The Oxford Exchange describes itself as “a place where community happens.” Located beside the University of Tampa in Florida, the Oxford Exchange provides a small bookstore, coffee bar, home decor shop, restaurant, and a quiet place to work. I decided to visit the Oxford Exchange after hearing a lot of hype over it in the blogging community. Though I was impressed with the food, I left wanting in all other aspects.
I was able to get in for lunch in their main restaurant despite it being very crowded. There are two parts of the restaurant, an indoor option and a conservatory option. However, I found the main dining room to be overcrowded and loud. The cement floor and walls did little to muffle the chatter.
What I did like was the food. I was pleasantly surprised to find the meals to be well crafted and tasty. I ordered the Black Bean Burger with avocado and fried onion spirals. The contrast between the sweet bean and salty onion was very good. I also appreciated the mix of soft and crunchy textures.
As a side for this meal, I chose the spicy sweet potato fries. Though these fries were not spicy, they did have a great flavor. I would definitely recommend ordering these as a side.
The highlight of the Oxford Exchange is definitely their food selections. If I were to visit again, I would make a reservation to eat in the greenhouse for high tea. I have to mention that this part of the restaurant was much more quite as well.
Another small detail about the Oxford Exchange that I appreciated was that they use real books for the check. I thought this was really cute and added a unique element. One of the things I was a little disappointed with was that they didn’t have enough books. They have a small bookstore which is really just a corner, but I liked that they were able to incorporate books into their restaurant through this detail.
Another option that may make the Oxford Exchange more enjoyable would be to try a cup of their specialty coffee/ tea and read a book on one of their cozy leather lounges.
Though I found this place to be a bit overhyped, loud and crowded, I did enjoy my experience. Overall, I found the Oxford Exchange to provide a quaint environment and good food.
Of course, I had to bring a bit of South Florida with me. My pompom flamingo earrings are from Kate Spade. I loved tying in this pop of hot pink with my blush pink bucket purse from Kate Spade. The contrast between the girly accessories and the hipster-esque two-piece was such a fun combination to wear.
Here’s a close up of the earrings. The chain and feet detail is super cute! I just love everything about these earrings so much. Kate Spade, you’ve done it again.
That’s all for my trip to the Oxford Exchange. I would just like to reiterate that I did like this restaurant/ shopping experience, I just don’t think it lived up to my hyped expectations. If you visit, come back here and tell me what you thought! I’d love to discuss it with you.