Some Soup For You
By Tricia & Danny / email@example.com
Frosty and numb from the cold winter air, the Foodies decided
to head to Kozy Kettle in Huntington village for a cup of
hot soup we expected would warm us right up.
Upon opening the door of the soup shack known for its bright
orange façade, we were greeted by a burst of warm air
that welcomed us into the Kettles cozy and casual interior.
Black stools lined the wall opposite the counter where orders
are placed, with two tables conveniently nestled in between
for stay-in diners.
Self-proclaimed the first gourmet soups, salads and wraps
restaurant on Long Island, Kozy Kettle offers both low fat
and vegetarian soup choices and all of their soups are served
with a freshly baked popover.
After perusing the extensive soup menu, we opted for the 3
Bean Chili ($6.49, 12 oz.) and the Chicken Dumpling ($6.49,
12 oz.), which we ordered as part of the combo meal ($10.25),
a deal that pairs any 12 oz. soup minus the Lobster
Bisque with a Grilled Cheese or one half of a Grilled
Chicken Wrap. We ordered one of each, along with a small Lobster
Bisque ($6.99, 12 oz.).
We took our order to go; not even five minutes later we cracked
off the tops of our soups and spooned right in, only to find
each broth lukewarm, at best.
The Chicken Dumpling soup harkens back to a thicker, richer
chicken noodle soup, with its sizable chunks of doughy dumpling,
carrots, celery, white and dark meat chicken and onion slices.
It's an interesting item to consider if you're trying to break
out of the chicken noodle rut. The soup was well complemented
by the Grilled Chicken wrap ($6.99, full), which, complete
with tomatoes, crunchy iceberg lettuce, tender grilled chicken
and a light Italian vinaigrette, is a tasty, filling choice
The Lobster Bisque was surprisingly disappointing. We're well
aware that lobster is a naturally sweet crustacean, but this
soup was much sweeter than any lobster bisque should be, as
well as sweeter than any others we've had. Also undesirably
cool, the soup itself was unusually thick and gloppy. Maybe
we caught it on a bad day, but we believe there are certainly
better purchases to make at Kozy Kettle.
One of these choices is the 3 Bean Chili, a vegetarian option
that blew us away. The fiery chili, stocked with a plethora
of beans and vegetables, hit the spot and redeemed the otherwise
underwhelming lunch experience.
The Chili was not the only delectable item we ordered, however.
The Grilled Cheese, which is available with three types of
cheese on three types of bread, was quite possibly the best
weve ever had. Ordered on white with American cheese
and a slice of tomato for an extra 50 cents, the Grilled Cheese
was a toasty treasure and a melty delight.
The Kozy Kettle experience wasnt complete, however,
without sampling the fluffy, doughy popovers that are the
Kettles signature offering. Airy and light, the popovers
were a nice side and a savory dipper for the soups we purchased.
With several other soup options to try, the Foodies may soon
again hear the whistle of the Kozy Kettle. There are a boatload
of other soups to dive into that we will give a chance to
on our next adventure, including the Hungarian Mushroom, Pumpkin
and the Vegetable Potage. But although there are a number
of appetizing sandwiches on the menu to opt for the
Pastrami with Swiss cheese melt ($7.99), for example
from now on, I think well be sticking with the Kettles
unbelievable, unsurpassable Grilled Cheese.
117 New York Avenue Huntington
Atmosphere: Sophisticated nautical
with a view of the harbor
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: Expensive
Hours: Lunch Wed-Sat 11:30-3;
Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10,
Fri-Sat 5-11, Sun 4:30-9;
Brunch Sun 11:30-3