Posts Tagged ‘Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup’

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Sweet and Spicy Wings / buffet

February 18, 2010
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Wings

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Wings

Speaking of wings, (Zabby and Elf’s) Stone Soup have great wings as well as a great self serve buffet. You pay per weight of the plate and as pictured it was $9.91 with tax. Pictured are Misty Knoll “Sweet and Spicy Wings”, tamale bake, and steamed kale.

The wings appear to be non-traditionally baked instead of deep-fried, but the fat is rendered and the baking results in a higher TTL (time to live) window of deliciousness. The sauce is mildly spicy, and the sweet isn’t cloying, there is a great balance to the flavor. The meat is very tender, falling off the bone, almost like BBQ and the texture is nice when biting into the wing.

The tamale bake and steamed kale were also great, It’s easy to try to balance the wings out with good vegetable items via the buffet.

Lastly the wings are only on Thursdays and Fridays and make sure you wash your hands after eating, as the wings make your hands sticky. Don’t forget it’s cash-only.

Kountry Kart Deli – Turkey Reuben

January 23, 2009
KKD - T-Reuben with Extra Kraut on French

KKD - T-Reuben with Extra Kraut on French

KKD – T-Reuben with Extra Kraut on French

Besides the Philly, this t-reuben is my other recommendation at KKD.

Components:
-French Bread
-Turkey
-Sour Kraut (extra)
-Swiss Cheese (the default)
-Thousand Island dressing (the default)

This is my second favorite version of the t-reuben sandwich. When ordering this sandwich sans-extra kraut, I sometimes like a bead of ketchup across it to supplant the lacking moisture and sourness from the extra kraut.

$8.82 with tax.

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – “Turkey Reuben”

February 1, 2008

So where we left off from the last post, I was still looking for some lunch after some miss-cues and I decided on Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup on College St in Burlington Vermont. They are next door to Bueno Y Sano.

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup - Burlington Vermont
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Burlington Vermont

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup - Burlington Vermont
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Burlington Vermont

The detail on the sign helps clue you in into the whimsical nature of this business if you missed the titular reference to the classic fable of “Stone Soup“. I had pictured this place to be a clicky crunchy hangout, but was elated to find delicious food and healthy-hip ambiance.

Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup - Turkey Reuben
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Turkey Reuben

Similar to the fable of Stone Soup, Zabby and Elf’s feature local ingredients from the local “villagers”. In addition the bread is freshly baked  and the turkey roasted in the restaurant. The sandwich is toasted in the oven, which give the bread nice crunchy outside, there is also cheese included in the sandwich resulting in some nice melt. The turkey is phenomenal: slight seasoning and pepper on the roasted turkey breast makes this sandwich sing. I haven’t had turkey this good since I went to a Winn Dixie grocery store in Florida.

The kraut is fresh and is a little less pickled than I like, but it serves to not over power the juicy turkey. The thousand island / Russian dressing contained sweet pickle relish, which again I didn’t care for, but was an interesting twist and not a deal breaker. The sandwich appears to be aimed to the slightly sweet side, as well as keeping the flavor of the turkey in mind.

Elf’s Stone Soup - Caper Berries
Zabby and Elf’s Stone Soup – Caper Berries

As a garnish instead of a pickle, Stone Soup users caper berries, which are the mature fruit of capers. I found these pleasantly pickle like, with a nice texture.

The turkey rueben includes a hand full of wonderful Mad House Munchies to round out the “localness” of this sandwich. The sandwich was just over $8 with tax. Stone Soup is CASH ONLY.