Chicken Burger – Oxford Exchange

May 28

Chicken Burger – Oxford Exchange

For me, the combination of books and sandwiches is just natural. It is inherent to who I am. Out there in the real world, these two things do not often collide. My personal stars aligned on a recent Sunday when I met a few of my favorite folks for brunch at the Oxford Exchange. This place had been on my radar for some time; I had heard some amazing tales from some friends at Tampa Bay Bloggers. As is often the case, I have a very long list of places I want to visit, things I want to do, and food I want to try. There is only so much time in any given week, and I am always grateful for this “problem.” With all of that being said, if you are a fan of either the books or the sandwiches, get your sweet self over to Oxford Exchange immediately.

My first glimpse. Sign me up.

Two of my favorite people to meet for any meal are my mother-in-law and my husband’s uncle, whom I have claimed for my own. They are the most fun, entertaining, well-traveled folks I am lucky to share a meal with every once in a while. Add the World’s Best Husband to that mix, and we were set up for success. (We four are the “newly wed” and the “nearly dead,” according to the uncle.)

Upon entering the nondescript outer building, prepare yourself for a classy atmosphere that is unparalleled in the Tampa Bay area. I felt like I was in New York or London. The high ceilings were impressive, the tile floors beautiful, and the ambiance equal parts welcoming and fashionable. It is entirely unique. There is a tea bar stocked with locally owned and vast varieties of loose leaf tea. I will need to go back and spend some time in this area of the building.

The goal for this day, however, was brunch. We had made a reservation on Open Table and were seated with a quickness. I would recommend requesting a booth, as it was a bit on the noisy side where we sat (directly in the middle of the room). You may also opt to sit outside in the lovely atrium. We ordered drinks and began the serious perusal of the brunch menu.

 

Salted Caramel Latte= Divine

The in-laws ordered Fresh Fruit Yogurt Parfaits (delicious by all reports) and this Basket of Pastries. Everything had that fresh, made-from-scratch taste that had us all raving.

Per our waitress’s suggestion, Spencer ordered the OE Baked Benedict.  Baked eggs, crispy pork belly, creamed kale, Gruyère fondue, all on an OE English muffin. This was a wonderfully crafted version of that typical breakfast staple. Possibly more than one bite found its way from his plate to my mouth.

The Chicken Burger, like everything else, was taken to the next level. Avocado, jalapeño, tomato, and feta adorned this one-of-a-kind burger. It was distinct, in a good way, and had myriad layers of flavors. The sweet potato fries were good; I did wish for a bit more ketchup or a table-ready sauce option, as I like to be in control of my own condiment destiny.

We browsed at the eclectic gift shop, and made some purchases in the bookstore.  I added Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband to my summer reading mountain; I refrained from buying the following gem:

I am yours, Oxford Exchange. I apologize for taking so long to experience the perfection that is your business. We will all be back, for more gossip, genres, and gourmandizing. We have only just begun.

 

My mother-in-law. Hello, Gorgeous.

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6 comments

  1. It really is such a gorgeous space. Glad you loved it!

    • Sandwich Gal /

      I cannot wait to go back. There were about 14 things I wanted to order.

  2. Everything looks amazing! It’s a good thing it’s in Tampa, because if it were closer to home I may be there way too often. Books+food=heaven.

  3. Sandwich Gal /

    @Amber…it is your cup of tea. Literally and figuratively. 🙂

  4. Tracie Crites /

    Stop it…just stop it. This pregnant gal NEEDS that Chicken Sandwich. My mouth is watering. Yum!

  5. Sandwich Gal /

    Food porn for pregnant ladies!! It was so good, Sis.

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