Have you seen this place yet? This wine shop is wrapped in a bistro sprinkled with creative variety and adorned by people who are doing what they love to do (except for the paperwork). And, blissfully, we have guests who I believe we can really call “fans”. They come back regularly for a variety of reasons. The perfect portions of food … fresh soups and desserts made from scratch … immense wine experience and information … inimitable personalities; ah, the list goes on. Being an employee (and unfortunately a rare visitor off-the-clock) I can attest to the fun and sometimes even bizarre dynamic that makes Sips a most comfortable place to enjoy a few hours.
I first heard about this place in January while flipping thru the Modesto View. The paper had done a feature on the new shop, which had opened beginning of December ’07. I was suprised to see the picture of Bill and “some lady”… I had to call and scope out the situation. Diane answered and we exchanged pleasantries – I told her I knew Bill from the Wine Shop and BevMo (as do most of our guests) and I told her I was very happy she and Bill had opened this little bistro. Our town needed this place since the Wine Shop closed down! I told her I’d be in to dine soon.
Four months later…I finally made it out to Sips and shame on me for waiting! I brought my mom-in-law, Linda, for a girl’s lunch. We fell in love immediately. With everything. The ambiance; cozy and inviting with out being pretentious. The wine shop – a varied selection and I was definitely able to find most of my favorites. The ceasar salad we split was fresh and zingy. The grilled chicked sandwich on foccacia we shared was equally delicious, perfectly complimented by the pesto aioli spread. And then there was the broccoli salad. This fusion of complimentarily contrasted flavors and textures can hardly be just classified as a broccoli salad – it’s loaded with silky cheddar cheese, chewy dried cranberries, crisp red onion & walnuts, and smoky applewood bacon. I swear I could eat that salad 3 meals a day!
I loved the concept, and asked Bill if they needed any servers. I knew that it would be an immense experience to learn wines from Bill. And I knew that my days with “the-restaurant-who-shall-not-be-named” made me a perfect candidate to assist in marketing and building Sips’ business wherever Diane would like to use me. I’m really excited about our potential!
Whatever reason endears you, please come and come back often to our proud little establishment. Enjoy the tastes, enjoy the flights; but most of all enjoy yourself. I look forward to seeing you there! Tuesday and Wednesday 4-6 is Happy Hour. I’m there Wednesday and Friday nights, so those are the happiest hours! http://www.sipsbistro.com