Boca: Open Wide

Sunday Brunch. I really need to put together a list of favorite places for Sunday Brunch as well as places that serve both breakfast and lunch on Sundays.

We wanted to try something new, so we headed over to Boca at 10:00am this past Sunday.

One of Asheville’s newer restaurants, it’s located on N Lexington Ave., next door to Mela (Indian Restaurant). Convenient since Anoop Krishnan, co-owner with Markus Procida, is also the owner of Mela.

Interesting to note is that someone who effectively operates an Indian restaurant can do just as well with a Latin-inspired eatery such as Boca. Hiring Chef Stewart Lyon as your Lead, doesn’t hurt either.

It was a beautiful day, so we chose patio dining along with everyone else. Bordered by a subtle water feature, approximately ten tables fill this cheery space.


Inside is like a neighborhood bistro and features a bar and open kitchen at the far end.


With the exception of not telling us about that day’s specials before we ordered, our server/service was good.

We did read through the specials on a board outside the front door before heading inside and one appealed to PIC. He ordered the Breakfast Quesadilla ($8) This puppy was stuffed with eggs, Pico Queso (a cheesy Pico de Gallo sauce), Bacon and Sausage. Vegan Sausage was available. Taste options were plentiful with Guacamole packing a mild kick, Salsa Ranchera and Sour Cream served on the side.


Eggs Barbacoa ($9) caught my attention immediately. How could you go wrong with marinated, slow-cooked pork over medium cooked eggs, served on top of spicy Salsa Ranchera and Black Beans with tortillas on the side? Topping the dish were fresh Pico de Gallo and crumbled Queso Fresco.

Mixing tender, flavorful pork I could cut with my fork with runny egg yolks and cooked whites along with the many other flavors and textures in this dish was a sublime dining experience. Just delicious!


Along with my egg dish, I had their just- fresh-squeezed Orange Juice. If you like pulp, this is the place to get your juice! Loved it.


Epicurean Notes:

Dining on the patio was great except we were forced to play “Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me” beginning when our food arrived – ending with removal of our plates. Surely there must be some kind of camouflaged contraption they can mount on a wall to handle this issue.

As we were leaving, we noticed the price had dropped by $2 for the Breakfast Quesadilla. We understood it was toward the end of breakfast hours, but it was a little annoying none-the-less.


68 Lexington Ave N
Asheville, NC 28801

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