Thursday, August 25, 2011

Joe's American Bar & Grill

The second Summer Lunch post this week - that must mean I'm catching up! I spent last Friday afternoon lunching and bridesmaid dress shopping on Newbury Street. The bride-to-be, one of my best friends from college, celebrates another task checked of the wedding to-do list with a giant goblet of Sangria from Joe's American Bar and Grill. We were starved as we strolled down Newbury Street, bypassing longer waits for outdoor seating before deciding on Joe's at its new Back Bay location on the corner of Dartmouth Street. We scored a table in the coveted patio dining area, adjacent to the upper bar. The sunken sidewalk patio is cozy and features a retractable roof. It's perfect if you're not looking to bask in the sun, but still want to enjoy an outdoor ambiance.
Joe's boasts an extensive drink menu, I decided on a Dark N Stormy ($8), with Goslings Rum and Ginger Beer, always a dependable choice. To begin the table shared a Maryland Lump Crab Cake ($10.99) - they do it up right with quality crab meat and barely enough breading to hold it together, and serve it with lightly dressed cole slaw and zesty tartar sauce. Lunch options delighted the group as a whole, everyone cleaned their plates. I was impressed with my Ahi Tuna Salad ($16.99), the inherent freshness and overall execution was spot on. The sashimi tuna graced by a sesame seed crust achieved a perfect sear and was drizzled with just enough spicy aioli. Fresh salad greens were lightly dressed in an herb vinaigrette, topped with ripe avocado and red onions. Joe's American Bar and Grill is a local chain with nine locations in the greater Boston area. Serving straightforward comfort food in an upbeat all-American atmosphere, the Newbury Street location is likely a safe bet for lunch if you're in the area.
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14 comments:

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Glad you had a fun afternoon! We missed you! :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I'll have to remember to check L'Elite for bridesmaid dresses!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

So funny, I totally went to L'Elite to shop with a friend followed by the Met for drinks! Joe's is really a great stand-by. Looks like I should go there for drinks soon!

Elizabeth said...

I love the idea of the sunken patio!

Ameena said...

I love Newbury Street - that's always where I find the best restaurants when I'm in town. The Ahi looks fabulous Daisy!

MelissaNibbles said...

I think Joe's is underrated. Their burgers are fantastic and the bread with the whipped butter is delicious!

In and Around Town said...

I love Joe's new Newbury street space - the "outdoor" area is perfect! I went to L'Elite for wedding dresses and they were great - they knew what they were talking about!

Shannon said...

been there for brunch and it was pretty fantastic! thinking about it is making me hungry :)

kitchenmisfit said...

I love that they have Dark & Stormy's!!

We Are Not Martha said...

Ooh that salad looks great! I never loved Joe's American Bar and Grill, but I have to say, I haven't been these in ages!

Sues

Amber Blue Bird said...

A bride that includes goblets of Sangria on her to do list is my kind of bride

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i sat outside there for dinner a few weeks ago- I loved it! they did a great job revamping the patio space.

Michelle Collins said...

I've actually never been to a Joe's, but that "giant goblet" of Sangria sounds mighty tempting....

Megan said...

Wish you could have come out with us, but it looks like you had fun! I might need to visit L'Elite. I need to get serious about picking out bridesmaids dresses.