Hickory Kist: Sandwiches and so much more to choose
Why did nobody ever tell me I was missing out on the best part of Hickory Kist? Whenever I went, I immediately grabbed an order form and chose the bread, meats, and toppings I wanted. I am not saying that the sandwich was not delectable with that thick, delicious, larger-thanlife fluffy bread and fresh-sliced smoked meats. However, I never noticed the white board to the left of the menu that lists the specials. The daily specials are time-tested sandwiches that have proven to be mouth-wateringly delicious. In addition, Hickory Kist has started offering daily entrée specials such as lasagna, enchiladas, ham dinner with party potatoes and chicken cordon bleu with mashed potatoes and gravy. Let’s just say that I learned that at Hickory Kist, delicious sandwiches are just the beginning.
I was lucky enough to sample a variety of the daily specials (remember that white board I never noticed before?) and let me tell you, I have five new favorite sandwiches. The two crowd favorites were the Turkey Bacon Avocado and the Grilled Roast Beef and Pastrami. Turkey Bacon Avocado has moist shredded turkey breast, thick slices of crispy smoky bacon and creamy avocado. Add on some delicious fresh vegetables (tomato, sprouts, green peppers, cucumbers, pickles, etc) and you have got yourself a pretty amazing sandwich. I also added cranberry sauce, which adds a touch of sweet.
Grilled roast beef and pastrami was a hearty sandwich that uses their signature pastrami (they marinate the pastrami for five days). I wouldn’t normally order this type of sandwich (more of a turkey kind of gal), but it was delicious. It was grilled so the melted cheese really complimented the flavors of the roast beef and pastrami. The chicken club had a butterflied chicken breast topped with bacon and cheese. It had the perfect amount of chicken, not too thick and not too thin. Once again, you cannot go wrong with some smoky rich bacon. The Angelo Mustard (Italian garlic mustard) really added a nice flavor to the sandwich.
The Smoked Turkey Melt had a generous portion of deli sliced smoked turkey and shredded cheddar jack cheese all toasted to perfection. In my opinion, if you toast or melt any sandwich, the deliciousness goes up exponentially. The Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich is served on a croissant. The creamy sauce compliments the turkey and there are some finely sliced onions and celery that give it a nice crunch.
Hickory Kist is famous for madefrom-scratch soups. Some days you just need some fresh homemade soup (but don’t want to spend hours making it). My favorite soup was the creamy chicken noodle soup, which has the goodness of homemade chicken noodle amped up with a whole lot of creaminess. There are large slices of sweet carrot, tender peas and homemade noodles mixed in with big chunks of chicken.
Desserts. My favorite pie of all time is banana cream pie. This banana cream pie was heaven - creamy and rich with a nice subtle banana flavor complete with fresh banana slices. The crust was light as a feather and so flaky. The whipped cream was just the perfect amount of sweetness. The coconut cream was another match made in heaven: creamy filling with bits of coconut covered with whippped cream and topped off with toasted coconut.
Another favorite was the mud pie, which consists of layers of cream cheese base, chocolate pudding and whipped cream all topped with Heath bar bits. That will definitely take care of your chocolate cravings. They have a raspberry cheesecake that is just the right consistency and has a nice mellow flavor that combines nicely with the sweet raspberry topping. Other tempting treats include chewy brownies with chocolate frosting, peanut butter bars, cookies and more. And they are offering sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day (think the perfect heart-shaped sugar cookie with pink frosting topped with pink sugar).
They also serve breakfast sandwiches. Insider’s Tip: Every Thursday they serve fresh, hot cinnamon rolls. Hickory Kist is located at 1533 N. Main in Spanish Fork.