With a name like “Just Muffin Around,” there are a couple directions I could take this. I mean, come on. You use “muffin” as a verb, and you’re asking for it. But they’re just so sweet over there that I don’t think the owners realize how funny their moniker is. So I’ll be nice.
This place is a cute little breakfast and lunch spot. Unlike other bakery/lunch places, this place isn’t at all saccharine in decor. The small space is adorned with works by local artists instead of teddy bears and dried flowers. It’s bright and open in a way that defies its cramped quarters.
As for lunch, not bad. The joint was filled with ladies. You know what ladies I’m talking about: those nicely coifed, perfectly pedal-pusher pantsed ladies. Everyone looked like they were ditching out on a church social. And who could blame them? With a wide variety of sandwiches that take two hands to hold, I'd certainly pass up the pastor’s wife’s potato salad.
With a wide variety of sandwiches that take two hands to hold, I'd certainly pass up the pastor’s wife’s potato salad
Tuna salad was, well, tuna salad. Canned mayo never makes a big impression, and neither does canned tuna. It wasn’t bad, and it was probably better than what your roommate makes. I was annoyed because the menu said “made from scratch” and the mayo obviously wasn’t. (But, in all honesty, I may be the only person left who makes mayonnaise from scratch for sandwiches.)
A Southwest turkey sandwich, with green chile, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo, promised punch but managed to come off as benign. If the ingredients hadn’t suggested it would be a spicy number, then the garden-heavy sandwich would have been perfectly enjoyable. But there was little piquancy to speak of. Ladies, and I hate to use Emeril here, but let’s kick it up a notch.
All sandwiches are served with your basic chips, but what really makes lunch tasty is the mini muffin served in each basket. Every day a different bite-sized morsel is baked to accompany the sandwiches. My first visit yielded chocolate chip; my second, lemon poppy-seed. Too damn adorable for words. And so is this place. Just Muffin Around is a sweet little joint that'll satisfy ladies who lunch or anyone looking for a place to take their mom.
The Alibi recommends:
• Chocolate/fruit muffins
• Spinach-Parmesan muffin
• Downtown turkey
Just Muffin Around, 4400 Wyoming NE, 294-0202. Hours: Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Price range: $4.75 (tossed salad) to $7.25 (most sandwiches). Ambience: like an art gallery, but with your grandparents hanging out. Credit cards, takeout by fax, catering.