This blog is post is certainly a long time coming. I’ve been frequenting Bokampers since 2008, back when I lived in Davie, FL and was new to the area and happened to stumble upon their flagship location in Plantation. It was the hot spot to go, with its many flat screen TVs, great food, and the allure of “The Beast Burger Challenge,” a 4lb blend of beef, 8 slices of applewood smoked bacon, 4 slices or american cheese, 4 fried eggs, not to mention fries on the side. One hour to devour it all and it’s free, plus you get cemented on their Wall of Fame. Having been sheltered most of my life, I was mesmerized by the creative concept – I certainly had never seen anything like it in the boring suburbs I grew up in. Week after week I watched as men (sadly yes, it was never a woman who attempted, at least from the ones I saw) tried but couldn’t finish, while at the same time I watched as my beloved Eagles suffered the same fate of failure. I wish I had this amazing story where I stepped in and attempted the challenge and I could tell you all about how I conquered it, but unfortunately I was a different Jill back then and hadn’t quite embraced the charm of my disgustingly huge appetite. I digress. What I’m trying to say is that yes, they play every single NFL game. Yes, they have fantastic food (which has only evolved in those 9 years as you will see). But one other thing that really stands out to me is that vibe, that excitement we would get as we all crowded around a Beast challenger. Even if no one is attempting that challenge that I could now easily do in my sleep, that spirit of fun and wonderment is always there at Bokampers, no matter what location. I was invited in to taste some of their food, and I’m really excited to finally be writing about this place that means so much to me.
I had to start off with a dish that I order almost every time I am there – it’s that good. The Sriracha-Spiced Tuna Wontons, with Japanese Wakame salad, teriyaki and wasabi dressing, are one of the best and most unique ways to eat raw tuna. I think I like them so much because they may be my food spirit animal – sweet, but brings the heat.
Peruse the menu, and you’ll see a pretty simple description of Bo’s Bangin’ Shrimp. To quote, “ranch sauce & toasted sesame seeds.” Do NOT let that fool you! It is SO much more than that. This is good quality shrimp that is fried to pure perfection and tossed in the most delicious sauce. Giants fans may not understand what this means this season, but it’s what my Eagles call a “touchdown.”
While I have a special place in my heart for the Plantation location, the FTL Bokampers has matured just like I have (omg stop laughing!). Not only does it have a beautiful Intercoastal view, it also has a Raw Bar and a Sushi Bar. SO fancy. See how much adulting we’re both doing? I had to go for my favorite roll, the Miami Vice – seared dry rubbed tuna, mango, pineapple, cilantro, cream cheese and masago. Saving your carbs for the beer? Any of their rolls can be ordered riceless. Bokampers is super accommodating. Which is more than I can say for some of these NFL refs.
There are a few staples that you cannot watch football without: beer, your good luck jersey, a friend who will bail you out of jail if needed (ummm or is that just Philly fans?) and WINGS. Bo’s Killer Wings can be tossed in a variety of sauces – mild, medium, hot, scorching, honey BBQ, tangy Carolina BBQ, sweet & spicy or mango habanero – and served boneless or traditional. I took the recommendation and went after the Signature style – medium, bbq and garlic sauces. Good thing I did; I don’t know if I ever would have thought to combine the three, but it was delicious! The wings are truly grilled to perfection as their menu promises. I like my wings like I like an Eagles victory: well done. These are my Carson Wentz of wings: living up to expectation.
IDK what makes me happier, this dish, or my favorite romper from Kimchi Blue, via Urban Outfitters.
They have Loaded Fries on the menu. Did anyone really expect me to come here and NOT order it?! I’ve honestly found since I’ve moved back here from Dallas that not many places do loaded cheese fries. It’s all about Truffle Parm fries for some reason, which is okay, but sometimes a girl just needs a plate full of comfort in the form of fries, cheese, and bacon. Because calories don’t count on football Sunday!
Dessert at Bokampers is like Overtime in that it gets what most of my ex-boyfriends, college professors, and cholesterol level can’t claim that they have: my full attention. Don’t tempt me with Fried Oreos and expect me to not order them. No matter what sport you’re watching, these babies are a touchdown. A slam dunk. A homerun. A knockout. A WIN!!
I love this place. You will too. Whether your team is doing well or not, this one will make you feel like a winner.
***I received complimentary noms in exchange for this post, however, you cannot bribe me with food, so all opinions are my own.