Community Table restaurant in Boca Raton is where ‘fast casual comfort food’ meets craft beer. Located near the FAU campus, the concept seems to try and draw in the student crowd, but today for lunch the customers were more 30’s to 50’s.
The menu at Community Table covers a lot of territory. Pizza, wings, pasta, tacos, Panini’s, hot dogs and salads ensure everyone can find something they like. Since we were here for lunch on a work day, we had to pass on the craft beer selection. Ordering was smooth and they use the new ‘iPad’ POS system popping up everywhere (suggested tip and all). The kitchen is open, so you can see all of the action from anywhere in the restaurant.
There are high-top ‘community’ tables to the left as you walk in, but we decided to sit at one of the regular tables to the right. The music was cranked up a bit with hits of the 80’s-90’s which I actually liked for a change. The food is delivered to your table and is brought out as it’s ready. That meant that I was almost done with my Panini when my side of fries showed up. This method worked in my co-worker Chris’ favor as he was able to get a second item while I was still waiting for my fries.
Mediterranean Chicken Club Panini ($6.50) – chicken, bacon, sundried tomatoes, arugula, feta. This was a lot larger than expected and I immediately regretted ordering the fries. While it didn’t look like a classic Panini (more like a wrap or pita), it tasted pretty good. The chicken was sliced and had a nice slightly grilled flavor and the arugula was an excellent green choice. The sundried tomato was missing and replaced with regular sliced tomato, which I can assure you, changed the overall flavor. I liked the feta, but there seemed to be another melted cheese on the sandwich casing a cheese overload. Yeah, even too much cheese for me. The bacon was too thin to really stand out and really could have been left off of the sandwich. The portion was so large, I couldn’t even finish it.
Greek Fries ($5.25). This was a new menu item and I just couldn’t pass it up. This is definitely a dish to share as you get a nice pile of freshly cut fries. They actually reminded me of Five Guys fries, which are amazing. The ‘Greek’ part of the dish was the addition of feta cheese and lime wedges. A nice version, but a sprinkle of oregano or Greek seasoning would have been perfect.
American Dog ($4.00) – with Sloppy Joe & cheddar cheese. The bun was ‘New England’ style and toasted and the hot dog was split and grilled. Chris liked the hot dog, but said he could have done without the Sloppy Joe on top. It was a nice portion as well and is served with what seemed to be fried seasoned wonton strips.
Specialty Tacos (3 for $6.00). Chris ordered one of each and found them to be ‘ok’. They are the size of street tacos, so three might not satisfy a hearty eater (and Chris). After looking at the menu descriptions, the flavor seemed to be a bit on the tame side. Chris’ pick out of the three was the Angus steak. The tacos pictured below are (from left to right): Shrimp Asian style – Asian Slaw& Sririacha Mayo ; Chicken Southwest style – Pico de gallo, sour cream& cheddar cheese ; Angus steak Mexican style – Guacamole, cilantro & pico de gallo.
Service was solid and friendly and the prices were actually quite reasonable. The pizza looked really good and we’d probably try a slice on a future visit.
Community Table – Pizza, Pasta, Pints is located at 1901 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432.