The Drop Bar
I love the Drop. If you haven’t been, go, and if you haven’t been lately, it’s time to go back. It’s on Martini Corner, on 31st Street, between Oak and Gilham. While the stark décor might be more attractive to the under thirty crowd, the food should be pleasing to all palates.
The menu is small, but each item is tasty and fresh. We started with white bean hummus, topped with toasted cumin seeds that lent an unique taste to the taste and presentation.
The most inspired offering that’s not to be missed is the bruschetta platter. Share it with a friend and make a meal of it. The innovative list of bruschetta features more than a dozen from which the diner picks four to sit atop the thick grilled bread. We chose the brie and apple, the strawberry and gorgonzola, both of which were excellent but couldn’t unseat my two favorites– the one with pistachios, chopped figs and goat cheese, and the other with fontina, caramelized onions and spiced almonds.
Though the original menu featured mostly items that didn’t need to be cooked (the restaurant has a ridiculously small kitchen), the Drop now offers small plates and even such substantial dishes as lamb chops and coffee encrusted ribeye. The crab cakes were fabulous–as good as anywhere in the city,with only enough filler to hold each one together, and served with a spicy sriracha aioli and guacamole. We practically licked the plate!
The place is quite the scene, especially during Happy Hour when they offer great food and drink specials, including 1/2 priced starters and $5 glasses of wine. The music tends to be too loud for the over-40 crowd, but it does add to the lively atmosphere.
Starting Sept 28, the Drop will again be open for lunch, following a break during which owner Eddie Crane enjoyed his new baby. That’s good news for all of us who missed stopping by at the noon hour for a light salad and bruschetta or sandwich.