One of my favorite past times that’s only grown stronger over the years, has been going out for breakfast on the weekends. While it was a more frequent occurrence in past cities we’ve lived, we’re optimistic now and again that we’ll find a little morning spot to call our favorite. The most recent focus of our quest for satiety was Tom Sawyer, a self-proclaimed “country restaurant” in Boca Raton. I couldn’t put it better myself, what with the wood paneled walls, lantern light fixtures, and checkered window treatments; country is accurate. From the outside, there’s not much to look at, and had I not read a handful of accounts from customers claiming to find some of the best breakfast around here, I’d have had little interest in going in. Once you’re seated, there’s something sort of cozy and welcoming about the place…that is, until the child in the back corner of the restaurant started his terrible twos tantrum. But before our anxiety to escape the high-pitched screams, we had a nice, quiet meal of:
- 2 coffees – A little bold for my taste, but a fine start to things.
- Short stack of Buttermilk Pancakes with Bananas – 2 fluffy, plate-sized pancakes, served with a generous portion of sliced bananas. Fairly standard as far as pancakes go.
- Croissant French Toast – THIS, would be my reason for returning. One of the more interesting items on the menu, I’m still not sure how the croissant came to the form I was presented (large and flat), but I salute the person responsible. Light, crisp, and buttery, this reminded me of the pancakes my Oma* would make. It’s unlike a dish I’ve had at any breakfast place around, and can see myself wanting this griddle delight now and again.
And just as we were nearing the maximum capacity of what our insides could contain, the cries reached their climax and we dashed to the counter to pay our bill, a reasonable $20 with gratuity. It seems we were leaving just in time, as customers started piling in, and we applauded our early timing of 9:15. After leaving, we discussed our thoughts and decided that on a whole, the offerings at Tom Sawyer are customary and would surely satisfy most. I, however, shall continue my search for the golden nugget of South Florida breakfast joints!
Taste - The pancakes are forgettable. The croissant french toast, however, is something to remember.
Atmosphere - With a name like Tom Sawyer, the cabin/country feel definitely works.
Service - Our food arrived at super speed, literally within 7 minutes from ordering, and our server was very friendly.
Price – between $ and $$ = Affordable
Good for… laid back crowd, family, on a budget
Recommend? I’d say if you’re within 10 miles, it’s a good breakfast option. Any further than that, I wouldn’t go out of your way. Also, the earlier the better, especially on the weekends if you’re seeking a quiet and relaxed meal.
Go back? I just might, especially if I’m in the mood for a special french toast.
Overall – Country kitchen decor, affordable prices, and fill-you-up eats.
*Oma = German for grandma… and I should note that her pancakes are still some of the most unique and best I’ve ever had! Like little pillows with a thin, crisp exterior — her secret ingredient [shh!]… yogurt.