I was invited to join Folio Weekly Bite Club for September’s dinner at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. I had been there before to pick up a gluten-free pizza (before going dairy free) for take-out following a flight. Boston’s is located near the Airport off of 95 in the City Station Shops. Starting in November they are going to be delivering within a 3 mile radius. The space was HUGE; lots of TVs and a big bar area. They had no problem accommodating a gluten-free diet as well as a dairy-free diet.
Upon arrival the Director of Operations Nimesh H. Patel greeted me to go over my menu. He was super nice and knowledgeable. He was his excitement to tell me that they were testing out a gluten-free brownie. After reviewing the ingredients I let him know it was safe for me to eat. How good was the brownie? You will have to keep reading.
The starter was Bacon Wrapped Steak Skewers. Typically they are served with a bleu cheese cream sauce, but they left that off of my dish. They basically just take a bite sized portion of flat iron steak and wrap it in bacon and grill it. The flavors of the bacon just permeated the steak and left it tender and delicious. They gave me quite a large portion so I decided to share with my table mates Curry and Sarah (see how happy they look :)).
The next item up was baked wings. These were delicious. I was a little disappointed that I had all wings and no legs, but I got to try 3 different sauces and rubs that were delicious. I haven’t had wings in forever, because they are usually fried in the same oil as onion rings, crab cakes or other breaded items, so this was a treat.
My next sampling was the Mediterranean Salad. However between that portion, my dining mates Sarah and Curry had Boston’s Nachos, Southwest Ravioli, Jambalaya Fettuccine and a Santa Fe Salad. They were stuffed before I even got to my salad. The portions at this place are crazy.
The Mediterranean salad typically comes with feta and flat bread, but for me it was just fresh mixed greens with kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and red onions, tossed with a lemon vinaigrette dressing. The salad was great, again a very large portion, definitely large enough for 4 people to split as a starter.
Next up was gluten-free pizza! I had the Florentine Pizza with pizza sauce, fresh spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted garlic topped with basil and mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. I had it with everything but the cheeses. Let me tell you, gluten-free/dairy-free pizzas are something to be desired. Boston’s did everything to accommodate my needs, but man, the cheesy pizzas everyone else sampled looked MUCH better than my cheese-less pizza. I think if the pizza came with olive oil, garlic and pesto sauce on the bottom I may have liked it more. I did eat half the pizza though…
Last up was the brownie. The brownie was my favorite. I have not had a brownie in a long time. The presentation was great, they put it in a shot glass with the cutest little spoon and paired it with some chocolate syrup. This brownie was SOOO GOOD! They said they would begin carrying it within the next few weeks. This definitely needs to become a staple at the restaurant.
I definitely recommend that you show up very hungry when you plan to dine at Boston’s or bring at-least 4 or 5 friends. The staff was very friendly and quite attentive. I would like to suggest that perhaps they look at either getting dairy-free cheese or trying out a pesto, garlic and olive oil based gluten-free pizza. I also wish I would have asked more about how they avoid cross contamination for gluten-free foods. It seems like it may be a challenge to provide gluten-free foods when their menu is so vast.
I had a great time, and thank both Boston’s and Folio Weekly for having me.