I've been meaning to drop in at the Drop for some time now. I like the whole 31st Street thing - not so much the "Martini Corner" thing - but the actual vibe of the street and the development that is going on around there. I like the old homes, the new lofts and the fish tacos at Sol Cantina. I like to sit outside at the Velvet Dog and watch low clouds envelop the KCPT tower on weeknights. I even enjoyed the low seating and the dimly lit vibe of the Buddha Bar. You can still get a little of that vibe at The Drop, though the music has been swapped for 80s tunes and weirdly nostalgic videos on the televisions. An upgrade has taken place in the kitchen, however, where you can get crunchy, imaginatively-filled paninis and interesting bruschettas for lunch and dinner.
We sampled three of the paninis on a recent evening and found two to be pretty outstanding - the Smoked Turkey and the P.L.T. The paninis themselves are thin and perfectly grilled - the ciabatta was crisp with just the right amount of chewiness and the focaccia had a dense interior and a perfectly crisp exterior. You can enjoy the flavors of all the toppings - none were overdone - the oven-dried tomatoes were pungent and the pancetta was salty and good. For the starters, the white bean hummus was speckled with sesame seeds and a great accompaniment to one of their martinis.
409 E 31st Street
mon-fri 11am to 1:30am
sat 5pm - 1:30am
sun 5pm - 12am