Until a couple days ago, I thought this was just a bakery. Turns out, that's just part of their business. Don't get me wrong. I didn't think it was just any bakery. I knew it was The Swiss Pastry Shop. But I thought they just served cakes and cookies. Apparently they also serve huge, delicious breakfasts, at low prices.
The Swiss are notoriously famous for their Pope Patrol, neutrality, and country omelettes (French for omelet). Because I couldn't convince the waitress to dress in a swiss guard outfit, and because I had no wars for them to step aside from, I had the country omelette for breakfast. Unfortunately, since it was my first time at the SPS, my knowledge of the portion sizes was limited. I ordered a pastry to go along with it and had enough food to feed the entire population of Swissies here in Texas.
When you walk into the SPS, you will instantly be taken over by the essence of baked goods. Instinctively, you will gain five pounds of anticipation weight. It's like the bars that pre-clear your credit card for $300. I heard about them from a friend.... The breakfast crowd was sparse on the day I went, so I didn't have to share the smell with many people. But I imagine there is a crowd on weekends, so plan accordingly (nostril funnels so you can bring in more scent).
The country omelette is named so, because it is the size of the country of Switzerland. Inside it are unaccounted for funds, chocolate, and great skiing. Plus some potatoes, cheese and ham. It also comes with a side of toast or biscuits. I chose toast but never made a dent in it. I'm sure it tasted toasty (this type of description is probably what has kept the Star-Telegram from asking me to take over as restaurant reviewer).
The omelette was terrific, with perfectly prepared eggs (not overcooked, no runny juices) and the chunks of inside stuff were all appropriately sized. I think the total for the omelette was less than $4. All the money you save can go into your secret account.
I also had a fruit pocket or some similarly named item which is basically a pastry with fruit in it, but in a different form than a kolache. Mine was apple and it was great. An obviously fresh pastry is such a treat and it really washed down the omelette.
So to summarize, the food was good, the smell was good, the service was great, and the prices were cheap. There were some downsides, however. Nobody dresses like the Pope Patrol. And I think Dan Brown was in the corner, writing me into his next book. Somehow I helped the Catholics hide their secrets in fruit pockets.
If you've been to the Swiss Pastry Shop and have other recommendations let me know.
The Swiss Pastry Shop is located at 3936 W. Vickery.
Coming up, I've got reviews of King Tut and my dinner at Paco and John, Mexican Diner.