On Saturday, while the kids and I were out running errands, I told them I was taking them to a restaurant that they had never been to before. Now, Rincon, Georgia is a relatively small town and there isn't a lot of restaurants there that we haven't tried. My husband and I have eaten at Baibry's Coffee and Cafe quite a few times over the last couple of years and have always enjoyed it. But I have never taken the kids there because I didn't know if they would like it and if they would behave once we got there. But, this weekend, I was in the mood for a chicken wrap and pasta salad. I knew just where to go and thought I would take the kids along for the ride.
Baibry's has two entrances and we parked near the back entrance, walking through the courtyard area to reach it. My younger son said it didn't look like there were any restaurants in the complex that is filled with hair salons and other non-food businesses. I just told them to keep walking - they'd find out soon enough. And, when we walked in Baibry's door, they were pleasantly surprised.
Baibry's has the feel of a big city cafe with displays of art work and photography from local artists. Live music is performed at night on the weekends. When we arrived on Saturday around 11:00 a.m., there was a group of ladies hanging out on the couches apparently part of a knitting club, their knitting needles clicking away and their light conversation centered around knitting patterns. We made our way to the front of the cafe to place our order. I ordered both of the kids a turkey sandwich from the kids menu. It came with crackers and cookies of their choice. The young man behind the register showed the boys which cookies and crackers they could chose from. Later, my older son said, "Did you see how nice that guy was? He let us choose these cookies."
My younger son decided we should sit in the back of the cafe at a table with high stools - seating that always attracts him. Plus, he had the added bonus of being able to watch the knitters. He asked if I wanted to knit with them. But, having no knitting skills, I had to decline. My older son couldn't get over the atmosphere, right here in little old Rincon. He said it was "the coolest place ever" and, if it's still in business when he's grown, he will be bringing his children there to eat.
Our food arrived fairly quickly. The kids were in awe of their meals - turkey and cheese on white bread with a dill pickle spear. Yes, they have actually been out to eat before but apparently turkey on white served at Baibry's was more special than anything they had eaten before. I, too, was happy with my selection, the Ranch Chicken Wrap - grilled chicken, ranch dressing, tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers wrapped in a garlic herb tortilla - and a side of spicy pasta salad. My older son finished his sandwich quickly and suggested I go order him another one but I convinced him to eat his brother's untouched half. They've already made plans to return again and eat outside in the courtyard. A pizza will be ordered for my baby. My older son is no fool; he's going to stick to what he knows: turkey on white.
As we left, B declared it the best meal he had ever had. I was just happy that they were so impressed with the atmosphere that they behaved and I could have a meal in peace. As I lay in bed Saturday night, B came to me and whispered, "Thank you for taking me to Baibry's. It was so much fun!" And, if that doesn't give a restaurant the highest rating possible, I don't know what does.
Baibry's Coffee & Cafe is located at Goshen Commercial Park, Suite 109, Rincon GA 31326.
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