I do not drink coffee. Yet for some odd reason I always appreciate a good coffee shop.
tin cup coffee
felt like family
You know that service is going to be fantastic when the moment you walk in, you are greeted, asked how they can help, actually care about your day and then proceed to do all that with a smile on their face. Not just one employee, not just two, but all three I interacted with loved being there. That is an amazing example of creating a workplace that prides itself in service. Seldom is service not a determining factor in the outcome of the overall feel of the restaurant. The food needs to be downright fantastic and life-changing for me to be good with bad service.
I was expecting a much smaller space. The space is large and holds such a huge potential. This coffee shop has the ability to do some amazing things. I found that the pride that each of the employees instill in their work was unique. They each wanted to do their own tasks just a bit better. What holds this place back is the lack of a liquor license. It has a stage. It has the equipment. It just fails to bring in the people because it lacks the booze. I'm going to put this out there, hoping you pick it up (yeah you Tin Cup)... live music for brunch with some spot-on coffee and sparkling OJ. It could be a great way to bring a crowd looking for a little fun without the Mimosas.
The decor is simple. It screams coffee shop. No doubt that you won't be transported to someplace else with this experience. It is made to help you feel comfortable. This is a location where you can plant yourself and just get to the work that you need to do (we all procrastinate, I know). Don't be expecting to take your instagram pictures here.
Don't expect pretty art on top. Don't expect something that is worth sharing photo wise. I mean, it's a coffee place that seems to focus on serving you in every way. They are there when you need them, and know when to keep their distance. I really liked the vibe there. It was so much more calm. It did not have that loud hustle and bustle of people going in and out. Since the space is large, you can tuck yourself away in a corner. Now here is where this review gets slightly different.
This Bahn Mi is good, but it ain't special. It's nothing that is going to change your life. As a matter of fact, it just sort of does the job without complementing anything else. The ingredients used are simple, yet the pork inside carried just enough of its juice to hold it's own. Recently their was a change in back of house staff and from what I hear, things are in the up and up. I want to talk about the in's and out's of the restaurant industry for a moment.
I constantly see new endeavors open up. We in a way, glamorize the restaurant industry. To some, it is a way to express creativity, and to others it is a way to make a bit of money. You have a range of people who all have different goals. The majority are looking for a way to make money, but it is when you find those special few that are honestly invested in creating something more. That is the way I felt about the creative chef here at Tin Cup Coffee. He took the time to come out, express his ideas and even mentioned that he is just getting the hang of things. He took notes and asked inquired on what I thought could change. Within him, I saw someone that actually cared. He wanted to source better ingredients (order the bacon so you can see) so that everything can be a bit more local. What he lacked in experience, he made up with the dream of becoming better.
Overall the food just missed the mark but I feel like it is getting better. It reminded me of what it was like at the root of all creativity. It starts with something simple where you can expand out of. For now, I would stick with the breakfast options. I had two bacon strips and it nearly brought me to tears. Freshly hickory smoked that morning by Giffords bacon and finished on the flat top to create a thin caramelization.
You will be able to find me from time to time - sitting in a booth, drinking some water, working on my laptop and enjoying some bacon. Feel free to say hi.
Location: 138 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203