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“Urban Revival” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tin Front Cafe - CLOSED

Tin Front Cafe
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Located in the heart of Homestead's historic shopping district, the Tin Front Cafe is proud to serve its community and beyond with espresso, food celebrating local seasonal bounty, wifi access, and space for ideas and conversation to grow.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Urban Revival”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

After the launch for my book about the Homestead Strike of 1892, family and friends came to the cafe for a celebratory dinner. Even though more people came than I had made reservations for, the staff was unflappable as they set up seating on the patio. Bar service was slow, probably because the server was overwhelmed by so many people coming at once. The food was very good, and the ambiance even better. The owner's iron sculptures grace the patio area; the bar from Chiodo's Tavern (wrecked for a Walgreen's) provides service for wine, beer, and espresso. This cafe is a welcome oasis from the cookie-cutter corporate stores and restaurants in the Waterfront complex, which is located where the Homestead Work of US Steel once stood.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Vigaglum
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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  • English first
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A surprising Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

I recently went with family members before a performance in the area. The menu is quite interesting and surprisingly not expensive. Although the menu has a deridingly southern emphasis with black eyed peas and collared greens, baked Mac 'n cheese, cheese grits, etc., the owners are not from the south and state they have tried giving it an Ethiopian slant. It was southern to me.

That said, the food was very good. I had the black eyed peas, collard greens and cheese grits and was quite pleased. We had a hummus appetizer which was well worth it. Beers are served in a copper mug. My family members all enjoyed their meals ranging from butternut squash lasagna to spinach or broccoli quiche. Everyone left satisfied. The next time we go, I must try one oftheir homed fruit-infused vodkas.

All-in-all, it's great to see a bohemian type place make it's home on the main strip of Homestead away from all of the expected commercial establishments nearby on the Waterfront Development.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bornintheburg
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Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very good vegetarian options with a bar for your bloody marys with breakfast!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

The Tin Front is a funky independent family owned and operated restaurant. I have been ther for breakfast on Saturday's on several occasions. While the food is always good the service is a bit slow. But it is really nice to be able to have a bloody mary with breakfast!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Formerlykathy
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Akron
Level Contributor
108 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“So Yummy - a must when we return to Pittsburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

We did a search in Pittsburgh for vegetarian restaurants during a weekend trip. Little trips and locally owned do not scare us away. We arrived to a clean space with friendly wait staff. Sunday is a brunch. There were sides and pastries with juice, teas and coffees set out on the bar. There was a combo of hot and cold good, the vegetarian chili and roasted potatoes were so yummy, as were the vegan no-egg muffins. Our main course for lunch including the bar eats was so yummy, that it took sheer will power to push the food away. The owner was manning the cookery kitchen store, and we had a delightful and pleasant conversation and I was excited to go home with a purchase. We were concerned when we walked in because there were only two other customers, but were so glad we gave this cafe a second chance because it was so good. We plan to go back during dinner, it is a plus that they have a full bar. The restrooms were clean and well-stocked.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dallamjm
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Dont let Vegetarian scare you away, the food is exceptional!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2011

On a recent Saturday night, we ventured down to boarded up Homestead, past site of a thriving steel mill, now suffering the depression and poverty that is the norm now along the Monongohela River in Western PA. Driving along Eighth Avenue, you would never expect to find this little bit of wonderful, but there it was: Tin Front Cafe.

Tin Front Cafe has charm, a community feel, and some of the best food anywhere. Fresh, quality foods are prepared with panache to order by the chef. The waitstaff too is communal, with the owner taking an active role in serving you along with waitress and bartender.
The bar has alcoholic and nonalcoholic libations. Dont miss the wonderful coffee. A DJ spun superb Jazz tunes, as it was Saturday night. Next door is the Annex Cookery, a kitchen-food shoppe that was unfortunately closed by the time we got there.

My S.O. ordered the four cheese Mac and Cheese and was delighted. Loaded with oozing, gooey cheese, accompanied by soft, cream sauce, S.O. exclaimed delight. I dug into Stuffed Eggplant. The eggplant layers were sauteed rather than fried, gooey ricotta and parmigiana regianno intercollated between. The dish was finished by a snappy marinara sauce.
Thanks to the owners for investing in the revitalization of Homestead. Thanks too for reminding us all that Vegetarian food is wonderful. All this in the middle of a town reared on Roasted BEAST.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank starz1343
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