BocadoJessica | September 19, 2010
I’ve actually eaten at one of the newer restaurants on the Westside, Bocado, many times, but have never written a blog post on it. This is partly because ~80% of my visits consist of me ordering their delicious burger.
On one of the most perfect days we’ve had in a while (beautiful weather and the start of college football), Mario and I visited Bocado after GT made a decisive rout of South Carolina State in our home opener. Mario couldn’t pass up the usual burger (no pickles, add bacon), but I decided to step outside the box and try a lobster roll. Now, this is important news because I was just one more bad lobster away from finally conceding that I just don’t like lobster. All my experiences with the crustacean have yielded a lukewarm, slightly rubbery, unseasoned piece of tail meat. I will partly chalk this up to the fact that I grew up eating crawfish, and lobster, I’m sorry to say, is an inferior substitute for perfectly seasoned crawfish. Bocado’s lobster roll, however, turned my assumptions on their head.
Mmmm. This supersoft roll was stuffed to the brim with huge chunks of lobster dressed with lettuce and just enough mayonnaise to bind it together but not so much as to make it messy. Lemon zest was thrown into the mix and really brightened up the sandwich. On our visit, the lobster roll came with tomato bisque on the side, which was also really fabulous–creamy and nicely seasoned. This sandwich single-handedly changed my opinion on lobster. But now I will hold all lobster to Bocado’s standards.
A few of the other things I’ve tried at Bocado on past visits:
Oh, those deviled eggs! I would eat deviled eggs at every meal if it were socially acceptable, and Bocado’s version (prosciutto, pickled red pearl onions) elevated the usually simple hors d’oeuvre into something awesome. I now want prosciutto on top of ALL deviled eggs! The crab “po’boy” (avocado, lettuce, “pickles”, spicy remoulade) was a little disappointing to me. The “po’boy” part is in quotes because it’s really more of a crab cake sandwich than an actual po’boy, and when I ordered one for lunch, the cakes tasted pretty bland to me.
Aside from that one menu item I didn’t care for, my only other complaint about Bocado is the prices. They have a variety of sandwiches available for lunch, but you’ll be hard pressed to get out for under $10. However, the rationale behind the prices is clearly the fresh ingredients, which make a huge difference in quality and taste.