Food & Drink
Weissman’s New Take on Sip
Published: May 7, 2014
During my return visit for lunch some days later, Sip was hopping with patrons. A peek into its corporate nemesis, Lady Starbucks, revealed Sip was catering to more downtown denizens, at least for the time being. Geekdom natives and tourists alike lined up to order sandwiches and caffeinated brews. I joined the line and ordered The Italian, with copa, spicy salami, prosciutto, cheese and a briny jardinière similar to olive tapenade. Pressed, The Italian could have easily veered into oily territory, but it didn’t and each bite held that promised meaty goodness.
My eating partner opted for The Classic, a fun take on a Caesar salad, with Romaine spears, a sliced hardboiled egg, whole anchovies and shaved Pecorino. I expected to be turned off by the tiny swimmers, but was pleasantly surprised by their delicate flavor—a definite hit for this hearty salad.
The Middle Eastern mix’d salad was no slacker either. Chilled Israeli couscous tossed with diced carrots, tomato, toasted almonds and just a smidge of turmeric, sat on a bed of butter lettuce topped with a dollop of creamy and sour labneh. It was filling without being gluttonous—a common error in salads these days. I again tried my luck with the juice, a “Pura Vida” this time. The magenta concoction’s beet, pineapple and apple elements were lost to way too much lemon—a total miss.
Weissman’s return to Downtown is well on its way to joining the ranks of his other riverside institutions. And this time, San Anto’s ready for it.
160 E Houston,
Skinny Weissman takes over the reins of Sip with a new menu, a coffee program and juice options that help bring Downtown into a new age.
Best Bets Sandwiches–The Standard, The Italian; Salads–Try The Classic or The Middle Eastern
Hours 7am-??? Tue-Sat
Price $2.50-$4 coffee, $4-$9 granola, sandwiches, salads, juices
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