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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekend Cooking- Boca in Sarasota

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As I type this post, we are watching the local Sarasota news station listening for information on Hurricane Irma. We spent a lovely five days last weekend at our vacation home in that area, and at that time it looked like Irma was going to hit the East Coast, but now it appears that our area on the West Coast is going to take the direct hit. I hope that we have not spent our last time there, it is such a beautiful, peaceful place.

We visited a new restaurant in downtown Sarasota with friends, Boca. I loved the interior design of the restaurant, it has a very hip, industrial, yet warm vibe. Each table had a small herb plant in middle of the table; ours was a fragrant basil plant.
The view of the bar from our table above
Basil Plant

The menu was interesting as well. My husband and I chose to share the Zucchini Fries with a Green Goddess Dip. It was served in a cute little paper bag on a wooden platter.
Zucchini Fries

A couple sitting at a table next to us had the Grilled Hangar Steak Platter and Sweet Potato Gnocci that looked so appetizing that we said "We'll have what they're having". The steak platter came with roasted potatoes and vegetables, and my husband enjoyed it.
Grilled Steak Platter

My gnocci was wonderful. It had chunks of butternut squash and sliced mushrooms in a parmesan cream sauce. I would definitely order that again.

We shared a tasty fruit cobbler for dessert that was served in a small skillet, and even between the two of us we couldn't finish it.
Fruit Cobbler in a skillet
Before dinner we visited the new Westin Hotel rooftop bar, which has a gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay. I sure hope everyone makes it through Irma safely and that we get back there soon.

Boca's website is here.


  1. What a lovely meal. But more than that, what a beautiful place. Fingers crossed it survives. I'm writing this late afternoon on Sunday and haven't seen a weather report for about 4 hours.

  2. The restaurant and meal look wonderful. I hope all is well for you at your vacation home in Florida. I understand because we have a condo on the East coast of Florida.. Let's hope everyone fares well and we have many more wonderful vacations in Florida

  3. Wishing you good luck with the condition of your property! And
    hoping the storm will weaken before doing too much damage to all the others in the city and state!

    We enjoyed a visit to relatives in Sarasota not too long ago as well, and felt the restaurants there were very nice, though I don't think we found the one you featured in this post. Our relatives' home is in danger, but they managed to leave in time and are waiting it out far from Florida.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. I wish them safe travels back and that they find their home in good condition.

  4. Oh, yum - everything looks so good! Sounds like a great restaurant. I am originally from NY state (Rochester) and we sometimes go through Sarasota - will have to look for this one.


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  5. We're praying for everyone in Florida - there are quite a few people up here weathering out the storm. That restaurant looks wonderful!

    1. It was good to see everyone heed the warnings, hopefully they can return home soon.