I had just seen it reviewed on "Check Please!" (TV program) and it looked delightful - the lobster roll looked mouth-watering and everything that was said about it sounded so appealing. I actually decided the very next day to go for lunch, and even got there 20 minutes early as I had thought parking would be a problem (it wasn't - there is a small parking lot adjacent to the Tin Muffin Cafe, which was perfect). It is prettily laid out, plenty of outdoor seating, and inside too, you can tell they take a lot of pride with it - it's definitely got a welcoming atmosphere with nice decor.
The service was excellent - I was the only person there so I guess if it hadn't been good, I would have had a real problem with them! I was disappointed when I was told that the lobster roll was not available that day (I didn't even see it on the menu, so maybe it no longer is offered at all? Just a shame that this was highlighted on Check Please! and that was the actual reason I went there). I was told there were several different quiches instead - but I decided on a chicken salad sandwich at $10.95. It was nicely presented, but I have to say that the amount of actual chicken salad IN the sandwich was negligible - maybe a teaspoon in each section, if that. There was lettuce and tomato etc., but I think only two bites in each quarter had chicken in it, but the bread was fresh - so overall it was OK. Just for that kind of price, I'd expect more actual chicken in there. Very disappointing.
I ordered some chocolate cake to go - it was quite good. Not outstanding, and nothing I'd drive up to Boca for, just quite good (Cheesecake factory's is better). I was surprised at the check - two amounts were written on there $10.95 for the sandwich and $6.50 for the cake, and the total $18.50. Nothing about taxes or anything like that - and I always like to tip on the pre-tax amount, so I found it misleading. Most people no doubt will tip on that total that they are given, and that isn't right. I could have added it up myself I suppose, and worked it out that way, but I just couldn't be bothered. I just left a $20 note (they only take cash or check, no credit cards) and left. They should put the pre-tax amount on there and put what the sales tax is. I don't like that they didn't - it just didn't feel professional. I know it's all about home cooked food etc., but it's still a business, still a restaurant, so you need to put the subtotal on there, the tax, and then the total. Not a huge deal, but it bothers me.
It wasn't a terrible lunch, but it wasn't what I was expecting, and I wouldn't go back, not even if I was hungry and driving right past it. There are plenty of other places to go where you get real value for money, and don't leave hungry (like I did).
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