It’s no wonder that Boca Cafe is a favorite among university students and neighborhood residents. Whether you’re here for an all-day breakfast item or a B.L.A.T. sandwich ($8.25)—a tasty riff on traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato with a generous helping of avocado and subtle herb aioli—you’ll find inventive seasonal offerings to choose from.
For example, The Works ($9.99) marries a large, light waffle with thin-sliced ham, a fried egg, thick-cut bacon, melty Vermont cheddar and warm syrup. The fresh strawberry salad accompanying our sandwiches was full of sliced fruit and slivered almonds atop fresh mixed greens (the pale pink dressing seemed a little lackluster, but the salad had good texture). Menu choices with a more international bent include Romesco chicken, a Monte Cristo and an Italian Affamato sandwich ($8.99), filled with ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and sundried tomato marinara. The Sgt. Pepper ($8.35) combines peppered roast beef, sage horseradish, caramelized onions and provolone; and the Cuban ($8.99) is a pressed stack of braised pork, smoked ham, spicy mustard, sweet pickles and cheese.
Lampshades made from coffee cups and graters add a touch of whimsy to the decor, and rotating art on the walls showcases Topeka artists. This is a cheerful and welcoming place for a quick, healthy meal capped off with homemade gelato or freshly baked cake for dessert.