The farm-to-table restaurant concept is a favorite of mine. In general, farm fresh produce tastes altogether better, and I love the idea of supporting local businesses and farms.
Recently I had dinner at Boca Hyde Park (Kitchen Bar Market) and was impressed with the way they’ve incorporated sustainable ingredients rom local growers throughout their menu, from cocktails to desserts.
Boca has an appealing exterior and once inside, I found everyone working there equally inviting. The atmosphere is rustic and long, communal tables are great for bigger groups.
I started with a Hot House Collins cocktail. Any drink containing jalapenos will always get my vote. It was spicy, sweet and refreshing all at once. At $10, it’s a little pricey for a cocktail but I saw they have a happy hour with great prices on cocktails from 11a.m.-6p.m. daily.
My old friend Megan, blogger for I Run For Wine tried the Watermelon Granita. For me this was too sweet, but that’s not a complaint, just a personal preference. I did, however appreciate the pretty pink hue off this drink.
Megan and I used to work together in Orlando in the resort industry. It’s pretty random that both of us ended up in Tampa, both of us blogging. While there’s a lot we have in common, what always brings us together is our ever-lasting love for food. Well, that and wine. The two off us are both always willing to try any (food) once and with that in mind, we ordered the Blistered Shisito Peppers.
These Blistered Shisito Peppers were really incredible. They had a flavor that was somehow smoky and fresh and were topped with a roasted red pepper sauce and sprinkled with black lava salt. They had the addictive quality of French fries. Apparently only one of every 12 of these is super hot – and yes, I got the one in the bunch! I didn’t mind, though.
Next we shared the Mason Jar Spreads and Breads. There was a dolce bleu cheese and walnut spread, a chorizo and citrus hummus and an arugula pesto. The spreads were good and the highlight was the hummus. It had an amazingly bright flavor. I dominated the little ramekin full of it and still wanted more. I kind off wished the bread was warm or at least soft, but before I could lament that for too long, it was time for the entrees.
I had the Nor Cal Flatbread with pulled chicken, artichoke, spinach, goat cheese, and pomegranate syrup. It was really tasty and SO big that it’s good for sharing; I would recommend it as an appetizer for four or five people.
My dining date had the Yellowfin Tuna with Moroccan vegetbales, roasted garlic cous cous, chamoula aioli and grilled Meyer lemon. This was my first encounter with “chamoula aioli” – it had a great curry flavor and in my opinion, t’s what really made the dish.
And for dessert…Berry Cobbler with strawberry ice cream. This just called to me because it sounded like something that would be best served on a farm. It was a good choice! The berries were mutant in size, ripe and delicious, and I liked that there was actually minimal cobbler and more fruit to enjoy.
Boca would be a great place to have a company holiday party or happy hour and we were told they are booking up fast. Call 813.254.7070 to inquire about reserving a spot for your group.
Boca Hyde Park is open for lunch and dinner daily and is located at 901 W. Platt Street, Tampa, FL 33606