The Tipsy Boar is a gastropub in Hollywood, FL with some really cool sounding comfort food descriptions on their menu, so that was good enough for us to head down and do a restaurant review. We also liked seeing they had a large craft beer selection. Just barely a block off Hollywood’s Young Circle, there’s plenty of metered lots and street parking available. We got to Tipsy Boar at noon and surprisingly had the whole place to ourselves.
They have a nice large outside patio for dining but we love sitting at the bar for faster service and also to get a better view of the beers on tap. It’s a nice set-up with a long marble bar running the length of the space with lots of dark tones.
In the far back is the kitchen and you can see the glow from the pizza oven. Sitting at the bar, you face a tough selection of 40 beers as well as a full liquor bar.
The bartender was quick to greet us and was more than happy to let us taste a few before we made our final order. Another reason why we like sitting at the bar – FREE BEER samples. Jeff went big with the Harpoon Leviathan ($10.00, 10% ABV) and I went with the Green Flash LaFreak ($8.00, 9.2% ABV). Higher alcohol content beers usually cost a bit more and these seemed to be priced on the higher side. But then we noticed the sizes of the glasses were larger than most tap houses, so the price was really in-line.
Before we left the house, we found a menu online and had a few items already picked out. Unfortunately, the online menu found was outdated and several items were not on the printed menu (bummer). The $9 lunch special menu looked good but we finally agreed on sharing two small plates.
Lamb Gyro Croquettes ($7.00) – Tzatziki, cucumber & red onion. The order comes with four croquettes and they were crisp and fresh. Cutting inside, you can see all of the elements of gyro meat and it did deliver on the gyro taste as well. While it was good, it really was missing some spice or flavor or something to make it really stand out. The tzatziki sauce also could have used a little more garlic, but overall was very fresh.
Crispy Peking Style Duck Wings ($14). This was one of the items we saw on-line before heading down. The dish arrived and something seemed odd. It took a minute to sink in before we both looked at each other and said “these are legs, not wings”. Yep, we double checked and the menu said wings. Or maybe this was a really, REALLY big duck. No matter, they still looked good. These “wings” also had a sweet coating which didn’t seem like the typical Peking Duck flavor and they also could have been more crispy. Might be better to rename the menu item as ‘Sweet Thai Asian Duck Legs’. Call it what you want, we only left bones on the plate.
The lunch crowd picked up quite a bit by the time we left and we really enjoyed the laid back vibe of The Tipsy Boar and the Hollywood Circle area. Service was good and prompt and the food was fresh and flavorful, with only a few tweaks (or wings) needed. Next visit, we plan on trying their pizza. The Tipsy Boar is located at 1906 Harrison Street Hollywood FL 33020.