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Not Your Average Joe's

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

When the first Not Your Average Joe’s opened in Dartmouth, Massachusetts six years ago, it became a near overnight success. Three years later, another opened in Needham and in 1998, a Watertown branch appeared. Just last year, the fourth and fifth locations opened in Randolph and Framingham. This year, a sixth branch is slated to open in Methuen.

This eclectic American restaurant serves a wide variety of entrees, including wood-fired grilled items. The menu includes California, Tex-Mex and Pacific Rim selections.

We visited the Randolph location a few weekend ago. Located just down the street from the new stadium-seating Showcase Cinemas, the restaurant has a cosmopolitan feeling. With large windows, wood-burning ovens, an open kitchen and open ceilings, the restaurant has a spacious feeling.

We started our evening with smoked chicken quesadillas ($5.95) served with Monterey Jack, cilantro and scallions in a flour tortilla and served with a lightly flavored sour cream and grilled corn relish.

The fried calamari ($6.95) was lightly breaded with garlic butter and balsamic vinaigrette, a tasty treat.

The Not Your Average house salad ($3.75 small, $5.95 large) is a fresh sampling of mixed baby greens, red onions, cucumbers, sprouts and carrots.

The wood-grilled sirloin ($13.95) was hardly average. The 12-ounce cut was tender and juicy with red pepper mashed potatoes and fried onions.

Another exceptional dish was the herb-encrusted baked haddock ($11.95). This fresh catch was served with a unique scallion rice.

Other entrees include wood-grilled salmon fillet ($12.95), pork tenderloin ($11.95) and meatball ravioli ($7.95).

Not Your Average Joe’s is known for their unique pizzas. We tried the Left Coast pizza ($8.95) with spinach, prosciutto, caramelized onions, chopped garlic and three cheeses. This pizza was cooked in the stone hearth forno to lock in its unique flavors. The focus on this pizza was the spinach, which was served heavy and fresh piled on top.

Other special pizzas include roast duck and wild mushroom, Not Your Average Jose (a Tex Mex concoction of spiced beef, black beans, mozzarella, tomato sauce with scallions, sour cream and cilantro).

Save room for dessert like we did. The peanut butter thing ($4.95) was an enormous serving of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie dough in vanilla ice cream with an Oreo cookie crust topped with caramel sauce.

Dinners at Not Your Average Joe’s are relatively inexpensive for the portions received. We look forward to our next visit to this impressive restaurant.

Not Your Average Joe’s
31 West Street
Randolph, MA 02368

Phone:  781-961-7200
Fax: 
781-986-2929

Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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