First things first, Boca has officially made the Top 5 Breakfast and Brunch list. Boca is a true gem for many reasons but the top reason has to be because it is a farm to table restaurant. All of their ingredients are provided by local farmers. Additionally, you can purchase items from their market; they even have fresh basil on the table (which you can also purchase). There are two locations in Tampa, one in the Brandon area and one in the South Tampa area. We have ordered out for dinner and eaten lunch at the S. Tampa location but never experienced brunch. A BOCA brunch is an experience you have to have.
This trip we visited the Brandon location for brunch. It has a nicely sized bar to enjoy your unlimited mimosas ( Sat & Sun only) or a cocktail of your choosing. There is also a living wall which features several types of lettuce which is used in the salads. Lastly there is a small market and veggie stand at the register.
If you’ve been following my blogs you probably already know what I ordered…Eggs Benedict! There were only two options for Eggs Benedict on the menu: BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict and BOCA Eggs Benedict. I opted for the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict and my friend had the latter.
BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict
My Eggs Benedict was great it was served with two poached eggs on top of pulled pork served on jalapeño & cheddar toast topped with cilantro lime hollandaise and house hot sauce served with a side of potato hash. There is a little kick so if you can’t do spicy at all this isn’t a dish I’d recommend ordering, but if you like a little spice this is perfect.
BOCA Eggs Benedict
I didn’t have the BOCA Eggs Benedict but will definitely try them next time I go for brunch. It is made with Mesquite smoked ham, two poached eggs, hollandaise served on Cuban Bread and served with a side of potato hash. My friend said the only downside to this dish was how thick the cuban bread was.
My husband ordered the BOCA Cubano which is a monster of a cuban sandwich. This baby is stacked with smoked ham, pork & soppressata, sweet onions, gruyere cheese, Urban Canning German IPA mustard and a garnish of a cherry tomato and a freshly pickled pickle. His facial expressions (which there is no emoji to satisfy this look) said “life”–meaning nothing greater. The mustard was so pleasing he insisted on requesting more. His only feedback is that he wished the pickles were actually in the sandwich not on. This Boca attempt at this Tampa original sandwich is good enough to keep up with the best of them.
Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Pancakes
I absolutely love when a restaurant is kid friendly. My daughter ordered the chocolate chip pancakes topped with chantilly cream and served with a size of mixed fresh fruit. Boca also made a rosemary infused maple syrup that is absolutely to die for. (I poured it all over my potatoes) Here is my daughter before she demolished her pancakes, she absolutely loved them.
And last but certainly not least….the star of the show
Fried Green Tomatoes
Baybee!! Honey, Honey, Honey!! These fried green tomatoes are probably the best I’ve ever had. They are knee slapping, jaw dropping, mouthgasmically good. The tomatoes are coated in bread crumbs and deep fried then topped with pimento cheese, tomato jam, bacon, micro greens and garnished with a balsamic glaze. The tomato jam is slightly sweet which is balances nicely with the pimento cheese. The portion is perfect for an appetizer but can be paired with a small salad for a nice lunch.
I will definitely be back for brunch to enjoy some unlimited mimosas and to try something new on the menu. I definitely recommend that you try Boca’s Brunch if you are in the Tampa area.
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