A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to visit Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grill to try out their new “Athlete’s Menu”. As someone who loves a good bar burger while watching a Red Sox game, the truth is that I can’t eat heavy, greasy foods every time I go out to a bar for dinner — but it can be difficult to find healthier options at many sports bars. What’s a girl gotta do to eat a little healthier while still watching her beloved Sox with friends? Why, apparently all she’s gotta do is head to Jerry Remy’s and try out this new menu.
To say I was excited to try out the new offerings is an understatement — I think it’s really great that more and more restaurants are becoming more conscious of offering healthy alternatives to the usual comfort foods. Jerry Remy’s has created a menu that caters to paleo, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan patrons, and it’s not just your usual house salad or bland veggie burger, either.
When Will and I arrived for dinner, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I hadn’t looked at the new menu online, because I wanted to talk to the folks at Remy’s before deciding what to try. Chef Eric came out to speak to us pretty soon after we got there and explained a little bit about the menu. I was happy to hear him say that they wanted to create a menu full of dishes that would leave you energized for the rest of the day, not feeling like you needed a nap after your meal. This sounded just right to me!
For appetizers, Will and I ordered the Roasted Beet Salad and the Kale and Crisp Apple Salad. First of all, both salads were enormous and would definitely be suitable for a full meal. If I were going there again and wanted one as an appetizer, I would probably order one to split between two people.
The Roasted Beet Salad was delicious. It was a mix of roasted red beets, golden beets, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted artichoke hearts, pine nuts, fennel, rosemary, cashew cheese and a light vinaigrette.
You guys. This was absolutely delicious. The mixture of all of the different flavors was the perfect mix of sweet and savory, and it was a hearty salad without leaving you feeling heavy. The cashew cheese was my favorite part — I wasn’t sure exactly what it was so Chef Eric explained that they grind up blanched cashews and mix with a blend of herbs and spices. The flavor was fantastic, and it had the consistency of goat cheese. Double yum.
The Kale and Crisp Apple Salad was good as well, but in a much different way. It was much lighter than the beet salad, something that I’m not sure would hold me over for a full meal. But for a starter, it was crisp and tasted fresh. The salad came with carrots, jicama, toasted almonds, cucumbers, avocado, celery, green onions, red peppers and a lemon vinaigrette. Unfortunately, when we were there they were out of almonds so I didn’t get the full flavor experience of this salad, but it’s an extremely light and healthy choice that I enjoyed.
For entrees, Chef Eric recommended we try the Flat Iron Grass Fed Steak option from the “paleo” section, and the Quinoa Tabbouleh Wrap from the Vegan section of the menu. Unfortunately, quinoa and I don’t really get along, so we opted out of the wrap and went with the Honey Roasted Pork Belly Tacos along with the steak.
Best decision ever! I’m sure that the quinoa wrap is delicious, but the pork belly “tacos” were my favorite thing that we tried that night.
Served with pico de gallo, avocado, grilled pineapple, cilantro and lime and in a lettuce wrap for the “taco shell”, these were incredibly flavorful. The mix of the grilled pineapple with the pork belly and cilantro was absolutely delicious, and I would absolutely order this again (and again). If you haven’t tried pork belly before, you should be aware that it is a much fattier cut of pork, but when cooked right it just melts in your mouth, and this was cooked perfectly.
The flat iron steak caught my eye because the description on the menu told us that the beef was locally sourced and dry-aged 28 days. I knew that this was something I had to try, so when Chef Eric recommended it I jumped at the chance.
The steak was served with grilled veggies and a chimichurri sauce. When the steak arrived, it was beautifully cooked, and tasted wonderful as well. Unfortunately it was a tiny bit cold when it got to us, but that didn’t ruin the flavor at all. In my opinion though, the veggies on the plate stole the show. Generous slices of summer squash, zucchini and peppers lined the plate, and they were juicy and delicious. I had never had a chimichurri sauce before, so I had nothing to compare it to, but it was pretty good. It was a little sweet for my taste, but I think that was just a personal preference. I would have preferred a sauce that was a little bit more savory, but again, that says nothing about the excellent preparation of the food.
Overall, my favorites were by far the beet salad and the pork belly tacos. I would go back and order these two dishes again in a heart beat, and I know that many of my friends would love them too! Not only that, but it was so nice to leave the restaurant full but not feeling bogged by heavy foods — not something that happens often when eating dinner at a sports bar.
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a meal free of charge at Jerry Remy’s in exchange for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Readers: Have you eaten at Jerry Remy’s if you live in the Boston area? Do you have trouble finding healthy menu options at sports bars?