Bird Bakery offers red velvet cupcakes and a turkey sandwich

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In the 10 years since TV personality and San Antonio native Elizabeth Chambers and her then-husband, actor Armie Hammer, opened Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights, it’s made headlines. for more than cupcakes, pies and sandwiches.

First was the fun of having a celebrity cafe in town. Then it was the speed bump of getting ripped off by an employee. Then came the split between Chambers and Hammer as a sex scandal torpedoed his career.

Bird Bakery specializes in cupcakes, pies, cookies, coffee, and sandwiches in Alamo Heights.

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But for now, Bird Bakery’s news revolves around red velvet cupcakes, grilled cheese sandwiches and salted caramel lattes. And the news is good enough that Bird Bakery has added locations in Dallas and near Denver to complete the business inspired in part by Chambers’ late grandmother, Maureen Carnathan, who owned a restaurant business in San Antonio.

In 2012, Chambers described Bird Bakery’s country-chic decor of picnic tables, distressed countertops, and rustic wood ceiling beams as a “barnhouse fantasy.” That still applies, even though this barn is parked next to a bunch of tony shops in Alamo Heights.

Best sandwich: I guess it’s a cliche to say something happened all over Hollywood when the avocado and the arugula pop up. But they worked their modest magic for Bird’s California Turkey Sandwich ($10.59 with fries), where the cast included deli-style roast turkey, havarti cheese, bacon and raspberry-mayonnaise. chipotle.

The California turkey sandwich includes roast turkey, havarti cheese, arugula, avocado, bacon, onion, tomato, and raspberry-chipotle mayonnaise at Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights.  Tomato soup can be replaced with potato chips for an additional charge.

The California turkey sandwich includes roast turkey, havarti cheese, arugula, avocado, bacon, onion, tomato, and raspberry-chipotle mayonnaise at Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights. Tomato soup can be replaced with potato chips for an additional charge.

Mike Sutter / Staff

Built on light-grained bread, the sandwich steered all those players into balanced bites that let the peppery arugula, creamy avocado, and chewy turkey play their parts, energized by the sweetness and understated razzmatazz of the spicy- sweet mayonnaise.

Sandwiches at Bird come standard with ridged potato chips and a pickle. But thick, sweet yellow squash and corn chowder and dark red tomato soup were solid substitutes for an extra $2.75.

Spinach and artichoke grilled cheese on brioche bun is one of the sandwich options at Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights.

Spinach and artichoke grilled cheese on brioche bun is one of the sandwich options at Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights.

Other sandwiches: I love a B-list grilled cheese on white bread with American cheese. But I also like a grilled cheese with A-list ambitions. At Bird, a spinach-artichoke grilled cheese ($9.29 with fries) rose to the challenge with a blend of havarti and parmesan cheeses that brought the creaminess of a leader and the quirky funk of a good character on a brioche. toasted with butter.

When you say “lights, camera, tarragon!”, I mean action. I mean Oscar level tarragon. What I got from Bird’s Chicken Tarragon Salad Sandwich ($9.79 with fries) was possibly a candidate for People’s Choice, a moist mixture of chicken and mayo guaranteed to be n offend anyone, with its Dijon mustard-enhanced tarragon character development in full overdrive mode.

Bird’s skinny and bland Chilli Cheese Sandwich ($9 with fries) was like scrolling through Netflix after already binging “Stranger Things.” Just a documentary about a dry lunch box.

Cupcakes from Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights include Red Velvet, front, Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Elvis, left, and Coconut Candy Bar, right.

Cupcakes from Bird Bakery in Alamo Heights include Red Velvet, front, Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Elvis, left, and Coconut Candy Bar, right.

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Instead, I switched to something nostalgic and sweet: cupcakes ($3.50 each). Bird’s Red Velvet Cupcake did what all red velvet cupcakes should do: let the creamy frosting do the talking. And they threw the entire special effects team at the Elvis, stuffed with chocolate chips and wearing a peanut butter pompadour frosted with a piece of dried banana.

Bird Bakery

Location: 5912 Broadway, Alamo Heights, 210-804-2473, birdbakery.com

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 9am-6pm Sunday


The Bird Bakery story may no longer be a romance, but there are still plenty of sweet scenes in the script.

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