When the Lodge Beer & Grill shuttered its faux-log-cabinesque doors in August, it left something of a hole in the Boca Raton beer scene. In a town that caters to, ahem, a more mature crowd, there aren't tons of places to get great craft beers on tap (Funky Buddha Lounge among the few worthwhile options).
Boca Burger Bar, which opened last Monday in the Lodge's former digs by the same owner, is proposing to carry on the departed bar's habit of stocking better beer than what you can find at your standard tourist trap or chain burger
The debut Boca Burger Bar menu includes a hop-heavy dozen craft beers on tap ($4.99 a pint) -- among them, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Victory HopDevil -- and a handful of bottled beers like Left Hand Milk Stout, plus a small wine list. And of course, there are the burgers.
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The initial menu has 14 signature creations ($9.99 to $19.99) -- the Surf is made with garlic-infused lobster, while the Fat Boy comes with two patties topped with cheddar and other fixings -- and sides like tempura onion rings and the Parmesan truffle fries for which the Lodge was known. Time will tell if this signals Boca's foray into the gourmet burger race that's surging throughout South Florida.
Boca Burger Bar is located at 200 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Despite several calls to the restaurant last Friday afternoon and again on Monday morning, Clean Plate Charlie was unable to reach Boca Burger Bar's manager to pin down the eatery's hours. The website currently says it is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday, but last week, it showed Sunday hours. During a phone call on Monday, a bar employee said Sunday hours were still listed on the door. We'll post an update as soon as clarification becomes available.