What’s more satisfying than a grilled cheese sandwich? It’s a very simple idea, cheese and bread, with a few knobs of butter to brown. Surely the Italians and the French came up with the idea, and the first grilled cheese sandwiches were served open.
The United States has enjoyed them since the 1920s, especially after Kraft came out with their pre-sliced American cheese. So when I recently tasted a good grilled cheese — and I mean a very good grilled cheese — I had to tell you about it.
Sip Beverages is a new cafe in Biloxi, as it has only been around for a few months. It’s just opposite the Port City Cafe on Pass Road.
It’s a simple place in design and service, but a cafe doesn’t have to be fancy to be good. Fantasy has its place, but so does simplicity.
It has drive-thru if you’re in a hurry, a patio with four tables and umbrellas for those lazy spring or summer days, and an indoor marble bar with black stools. The interior is scrupulously clean and well lit, so the overall impression is very pleasant. The service is sharp, especially if you have the pleasure of being served by Reid, the nine-year-old daughter of the owner. She is knowledgeable, friendly and as confident as any young girl you will ever meet.
Sip is really coffee, tea and other beverages, but they have a selection of pastries and cookies for breakfast and a small menu for lunch (served all day). Lunch is mostly sandwiches, and when I stopped in the other day, I couldn’t resist the grilled cheese and the turkey, bacon, and cheddar panini. The cheddar was of good quality and there was plenty of it (nothing worse than a miserly grilled cheese, with more bread than cheese).
There’s also the option of pesto and sun-dried tomatoes to add, an option I’ll try next time.
I’m also going to try the Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich and the Chilli and Bacon Cheese. There is also a BBQ and an Italian sandwich, which looked good. Sides are limited to fries and potato salad.
Sip Beverages Biloxi is a very cool little place, the menu is small, but the food is expertly prepared and simply delicious.
Comedian, Jacky Gleason, who was a prodigious eater, once looked at a restaurant menu and said, “I don’t see anything to object to,” then ordered everything on the menu. That’s how I feel about Sip.
If you’re going to sip drinks in Biloxi
Address: 2572 Pass Road, Suite A
Hours: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
This story was originally published April 22, 2022 5:50 a.m.