Do you know Joe?

On Christmas Eve, we stopped at Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Hanover location, for a late lunch.

I’ve eaten at the location in the South Shore Plaza, and usually at dinner time. I figured it would be the typical pub-y atmosphere most of the chains have watered down to.

We walk in the door and are greeted by a host & hostess. The host has on a very colorful tie and a suit vest. Snazzy for a pub.

We are shown inside to a booth. There is a white table cloth and cloth napkins. I think we must be in a different chain restaurant then found at the SS Plaza.

Our server runs through the specials that Chef Mike is making today. Mahi-Mahi and some kind of shrimp plate. We are brought half an Artesian bread to sample while waiting for our food.

PBJ ordered the cheddar burger. I ordered the clam chowder in a bread bowl, buffalo chicken tenderloins (appetizer menu) and a side of hand cut fries.

The clam chowder is served in the same Artesian bread. The chowder is very good. Not packed with anything funny, yet creamy with one particularly sandy clam.

The buffalo tenderloins were much different then I expected. I figured I would be served those frozen pieces of breaded chicken with Frank’s Hot Sauce shaken over them.

Nope.

The buffalo chicken tenderloins were skinny chicken strips with a near transparent breading on them. The breading may not have even been there, but there was something keeping the hot sauce sticking to the chicken.

Oh, the hot sauce wasn’t very hot, at least not for those of us with burnt out taste buds.

In terms of the overall experience of the restaurant, we definitely felt out of our league. There was a woman a few tables over talking about taking trips to Monte Carlo.

Whoa.

The wait staff had on bow ties, and combined with the linens, I felt severely under dressed for eating. Not my idea of pub-y, that’s for sure.

If I had a star rating system (which I don’t), I would give it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

  • The service was overly formal for a “bar & grill”
  • there were linens on my table!
  • the bar area smelled like grilled onions
  • prices in line with the bow tie atmosphere

I know that the South Shore Plaza location is much more pub-y then the Hanover location. I’m not sure how this fits into the whole ‘chain restaurant’ thing.

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