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“A Secret” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tin Muffin Cafe

Tin Muffin Cafe
364 E Palmetto Park Rd, Ste 3, Boca Raton, FL 33432-5000
561-392-9446
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Ranked #10 of 624 Restaurants in Boca Raton
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Minneapolis
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This place is off the beaten path but a must try. One of my favorite places for lunch. Always busy. They are famous for their healthy sandwiches and salads.

Visited September 2012
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Norfolk, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Charming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

Everything is made to order. The muffin accompaniment was delicious. You can sit inside or outside and we chose inside.

Visited July 2012
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Coral Springs, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Love their food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Fresh Provence stlye cafe with great food. Great Quiche, homemade muffins, and desserts along with fresh juices. Only open for a few hours daily and worth checking out what they are .

Visited August 2011
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boca raton, florida
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“Amazing Fresh food and desserts!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

The shrimp salad is delicious!! I also had coconut cream pie that was out of this world!!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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florida
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87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Disappointing, underwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

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).

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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