Joe’s American Grill

181 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Way long ago, Elizabeth and I were treated to Joe’s American Bar and Grill, which, as the name might suggest, serves standard American fare. The dinner menu ranges from calamari and nachos for appetizers to meatloaf, mac and cheese, steak, and burgers for entrees. The prices hover in the high teens, and neither of us unfortunately thought that the quality lived up to it.

As an appetizer, we ordered the Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders, which came with loaded with marinated pork, coleslaw, and pickles. These sliders were pretty decent, and packed a lot of flavor into each bite.

We shared the Tuscan Kale and Red Quinoa salad, which came with romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, rum-soaked golden raisins, toasted almonds, and was dressed with a white balsamic-shallot vinaigrette. The quinoa was pretty hidden in the salad, and so the kale dominated most of the dish. It had a sweet and sour flavor that worked, but “it was a bit overdressed,” as Elizabeth pointed out. Definitely not worth $15 (especially given the lack of protein).

Lastly, we shared a grilled fish sandwich, which came with lettuce, tomato, red onion, caper-dill tartar sauce, and garlic dill pickle on a toasted potato roll. This sandwich was also pretty underwhelming and “too plain,” as Elizabeth put it. The only highlight was the potato wedges, which were well-seasoned and fried just enough.

Overall, Joe’s American Bar and Grill has a lot of options that could satisfy a large range of tastes, but I can’t say it’s the most worthwhile find.