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Boca Tampa – Review

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If you’re in the Hyde Park area of South Tampa, then you should try Boca.   It is a kitchen, bar, and market offering fresh and local food by using ingredients from nearby farmers.  You can purchase eggs (duck and chicken), cheeses, and wines.  The atmosphere of Boca is more like something you would find in Wyoming or Montana, with a wooden bar, tables, and chairs.  Even the menus are affixed to wooden tablets.  The food is hearty and comforting in nature.  Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, Boca offers a variety of foods including sandwiches (brunch & lunch), salads, flat-breads, seafood, and meats.  My wife and I chose to visit Boca for Sunday brunch.

Banana nut muffins with caramelized apple butter

The Food at Boca Tampa

My wife and I decided to start with the mega muffins.  These vary weekly, but we were served banana nut muffins.  Served with caramelized apple butter, these muffins were large enough to feed us both, with one reserved for the next day.  The apple butter was a nice, flavorful twist instead of regular butter; not to sweet and not to strong with the flavor of apples.  My main course was the bourbon and maple laced French toast.  This was impressive, with the Chantilly cream working wonders.  There was a hint of bourbon in the syrup, which was not very strong because I honestly couldn’t tell there was any in it.  The macerated berries served with the French toast had a strong hint of alcohol.  Very good dish.

Bourbon and Maple Laced French Toast with macerated farm fresh berries and Chantilly

My wife had the corned beef hash with eggs.  This is how corned beef should be, unlike the canned version.  The beef was perfectly prepared, with the right amount of salt.  The duck eggs on top were slightly salty, but added a unique taste compared to regular chicken eggs.  The potatoes that were served with this dish were perfectly cooked and not overly salted.  This dish could be heavy for some people, but if you’re in the mood for good hash, Boca is the place to get it.

Corn Beef Hash with Eggs – smoked corn beef, fresh duck egg, red bliss home fries

Boca Tampa Conclusion?

My experience at Boca was a positive one.  I will have to go back and try their dinner menu.  I do recommend reservations because we arrived at 11 and the place filled up fast.  The parking lot where Boca is located is valet only.  While complementary, I know there are people out there who would like the choice.  If you’re a picky eater, please check out Boca’s menu before hand because they do not allow for adjustments or substitutions, what you order on the menu is what you’ll get.  I will be back for brunch and will try their dinner in the near future.

901 W. Platt Street
Tampa, FL 33606
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