Quick Bites: Taste Our Goods
Both women had been working in Kerrytown since last August-Feldhusen at Sparrow Market and Lipton at Sweetwaters Café. "We weren't really sure what we were going to do after graduation," Lipton told me, "and then Bob asked if we wanted to start a lunch counter." The two intrepid foodies-Lipton, a Washington, D.C. native, has been baking since high school, and Feldhusen, who grew up in Brooklyn, has worked in "a bunch of restaurants"-jumped at the chance. One week after Lipton earned her bachelor's in art history and Feldhusen took home her degree in organizational studies, they opened up shop in a corner with its own small kitchen, next to the cash registers.
The menu includes about ten sandwiches and five salads, plus some daily specials. Nearly all are $7, and are named, Zingerman's style, after friends and members of the Sparrow's crew. The healthy JJ's Gym Club (named for Josh Johnson, a trainer at Sparrow gym next door) is packed with thinly sliced roasted turkey, sprouts, cucumber slices, a little Jarlsberg, and a thin smear of deli mustard, all sandwiched between slices of Zingerman's whole wheat bread. Lipton says their most popular sandwich so far is the vegetarian Spa Todd with white bean hummus, avocado, and spinach. The Bob Cobb salad I tried was exceptional-chunks of roasted turkey, smoky bits of thickly sliced bacon, avocado, and fresh greens, all tossed with a first-rate olive oil and balsamic vinegar.