West Temple’s growth has brought a bright little spot tucked into the corner of the new Westfield Market, The Good Life Bakery Cafe.
You first step into a bright & naturally lit dining area that is definitely minimalist in design. It’s not what I expected, a little bit sparse. It didn’t feel as inviting as I had hoped or make me want to hang out and drink coffee as other bakeries and cafes have in the past, but it’s not stopping me from trying their wares.
First visit: The crowd was light, probably due to my 1:20 p.m. arrival. Ordering was pretty easy. A small menu with additional daily specials was a plus in my book. Though tempted by some nearby pastries I stuck to the plan of testing the cafe portion first. Muffalatta please. Iced coffee too. Both were delicious.
Second visit (two weeks later): Decided to hit them at 12:20 p.m. at the height of the lunch rush time to see how they handled a difficult customer. I purposely ordered, then changed the order entirely, then added a soup at the last moment. The person at the register handled it like a pro. Smiling & polite the entire time, patient with me even as I tried to purposely mess them up a bit. I know the person in line behind me was glad I was done. The chicken salad with cranberries & walnut was yummy on the multigrain bread. Tomato Basil was the soup I threw in and was not disappointed with the choice.
Cost? Not cheap, but not expensive either. For the price, you get what you pay for. And the best part was I left feeling satisfied and not overstuffed seeking a nap somewhere.
Epicurious Spoon Scale: 7 out of 10 Spoons Worth the trip and I plan on returning. After all, I haven’t tried the baked goods yet, but hear great things. And when I do, you’ll find out about it here at CenTexFun.com.