Located in Carytown, Richmond, VA, Sugar & Twine is a small but trendy cafe that mainly has pastries, coffee, and sandwiches for sale. The easiest way to get there is by parking at the City Parking Deck (location here) for $1, which is just a 2-minute walk away. If you’d rather keep your buck and skip the garage, you can park for free at a parking lot off of S Sheppard Street, behind Ashby’s consignment boutique (location here).
In this review, I’ll separately evaluate the taste, value, originality, and service, and then provide the overall score. *All opinions are my own and I have no intentions to make false accusations or implications.
To say these were some of the best pastries I’ve ever had would be an understatement. In fact, the food was so good that we came back later to get some more. All of their items are freshly made right in cafe and have great texture and delicious flavor. We ordered a fontina and thyme croissant, blackberry peach hand pie, raspberry ricotta cake, brown butter blackberry muffin, honey lavender coffee, and various cookies (all of which were delicious).
Everything on the menu was EXTREMELY REASONABLE, especially when compared with the taste of the items. For example, the fontina and thyme croissant, large enough to fill up a person in one sitting, was $3 and worth every penny.
We were very impressed with the unique menu. The fact that everything is made from scratch in the very cafe makes it unique, but, additionally, Sugar & Twine offers unconventional coffees and pastries that we had not seen until our visit, along with an abundance of vegetarian lunch options (see sandwich menu in “value” section. If you’re lucky enough, you can even enjoy your food with window seating amongst the buzzy, urban atmosphere.
Service can make or break a dining experience. Fortunately, the service here was just as good as the food. I was a bit overwhelmed by the vast array of options (okay, more than a bit!), but the employees were very patient and friendly with me and helped with my indecisiveness.