901 W Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 254-7070 Reserve now
Cuisine: New American
Features: Late-night dining
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Along with a growing group of Tampa Bay restaurants, the new Boca Kitchen Bar Market isn't satisfied with a little local lettuce and some backyard herbs—it sources locally, Big Time. The locavore fervor wouldn't mean much if what Boca did with all this bounty was ho-hum. Executive chef Ted Dorsey and chef de cuisine Chad McColgin are brilliant. And it's hip. Gordon's old Smoke BBQ has been enclosed, with lots of wood and cozy hightops in the bar area, two intimate dining rooms with glamorous lighting and cool rock posters (Wilco, Flight of the Conchords, etc.). Bathrooms are funky-posh, and there's free valet parking. It feels like the kind of neighborhood cult find you'd see in San Francisco or Brooklyn. The menu's most provocative item is an unspecified "staff meal, $16." With Dorsey and McColgin at the helm, it's bound to be local, thoughtful and, most importantly, delicious.
Hours: 5-11 p.m. Sun.-Thur., 5 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.
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