Lunch at Strip T’s
In the midst of Saturday’s holiday madness, Jon and I took an afternoon shopping break to sit down, rest our feet, take a deep breath and have a relaxing lunch. Since we were in the area, we decided to have lunch at Strip T’s in Watertown. This lunch joint (also open for dinner) has been a staple for Jon over the years and recently we’ve gone in a few times, usually for a random weekend lunch in the middle of running errands. Little did we know when we were there on Saturday that this small, neighborhood establishment has been around since 1986, and 25 years later, owner Paul Maslow’s son Tim has made quite a name for himself in the culinary circles (Chef de Cuisine at David Chang’s Momofuku) and has recently come back home to join the family at Strip T’s.
Specials are offered daily, such as Steamed PEI Mussels ($10) with white bean and escarole sauce, Grilled Bluefish Sub ($9) with smoked tomato aioli and Roast Pork Loin ($9) with sauteed kale and sharp provolone on French bread. Although the mussels were very tempting, we started off with a side portion of Onion Rings ($4.5): impossibly thin strands of onion, fried and seasoned to perfection.
For our lunch entrees, both Jon and I ordered off of the regular lunch menu, Jon selecting his favorite Chicken Cutlet Sandwich ($9), served hot with marinated tomato, mozzarella, basil, and chili flakes. These chicken pieces are fried, providing a crunchy exterior to the juicy cutlets. Similar to a caprese salad, the tomato, basil and mozzarella provide nice accompaniments to the chicken, with the chili flakes providing a subtle heat.
I also choose a similar sandwich, Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella with Prosciutto ($9.5). What stood out to me was the dressing on the sandwich. A mix of olive oil and red wine vinegar, this dressing was a perfect blend for me, lightly flavored without too much vinegar. There were generous portions of each ingredient, allowing each bite to have a consistent flavor. Again, I was surprised by the addition of the red chili flakes, and found the added heat worked well with the otherwise mild flavors.
Backed by 25+ years of experience, we have always had consistently good food at Strip T’s. The beer and wine list boast craft beers like Smuttynose and Pretty Things, while wines are available by the glass or bottle (with relatively modest prices). The famous and local Iggy’s Bread of the World is available at Strip T’s. With the homecoming of Tim Maslow, the already high-quality food at Strip T’s is poised to get even better.
Strip T’s is located at 93 School St in Watertown.
Where do you like to take a break during the holiday rush?