Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry has been a Boca Raton favorite since 1985. On a recent visit for breakfast, we found the food didn’t really impress us as much as the décor and menu descriptions. This particular location is only open for breakfast and lunch and usually is quite busy during peak times, so be prepared for a wait.
Located in a tiny strip mall off some of the main roads, you can have trouble finding this place without a GPS. The building is very plain on the outside and you would never guess there is a restaurant in there if you are just driving by. Didn’t help that several letters were missing from the sign on the building – Where’s Vanna White when you need her. Parking was easy today as we got there a bit early for breakfast. Once you walk through the front door and take a look around, the plain front of the restaurant is forgiven. It’s as if you stepped inside of a log cabin with wood walls, wooden tables and chairs and wooden booths. There are cool things all over the walls that give you the feeling you are back in time. Very nice job on the décor.
We were seated at a booth and began to look over the menu. The menu is quite large with many different breakfast options. We did notice that the menu online says that waffles and pancakes are only available on weekends, but don’t recall seeing it on the printed menu.
They have your omelets and eggs here like most places and have a few special items that stand out like the croissant French toast and cinnamon bun French toast. They also have ‘breakfast skillets’ and ‘breakfast pots’ that are layered with all kinds of ingredients and served in said skillet/pot. Our server was quick with our drink order and our food didn’t take long to come out of the kitchen.
Jeff chose to go all in and ordered the Breakfast in a Pot – three meats (bacon, ham and sausage). Not only do you get all of those meats in the pot, but you get two buttermilk biscuits topped with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and melted cheddar cheese. While this sounded great on the menu, when it arrived we felt that it actually lacked flavor. The gravy was very bland and was made out of sausage links. It was as if they made the gravy by itself and just added the sausage in after at the end, missing out on all of that flavor from the sausage drippings. They loaded on the cheddar cheese, which Jeff really liked, but it was kind of all clumped into one area rather than melted through the pot. The problem with the breakfast pot is that everything blends together and you just have the same flavor after you get through the top layer of cheese. Maybe if the sausage gravy had more of a kick, it would have been more enjoyable.
I ordered two eggs over medium with bacon, sausage and home fries. The eggs were good and cooked as ordered and only needed a little salt and pepper. The home fries were deep fried cubes that had a strange taste, like something out of a freezer and we didn’t like them. The bacon was not only thin, hard and old, but it lacked any flavor and just was a greasy mess. The sausage links were the bright spot of the dish and had lots of flavor. The biscuits were very dry and crumbled too easily making them very hard to eat.
The service through breakfast was good and while we were at the register settling the bill, Jeff noticed the HUGE meringues in the display case. These were as big as his head! He thought this would be a great way to make up for the less than enjoyable breakfast and added one to the bill to eat later at home. Turned out to be a really good choice – the meringue, not the breakfast.
Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry is located at 1759 NW Boca Raton Blvd Boca Raton, FL.