Some restaurants can stand the test of time. After 11 years, My Sister's Caf is still holding on strong - and I have no clue why. With a less than appealing lunch, yard sale dcor and a staff hardly up to par, My Sister's Caf didn't have much to impress me. I'm not expecting gourmet food with five-star service from a side-road eatery in Perry. However, much could be improved - starting with the scenery.
I wasn't quite sure what atmosphere they were trying to set. From what I observed, a country farm theme with a focus on pigs. The place was decorated with two things: the barn-yard print curtains and an array of ceramic pigs. Just when I thought it couldn't look any worse, I caught a glimpse of seasonal wreaths. Christmas, fall, spring - they were all there.
We've all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and My Sister's Cafe obviously listened. Their breakfast is ace compared to the rest of the place. It's hard to find a good local breakfast place. It's refreshing to see that they've still got it. They offer all your basic breakfast foods: eggs, French toast, pancakes or "hot cakes," omelets and breakfast sandwiches.
I ordered the country breakfast plate for $4.89. My scrambled eggs were cooked well, neither runny nor overcooked. The star of this show, however, was the country ham. It was perfectly salted, a little tough but nothing too bad. Something just as impressive was the French toast. Two pieces of sweet, sugary bread can adorn your plate for $2.39. The western omelet ($5.99) was a little runny for my taste but the peppers gave it plenty of flavor.
Lunch on the other hand, was a different story. If my sister fed me food like that, I would disown her. What attracts people must be the buffet - it's quick and easy for a short lunch. Personally, I steer clear of buffets whenever possible, so I ordered from the menu. I did take a look at the buffet and it wasn't offering much - just an array of fried foods. The menu offers different appetizers, sandwiches, salads, fish and barbecue.
Our meal started off with some mediocre onion rings for $1.69. The breading was too soft and not crunchy enough. The salad we had was plain, just your basic iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, ranch and bacon bits. My grilled pork chops were too thin and hardly flavorful. But it doesn't stop there. The mashed potatoes and gravy were even worse - bland and lumpy. The rib plate, $8.74, my mother ordered was disappointing. And the barbecue sauce tasted like they bought it at the grocery store.
In a restaurant full of disappointments, the one thing that stood out was breakfast. Will this hardy morning mealtime keep My Sister's Caf afloat? Only time will tell.
My Sister's Cafe
107 Perimeter Road
One and a half stars
Hours: 6:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Payment: Cash, local check, Visa/Mastercard
Price: $1.19- $9.49
Kids menu: Yes
Noise level: Medium
Latest health code: 97%