K’s Koffee & Deli: A Little Taste of the Boroughs
(Gillette, Wyo.) Welcome to Gillette’s only family-owned and operated, full-service deli.
Enjoy fresh meats and cheeses, cut and sliced in-house every day. Sold by the pound. No fillers, no binders, no preservatives, no nitrates or nitrites, with 6 ingredients or less … and you can pronounce every one of them!
The accidental, ‘old-fashioned New York-style deli’ opened May 10 of last year. Wyoming-based owners Michael and Linda Krupicka had pondered the idea for a while of opening a classic deli, and adding to it Michael’s virtuoso coffee skills, and Linda’s unparalleled cookie flavors. The result is something of wonder.
Food & Drink
Our visit to K’s Koffee and Deli fell on a Friday when they were hosting their “Fish Friday” special. I had the pleasure of trying the Wild Alaskan Salmon Patty on grilled ciabatta, a recipe courtesy of Linda’s own mother. This finger-licking-it’s-so-good salmon patty sandwich was not only delectable as could be, but also FILLING. I had skipped breakfast to prepare for our late-lunch extravaganza, and it was all I could do to try and put this ciabatta, mustard, and lettuce-engorged patty away… I still had to take some home.
My partner in crime for this eatery fiasco opted to try the fish wrap made with beer-battered cod, and a hint of lemon. Not many words were spoken regarding the dish, but a look of innate satisfaction could be found on their face without too much searching. That’s enough of a response for me!
Michael Krupicka is the resident coffee guru. Legend says that he can make a coffee taste like a German chocolate cake, a Snicker’s bar, or even watermelon. Well, it’s not really legend so much as it is fact! The K’s order their coffee from Italy to ensure the highest quality of taste they could possibly rep. They also make specialty coffees such as espressos, lattes, cappuccino’s, and the like. They serve American Italian sodas with 7 up or Sprite to sweeten the drink, as well as the traditional Italian Sodas made with plain soda water and then flavored. If there is an option to sip on a traditional Italian Soda, you can bet your bottom dollar that’ll be my drink of choice! I opted to try the Huckleberry Italian Soda as I’ve also a sort of affinity for huckleberry-anything. I was not disappointed!
Linda Krupicka specializes in unusual cookie flavors such as orange cream-sickle, root bear float, grape, water melon, and even chocolate habanero (the general consensus at the County 17 offices is that it’s surprisingly delicious). Did I mention she gave us a whole box of cookies to sample? I must say the watermelon cookie was delightful!
They do not have a full kitchen at K’s. Linda makes do, and exceeds with a panini press, a self-contained deep fryer, a microwave oven, and an adorable, tiny, little oven that cooks 6 cookies at a time!
If you have a hankering for something that’s not on the menu, don’t hesitate to ask for it! It’s just a guideline at K’s, and they will happily cater to the liking of every customer.
“If you come in and say, ‘I’m looking for a French Dip, but I don’t see it on the menu.’ … well, you’re going to get a French Dip.” – Linda Krupicka
Ask them about their special items! Such as the Sub-ghetti, and K’s Cristo.
High school students! Want a hip, delicious, and affordable lunch option for open campus this year? K’s offers their student lunch special: Half a sandwich with Turkey or Ham on it, a bag of chips, and a medium fountain drink for $5.50 with student I.D.
Gluten-free, vegetarian, and dairy-free options are available.
The couple also own “K’s Spices”, which they started back in 2008. They sell their self-made recipe spices to retailers in Oregon, South Dakota, and other parts of the country. They incorporate their spices into their own cooking as well!
Michael and Linda chose to make the interior of their deli a balance of a welcoming zen with contemporary elements. Their “comfy corner” was designed for people who want to come and read a book, or, to connect to their free WiFi and get work done on their laptop for example. Patrons may ease their mind knowing they can relax in the comfy corner for as long as they wish.
Linda tells us the story behind her ‘accidental’ New York-style deli status:
“When we got our POS machine [A point of sale terminal (POS terminal) an electronic device used to process card payments at retail locations], the people who owned the company decided they had to come down and meet us. … Which, we’re like everybody else. We’re just normal folk, and we’re no better than anyone else. … They wanted to come down and meet us and we couldn’t figure out why.
She [the lady with the company who sold them the POS] walks in the door and says, ‘what part of the boroughs are you from?’
Well I don’t know what you’re talking about…
‘Oh honey, there’s only 5 boroughs. What borough are you from? …
‘You are a traditional New York deli, except, you have more seating than most of them.”
Now, Linda tells us she’s very excited as their daughter and grand-baby live in New York.
“But our hearts are still country… all the way home.”
K’s Koffee and Deli is located at 2701 Powder Basin Ave, Unit A, next to Soundworks off of Lakeway Rd. Check out their website here. Visit their Facebook Page for daily specials and other updates! Or, call them at (307) 696-6196 for special requests and other questions!
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