I have been on a breakfast kick recently and found myself driving around town this past Saturday looking to get an American styled breakfast. Even though lunch was fast approaching, I was jonesing for bacon, eggs, and something with syrup. I stopped by a place in Alamo Heights that stopped serving breakfast at 11:00AM and called a handful of other restaurants that either (1) didn’t serve breakfast period or (2) had stopped for the day.
Feeling defeated, I wandered down into South Town and remembered that I had seen a restaurant with a huge fork out front that I had been meaning to try, Mr. Tim’s Country Kitchen. It was to my great fortune that they serve breakfast all day long.
The inside of the restaurant is South Town funky with stained concrete flooring that is sporadically brushed with blue paint. The building appears to be an old house with many of the walls knocked out to have two open rooms with plenty of windows. The radio was dialed into a country station and there were a lot of people and families inside chowing down.
Our waitress was personable and took a little extra time to visit with us about the restaurant and menu. She also was prompt and quickly brought out a cup of coffee in one of those ceramic mugs typical of older diners. I couldn’t decide on what to order, and while I was making up my mind the waitress brought out a basket of fresh baked biscuits. These are the best biscuits I have ever had in my life. Not only were they huge, they had just the right crispiness on the outside and were dense without being too thick. To top it off, Mr. Tim’s has a bottle of honey on each table that was perfect for my sweet tooth. If you want to take it to the next level, order a side of sausage gravy; the gravy has tons of sausage and ham and is delicious.
I ended up order the #1 breakfast plate which came with two eggs, choice of meat (I got bacon), and hashbrowns. But since I was also looking for something with syrup, I split the Texas French Toast with my girlfriend.
The breakfast plate was great and had two really big eggs and the bacon was crispy. What Mr. Tim’s really does right isthe hashbrowns; they weren’t greasy and they really got them brown and crispy. To me that is the way to make hashbrowns instead of the soggier/less brown kind.
The Texas French Toast was billed as being something “different and delicious” and I asked my waitress what made it so different. She told me that they use a roll instead of toast. Whatever they did, it tasted really good and had a little more chewier consistency than normal French Toast. I particularly liked the fact that they were quite liberal with the powdered sugar.
Even better than the food and atmosphere was the price. Our ticket had two of the #1 breakfast plates, one order of Texas French Toast, and a cup of coffee and came out to be $15 (not to mention the side of gravy and big basket of biscuits)! I couldn’t believe how reasonable everything was considering how much food we got and how tasty it was.
If you don’t like the long wait of Magnolia Pancake Haus and the Guenther House (or their higher prices), Mr. Tim’s will do you right. I can’t wait to check them out for lunch and dinner!
Value: 10/10 (amazingly reasonable for a sitdown breakfast)
Atmosphere: 10/10 (funky South Town feel without being pretentious; they just do their thing and they do it well)
Service: 10/10 (our waitress was very friendly, engaging, and prompt; you could tell she loved working there)
Taste: 10/10 (slap yo’ mama biscuits, and you get those for free just for ordering breakfast!!!!!!!!!)
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