The Coastal Star

The Plate: Something that’s better than just desserts

The Plate: Banana cake

The Place: Tin Muffin Café, 364 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 392-9446

The Price: $8; cash only.

The Skinny: For those who like to skip dessert, here’s some advice: You don’t want to skip dessert at the Tin Muffin Café.

This downtown Boca Raton lunch spot delivers on its promise that “Happiness Is Homemade.”

The place is tiny, with 10 tables. It specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches, but the banana cake caught my eye.

This three-layer cake was rich, but not cloyingly sweet. It’s a dense cake, with a fine crumb, and plenty of banana goodness, with spice — I think I detected more than a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cream cheese frosting was decadent, and I happily would have skipped the whipped cream my server added.

I stopped in late on a Saturday afternoon, after I’d eaten lunch.

Next time, I want to get to the restaurant early enough to try some of the tasty-looking salads I saw other patrons nibbling. And, yes, there will be a next time.

— Scott Simmons

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