My companion and I wanted a quick and light lunch before heading to the airport. I ordered the lunch special, which includes a panini sandwich, side salad or bag of chips, and iced tea for about seven dollars. You pay at the counter and wait for your order to be called out. If these were normal circumstances the wait would have probably seemed reasonable enough and we would have probably picked up one of the free publications to kill time. With an impending trip to the airport, it seemed every ticking second was precious here. We sat down at an inside table and waited…and waited…and waited….
After about ten minutes, our sandwiches were finally prepared. The panini bread was particularly crunchy after being toasted so I suppose it was worth the wait. It certainly held up well with the turkey (you can also choose ham or chicken), cheese and tomato thinly layered inside. The compilation was serviceable, but memorable only due to its crunch factor. The side salad with ranch dressing is simply plopped on the sheet of wax paper lining the plastic sandwich basket. This inelegance is countered by the delicate thread-like strands of carrot topping the salad. The peach iced tea was a bland slip of a sip, so perhaps the tropical fruit version may have been a better choice.
The dessert selections looked tasty, but of course we had no time to try any of them. Brownies, cookies, croissants and other pastries glimmer behind the glass counter. I assume the espresso and fruit smoothies are good here with a concise name like Sip.
Sip is open on Sundays, a big plus for a downtown location not perched on the River Walk. It has the look and feel of a neighborhood coffeehouse and is not a bad place to hang out, as long as you are not in a time crunch.
September 2, 2004
From journal Bill in the USA - SAN ANTONIO