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the place Just opened last fall, this high-ceilinged downtown Sarasota eatery is near the busy corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue. Boca projects a sunny, industrial-chic vibe, with big sidewalk-facing windows, walls of wood and unfinished brick, punctuated by hanging herb gardens that emphasize the chef’s dedication to fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

the people Downtownies of all ages gather here: co-workers out for a bite, retirees catching up, power-lunching professionals.

time factor Because dishes are cooked to order, servers warn that some meals might take a little longer than expected. Allow an hour.

the food The seasonal menu features artful riffs on American cuisine. Think crispy zucchini fries, an indulgent grilled cheese with caramelized onions, or a brie and apple flatbread. And don’t pass on the oak-grilled, prime-beef OMG Burger with truffle fries. Daily fish and “staff meal” specials, too.

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