Anything with bakery in its name has to be good, right?
That was my thinking when a couple of us from the Warner Robins bureau headed out last week for a late lunch. Going over a lunch menu is the easy part, but trying to get a few females to decide on dessert is a whole other story.
But I believe the friendly ladies at Kathyrn's Bakery-Caf? on Watson Boulevard have seen more than their fair share of indecisive patrons. We pointed and giggled at the vast offerings in the glass cases, but more on that in a minute.
First, the caf? side of things. Brick oven pizzas are offered throughout the day. Choices include a personal size offering of a Margherita, which includes fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, fresh basil and olive oil; veggie style with sauteed onions, peppers, black olives, mushrooms, mozzarella, garlic and olive oil; and finally, bacon and tomato and pepperoni. Pizzas are served with mixed greens, and all for only $6.25.
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If pizza isn't your thing, you can get a panini - basically a grilled, hot sandwich with your favorite meats and cheeses. I tried the honey-roasted turkey and cheddar cheese panini, set with chips and a pickle. One of my lunch buddies had the veggie panini. We both agreed that while some paninis at other sandwich spots are slathered with butter or olive oil, Kathryn's version is nice and dry.
My panini was simple and delicious, even though I thought some sun-dried tomatoes, mustard or a few other condiments would've sealed the deal. But everything tasted fresh and sat on our tables in less than 10 minutes.
There's breakfast too, complete with fresh baked bagels and the standard eggs, sausage, ham or bacon, biscuits and croissants. A bacon and cheddar frittata for $3.50 is good for breakfast or lunch, which includes a side of mixed greens.
Homemade soups round out the menu. If you want sandwiches, go for chicken salad or an avocado, bacon and tomato concoction, served inside sourdough, croissant, whole wheat, multi-grain, country white or rye bread.
Now for the fun stuff. Kathryn's should definitely be on your list of places to visit if you're in the International City. You can get assorted doughnuts, cinnamon twists and rolls, muffins, apple fritters, petit fours, flavored croissants, danishes, oversized brownies, caramel pecan squares and the most delectable, chewy cookies you'll ever put in your mouth.
Their honey buns are outrageously large and taste similar to a really good glazed doughnut. Wash it all down with selections from their coffee bar.
Of course, don't forget about the cakes. If you have an idea for something, take it to the bakery, and they'll see what they can do. Basic flavors are coconut, German chocolate or fudge, carrot, strawberry, red velvet, caramel, apple pecan - you name it. Cakes by the slice are $2.50 if you want to carry away a few.
Overall, Kathryn's is affordable and offers quick service for dine-in or take-out. Staff members are friendly and patient, especially if you're ogling over their trays of desserts.
I only have one concern. Kathryn's used to have these fantastic sticky buns that made your gums pop because they were so rich and tasty. I was disappointed to see they no longer offer them. Maybe there's room for one more item on the menu?
1801-E Watson Blvd.,
Phone: (478) 922-4438
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Payment: Cash, credit cards
Children's menu: Yes
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Noise level: Low
Latest health code rating: 100