The chefs at Tap House Grille wrap bacon around meatloaf, top hand-formed Angus beef patties with guacamole and roasted chilies, and put inventive spins on classic American dishes. In the dining room, flatscreen televisions hang above tufted banquettes and a handsome wooden bar keeps more than 50 bottled beers and 24 rotating drafts chilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music, comedy acts, and Simon Says tournaments entertain patrons, and a complimentary valet service babysits patrons’ cars.
TRIO Cafe & Lounge is the brainchild of brothers Tony and Paul Rodrigues and their childhood friend, Brian Carvalho. The trio sought to replicate a European-style eatery and lounge in Massachusetts, complete with chic decor, contemporary cuisine, and innovative cocktails. Abstract art speckles the walls of each location's sleek space, where diners sit on cushy couches and clink glasses of sangria over raw oysters and peppercorn-encrusted steaks.
Chicken wings, littleneck clams, and garlic bread introduce Fall River Grill's spread of Portuguese cuisine. From top to bottom, the menu is packed with meat and foreign words—bifana, grilled pork cutlets in a sandwich; bife, which means steak; whole grilled chicken known as frango grelhado; and the traditional sausage called chouriço. Seafood makes a big splash at the restaurant, too; there’s enough salmon, boiled cod, and shrimp to convince most people that marine life really does exist. Before you start stuffing yourself, plan to leave just enough stomach space for sweet desserts such as passionfruit pudding and coconut tarts.
Yes, you can hear the cheers of Red Sox fan's during a home game at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Fenway. And the park's right field wall is easily viewed from a spacious rooftop deck. But the interior is what really reminds you that you're dining at the brainchild of the Sox's beloved announcer and former second baseman. Katharine Q. Seelye of The New York Times said in a 2010 article, "The most striking feature inside the restaurant is the view—on television. Two outsize high-definition televisions, measuring 11 feet long and costing $225,000 each, hang above the bar." The "screen monsters" make you wonder if you've stumbled onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange or a spaceship control-deck manned by extraterrestrial sports fans. If you can't find a seat near the bar, there are 30 60-inch high-def televisions scattered throughout the pub.
Jerry Remy's generously portioned menu has caught as much attention as its collection of huge TVs. Robert Nadeau of the Boston Phoenix said, "Most of the scoring on this menu comes out of a Texas-style barbecue smoker," citing the authentic taste of the beef brisket and the juiciness of the smoked half-chicken. Bella English of the Boston Globe agreed that the large smoker located in the parking lot makes “succulent brisket, ribs, and chicken,” and reported that the huge desserts "must be seen to be believed."
The menu offers seafood, veal, pasta, and chicken prepared from time-tested family recipes. Rev an appetite engine with coconut shrimp ($11) or homemade fennel-sausage antipasti ($9) and a glass of wine, such as Beringer Pinot Grigio ($6.50) or Trivento Pinot Noir ($7). Traditional Italian entrees include lobster, shrimp, and scallop cannelloni gratineé ($16); chicken campagnolo (egg-battered medallions with prosciutto, mozzarella, sherry, and mushroom demi-glace, $19); and veal bella Napoli (sautéed veal, shrimp, asparagus, portobello, tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella, $23). Point Judith clams with shrimp and your choice of white, red, or fiery fra diavolo sauce over linguine ($22) and shrimp and scallop della casa ($22) will make any fisherman fondly remember his finest seafood- or mermaid-catching sprees. The trattoria experience would be incomplete without dessert, so sweeten endings with crème-brûlée cheesecake, tiramisu, or spumoni (all desserts are $7).