Wednesday, August 10, 2011

8/9/11-Joe's American Bar & Grill, Providence, RI

This small-chain restaurant used to have a location in West Hartford and I have a funny memory from the last time I was there--I was out on a dinner date with my then-boyfriend and his mother called him and ordered him home because she didn't like that he was out on a date--we were both in college. Yeah, that relationship didn't last much longer.

This location is as classy as I remember the one in West Hartford being--it is the kind of place I'd imagine power business lunches taking place because of the dark wooden decor, vintage pictures and local reminders such as the Providence College oars mounted on the wall. Even the bathrooms are classy and well-kept!

Jill and I stopped in for lunch on our day trip to Providence and we started with the spinach and artichoke dip, served with pita and tortilla chips--what a huge serving of the dip! We definitely needed more chips in order to finish the bowl of dip (which we were unable to do!) but otherwise, it was hot, bubbly and delicious. For our lunches, Jill had the California Club Salad--very large portion but she found it to be overdressed so ordering the dressing on the side would be an idea for next time. I had the Chicken Club Sandwich, which was nicely stacked and presented, perfect for a light yet satisfying lunch. A nice stop for the both of us--and I am happy to report, a better memory than my last visit :)

8/5/11-The Homestead Rest, Sparta, NJ

On our way out of town for the weekend with friends, we stopped at this popular local joint. It is adorned with photos of horses, riding gear and above the mantle is a gigantic set of horns--this place is both country AND western! They had a large, lively bar area filled with people, but we were interested in the food!

We were quickly seated at a table and drink orders placed. For our dinners--Jill had the Homestead Burger-with bacon, american cheese and fried onions, served with their house-made chips and a pickle spear. Tom had the Cheyenne Chicken Fried Steak-- Smothered in sawmill gravy & served with mashed potatoes & string beans-- he enjoyed the white gravy that coated the entire dish and it was such a full plate he couldn't finish it all! I had the Fistfull of Dollars burger--Gruyere cheese, onion rings, lettuce, tomato & chipotle mayo-- I enjoyed this burger, it was cooked to my liking and gruyere, while it is so underused, worked really well on this burger.

Overall, a nice stop on our way to our destination--good food, clean bathrooms and prompt service.