Arriving in the center of a stark white plate, the sandwich halves reveal a somewhat odd assortment of colors: pink, orange, bright green, cream, deep brown, and white and light beige. These are from the slices of mesquite-smoked turkey – smoked in-house, too – chipotle-infused mayo, wedges of avocado, melted Provolone, thoroughly caramelized onions, and the interior and crust of a sturdy, tasty and toasted ciabatta roll, respectively. The first-rate, multi-hued assemblage tastes slightly sweet with the plentiful onions, often rich, and thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
Kraftsmen serves for breakfast and lunch from 8:00 to 3:00 on the weekends and a half-hour earlier during the work. Though a bit off the beaten path, but not far from N. Shepherd, this very casual café is certainly worth seeking out if you live or work near the Heights or nearby Garden Oaks. The Jive Turkey is one of a half-dozen sandwiches offered during the lunch hours. There are also several choices among the entrée-sized salads, a handful of quiches, a burger with fries – a double bacon cheeseburger, at that – and a soup of the day.
Just be aware that the weekend mornings and early afternoons can be very crowded and service slow as the charms of Kraftsmen’s casual fare is well known to residents in the surrounding Heights.
611 W. 22nd Street, Houston, Texas 77008, (713) 426-1300