For any Austinites living in San Antonio who are missing the quirky charm that their city has, I suggest you try dining at Twin Sister’s Bakery off of North New Braunfels St in Alamo Heights. Inside you will be greeted with bright colors, different posters/newspaper clippings from a time past, calaveras, and wait staff of truly eclectic people who are nothing but nice.
I went to breakfast on a Sunday morning and was able to get a table after about a 5-10 minute wait. The place was jumping with 09ers who were trying to get their Sunday breakfast in. I really liked the atmosphere; it had a nice quality of liveliness to it where it was humming with patrons talking, but you didn’t have to shout to be heard.
The wait staff was truly excellent, for being as busy as they were, I still felt that they were paying me plenty of attention and there when I needed them. The waiters/waitresses do have that independent spirit and style to them that one would expect to see on a lot of the newer rockabilly folks.
The coffee was pretty good, and there was always someone nearby to fill up my cup. I ordered fruit cup and a half order of raspberry-lemon pancakes, that days specialty. Unless you really want fruit (like I did because I just got finished with a morning run), I would suggest you just take that money and go to the HEB and buy some. The fruit was fresh, but it was overwhelmingly cantaloupe, or what I like to refer to as filler fruit.
The raspberry-lemon pancake left something to be desired. Don’t get me wrong, the pancake was nice and fluffy and tasted fine, but it wasn’t what I expected. I did not really taste any raspberry or lemon in the pancake and I determined that the reason was that I had only one (no, I am not exaggerating) raspberry in the entire pancake (that bite was really good though). I know we are in a recession and all, but one raspberry? That was fairly disappointing to me.
I know that this could be just bad luck that caused me to get a pancake with one raspberry in it; everything was so good and the people were so nice that I am definitely going to give the place another chance. Overall all, I would recommend you visit Twin Sister’s for breakfast one day!
Value: 8/10 (expect to spend roughly $10 a person)
Atmosphere: 9/10 (I really liked the funky atmosphere on the inside and how alive the restaurant felt)
Service: 9/10 (really good service, even though they were busy; would like to go when it was slower just to talk with the wait staff)
Taste: 7/10 (now this could be artificially low just because my pancake didn’t deliver; I am going to go back and see what another dish tastes like!)
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