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SharkeysBarLocated in downtown Miami, off of Biscayne Blvd we have Sharkey’s Beer & Wine.  I stumbled upon this “dive bar” while walking around Bayside Marketplace.  This was my first time here, nice outdoor mall setting with a great outdoor view.  I was more hungry than thirsty but the large display of bottled beers caught my eye.  And they have food?  Hmmm. Well, the prices are very reasonable here.  Most bottles are about 5 dollars or more.  I’m definitely not a big beer drinker but the Wild Blue Lager was pretty tasty!  I also drank some the Venezuelan Polar Beer, Vanilla Porter, and Franziskaner Weissbier.

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The service was mediocre.  Not horribly but certainly nothing to speak about.  I asked one of the bartenders what are the best food items on the menu.  Not surprisingly, she recommends the two most expensive items which were the Alligator Tidbits and the seafood platter.  It really felt like she was upselling me here.  It is bar food so it wasn’t THAT expensive.  Well, it’s been ages since I’ve had gator meat so I went for it.  What it taste like?  Exactly how I remembered it.  If you haven’t had gator meat before, I would describe it as the texture of pork, the dominant flavor of chicken with a hint of fish. Perhaps not the most appetizing description but it’s accurate.  The menu description reads: “The Sharkey’s all-time favorite! Lightly dusted, farm raised gator meat tenders, with a little kick. Served with cocktail sauce.”  Last time I checked, buffalo sauce isn’t cocktail sauce but with the addition of ketchup, I made it work.  I ate my bucket of gator meat and towards the end, I’m pretty much gator-ed out.  After drinking three beers and a half-bucket of gator meat, I don’t think ordering more food would be ideal.  Even though it wasn’t super delicious or anything, it’s something to try,  These gator meat tenders were pretty decent sized.

 

I loved the large selection of beer and the view was great. Great location, good prices, okay service,  okay food.  Definitely a cool little spot to come back to.
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Bella Donnas Gainesville

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Bella Donna’s Italian Eatery on University Ave looks mediocre on the outside but I was surprised once I saw the menu inside.  If you’re a vegetarian,  there are toppings you don’t usually see in a typical pizza place such as eggplant and broccoli.  For the veggie lovers and the meat lovers, you’ll definitely find something to eat here.  They do sell pizza-by-the-slice for $1.75.  Seriously!?  For pizza that cheap, can it actually be good?  Well, for the price and the size, I’m quite content.

I had the Buffalo chicken pizza.   It was a hand tossed white pizza with hot sauce,  chopped breaded chicken pieces and some Bleu cheese.  The pizza crust was a bit on the hard side.  The pizza itself was a bit on the greasy side, but that is to be expected.

The staff was friendly and the food was quick.  It is minimalistic in here but that’s expected since it’s not some fine dining establishment.  This is a place to come if you’re on a budget (such as a college student, perhaps?).

I’d recommend this place.

 

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