Boca Kitchen Bar Market in Winter Park has been on my wish list for quite some time and we just never seem to get there. As I was exploring the menu on the Bite30 Orlando event I came across their special lunch menu for the promotion and suddenly Boca skyrocketed to the top of my must-go-to list. Bite30 was a program that ran through the month of June focusing on local restaurants. Boca offered a $15 lunch menu as well as a $30 special dinner menu. We stopped in for lunch.
For $15 per person, Chad and I were treated to a choice of three appetizers, three main entrees and three desserts. The three appetizers included a bowl of soup, a garden salad or edamame hummus. We settled for a garden salad and the hummus to split. (The soup was a rabbit stew- not exactly our thing.) While the hummus was very good, I am not sure if it was actually edamame hummus or if it was just the normal chick pea version as it tasted just like an original style hummus. However, make no mistake, I love hummus and this was delicious.
For our entrees, Chad chose the flour+water+tomato+cheese option which was actually a tomato and cheese flatbread. The sauce was made with San Marzano tomatoes, in my opinion the tomatoes with the best flavor for sauces. The crust was perfectly golden, an excellent menu choice, especially for a casual lunch.
I went with the Raspberry Shrimp Salad, something I was told is very popular with the ladies. (I guess men aren’t man enough to order a salad with fruit?) I enjoyed it. The pieces of shrimp were huge, sprinkled with a handful of fresh raspberries and lightly tossed in a berry vinaigrette. Another amazing option for a casual lunch.
Dessert is really where Boca took lunch to the next level. First, Chad got the Chocolate Lava Cake.
Lava cake is always good, especially when you cut your fork right through the center and hot molten chocolate flows out onto the plate. That’s chocolate Heaven right there folks.
However, the Beet Cake was over the top delicious. Think carrot cake but with beets instead of carrots. It was spicy and sweet with cream cheese frosting and crunchy pepitas. Perhaps one of the most unexpected and amazing desserts I have ever experienced. Of course, I do tend to be a little biased towards anything with beets.
I highly recommend Boca for an amazing lunch. And even though we ordered off the Bite30 special menu (which ended June 30), everything we ate is also on the regular menu. Be sure to check out the grow wall where the very greens you are eating in your salad are grown on a wall right in the middle of the restaurant. What a fun concept. I wonder if they allow you to choose your lettuce like you would choose a lobster from the tank of a seafood restaurant? I don’t know, I didn’t ask.
The dining space is tiny though, so expect a wait during the peak dining hours. And DO NOT pass up the Beet Cake.