Tipsy Boar: A Gastropub Grows in Hollywood

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More than 40 draft and bottled beers, plus a short list of daily specials, are listed on chalkboards hung behind a black-topped bar in between two flat-screen televisions broadcasting the night's games. Walls are lined with slate-gray tiles and eight-foot-tall rectangular windows. The manufactured vintage look seems to be mandatory at gastropubs, and the Tipsy Boar has a few such touches in the brick oven and the chalkboard but doesn't overdo it.

Another must-have in the gastropub formula is pork belly — and this ingredient is scattered throughout the Tipsy Boar's menu. We steered away from the pork belly caesar salad and instead chose pork belly sliders ($10). Three two-bite sandwiches each came with a thick slice of pork belly; crispy, creamy Southern slaw; and a julienne of green apple whose tart, sweet flavor was the perfect foil for the fatty meat.

A duck confit pizza ($13), topped with narrow slices of Brie cheese and a generous amount of torn duck meat atop sweet, creamy mascarpone cheese and caramelized onions, arrived blistering-hot from the oven. The crust was near-perfect.

Amped-up mac and cheese with lobster ($18).
Amped-up mac and cheese with lobster ($18).

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The Tipsy Boar

1906 Harrison St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Hollywood

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The Tipsy Boar, 1906 Harrison St., Hollywood; 954-920-2627; thetipsyboar.com. Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Reuben spring rolls $9

Lobster corn dog $12

Duck confit pizza $13

Chicken and waffles $12

Pork belly sliders $10

Lobster mac and cheese $18

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We tried to order a stuffed turkey burger only to learn it was no longer available. In fact, much of the menu seemed to be in flux. Though the Tipsy Boar opened in mid-January, Sardelli and his chef are still tweaking some items. So many were unavailable on one visit that we found ourselves frustrated with a polite, apologetic waitress. "Tell us what you do have," we had to say. There's a turkey burger, but we opted for chicken and waffles ($12). Two golden-fried, bone-in chicken thighs had a peppery spice with just a hint of rosemary in the breading. Two square waffles had a sweet, crunchy outside with a pleasantly dense inside with the rich cinnamon flavor of the apple-cider doughnuts that any Northeastern transplant will remember from fall apple picking.

Like the lobster mac and cheese, lobster corn dogs ($12) came with plenty of meat, yet the cornmeal casing that should have been fluffy and slightly sweet was a gummy, bland mess. Unwilling to waste good lobster, my guest and I undertook the slightly impolite task of freeing each bit of lobster from its "corn dog" shell.

Sardelli said the changing menu is simply a new restaurant adjusting and getting into a groove. Dishes we didn't try, like sweet and spicy shrimp tacos and a bacon cheddar cheeseburger, have been selling well and will remain on the menu.

"We want to constantly be changing the menu," Sardelli said. "That's the whole fun of it — you see what works; you see what doesn't work. That's what a real chef does."

Young professionals can be stoked that there's finally a cool restaurant in Hollywood — a city that's always had an intriguing assortment of ethnic joints and traditional establishments, not to mention a wonderful absence of chains but nothing that could be described as trendy. And yet, the Tipsy Boar isn't just hipster-friendly. On a weeknight, we found a group of late-20-somethings tossing back beers at the bar, singing with the music, and celebrating a friend's birthday. A few stools away, three professionally dressed women who looked to be in their mid-30s sipped a postwork glass of wine.

Despite an aggressive, decadelong redevelopment program and a constant influx of new restaurants, downtown Hollywood has always felt empty on weeknights and not quite as full as it should be on weekends.

"Right now, it's pretty much stagnant," Blum said, assessing his homecoming. He lauded weekly food-truck roundups at Arts Park (though some restaurateurs have complained it steals their business), saying that anything to bring more attention to the area is a good thing. But otherwise, Hollywood is "exactly where it was a decade ago — there are more buildings but no more traffic flow."

With the Tipsy Boar, South Floridians finally have a good reason to get off I-95 in between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and explore.

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liz-loo
liz-loo

This article just looks like it is written by a friend or someone who went to hight school with one of the guys.  Sorta bounces all over the place.  Not what we have come to expect from the New Times.   

Now the Tipsey Boar. They have a lot of Tap beer there, but not necessarily a great selection.  Seems like they have a lot of the same stuff over and over again.  

The bartender guy is rude, the girl Jewels who works there is great, but the food in inconsistent at best and they are still trying to "find themselves".  House music one minute and a live 70's band the next.    The place will stay busy, like everything else around there, just because of the overflow from Whiskey Tango, but it still needs lots of work if it wants to stand on its own.  Good luck.

 
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