Restaurant Review: Jerry Remy’s Athlete’s Menu

A couple of months ago, I was invited to try the new Athlete’s Menu at Jerry Remy’s on Boylston in the Fenway area. Even though the new menu launched in mid-March, I didn’t get the chance to check it out until Memorial Day weekend because of my crazy busy spring. Better late than never, right?

Let me just say, I love the concept of the Athlete’s Menu. Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan menu options at a sports bar?! As someone who is very health conscious and mindful of what I eat, I often dread going to sports bars with friends because I know the healthy food choices will be limited. If I’m not in a splurging mood, I usually end up ordering a Cobb salad or a burger without the bun, which gets pretty boring after a while. Also, sometimes these aren’t even options to choose from. This weekend I was at the Baseball Tavern, and the only healthy thing they had on the entire menu was a veggie plate. With an overflowing cup of ranch dressing. Even the salads wouldn’t be worth ordering with their gross iceberg lettuce and croutons. Gah. Case in point.

When I opened the Athlete’s Menu at Jerry Remy’s (I didn’t look at it ahead of time), I was pleasantly surprised.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

First of all, how awesome is the menu’s opener?

“Hey, good-looking! Yeah, we’re talking to you with the great body. You play hard and you want to eat healthy, which isn’t that hard. We’ve created choices to suit your lifestyle and keep lookin’ good. So look no more! See what we’ve got cookin’ with our new Athlete’s Menu. P.S. You don’t have to be an athlete to try the new menu. It’s for anyone that loves fresh, tasty food and cares about how you fuel your body.” 

Yup, sold.

Tim and I could try anything we wanted on the menu, so we spent some time talking to the manager, Corey, for recommendations. He recommended the honey roasted pork belly “tacos” and the roasted beet salad, so that’s what we started with.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu: Pork Belly Tacos

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu: Beet Salad

Corey was spot on with his recommendations, and Tim and I could not stop talking about how flavorful and delicious these dishes were. We were also psyched when Chef Padlo came over to our table to talk about the food with us. We learned that the pork tacos are the top-selling paleo option on the menu. They were seared crisp over pico de gallo, fresh avocado, grilled pineapple, and cilantro, and served in a lettuce wrap with lime wedges.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu: Pork Tacos

I realize pork belly is definitely a fattier cut of meat, but the grilled pineapple really cut through the fat, and the pico de gallo provided a nice fresh crunch for some texture. This was definitely our favorite of the night.

The beet salad was awesome too, mainly because most sports bars are not willing to tackle many types of salads beyond your typical house, caesar, or cobb. This wasn’t the case with the roasted beet salad, as it consisted of hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted artichoke hearts, pine nuts, pomegranates, fennel, rosemary, cashew cheese, and roasted vegetable vinaigrette.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu Beet Salad

The restaurant was out of pomegranates that night, but it didn’t even make a difference. I am just obsessed with the unique combination of flavors in this salad! It still includes your everyday cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, but then it really branches out with the other ingredients to enhance the flavors. I mean, cashew cheese!? I loved trying that. Also, the vegetable vinaigrette was made out of zucchini. Now we’re feeling inspired to try something similar at home.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

Our servers, Alyssa and Sam, encouraged us to try a few more items on the menu before we left, so we took them up on their offer. We figured even if we could only eat a few more bites, we’d have leftovers for lunch the next day. We opted to try the flat-iron grass-fed steak and the quinoa tabbouleh wrap next.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu Steak

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

The steak was made from local pasture raised beef, and it was dry-aged 28 days, all natural, hormone free, and antiobiotic free. It was churrasco marinated and grilled and served over a bed of grilled vegetables. I love that this just comes with the veggies because it eliminates the need to be THAT restaurant goer who asks to swap out the fries or potato for something else.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu: Steak

The meat was perfectly cooked, and Tim said he really liked that it was hanger steak and not steak tips, another testament to the folks at Jerry Remy’s really trying to differentiate themselves. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about in this dish was the chimichurri sauce drizzled on top. It was alright, but we thought it was missing something or maybe it was too parsley heavy? I couldn’t pinpoint it!

Last up was the quinoa wrap. Again, this wasn’t your usual suspect, as most veggie wraps in sports bars either 1) have raw veggies and are too crunchy with zero flavor, or 2) are cooked and dripping with so much oil that it defeats the purpose of ordering the veggie wrap in the first place. This wrap had hearty components such black beans to fill me up, along with a variety of veggies (fresh greens, carrots, cucumber), and whole grains to add extra protein and an added crunch. Hummus and a light tahini dressing added an extra flavor without too much oil too.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu: Quinoa Wrap

I was pumped to eat most of this quinoa wrap for lunch the following day after a strength workout. Perfect.

The only thing that I was disappointed about was not being able to sit on the restaurant’s newly renovated roof deck! Since it’s been so chilly in Boston this spring, the roof deck seating was closed on the night we went. I was bummed about that, but it was still nice to just hang out in the bar area and unwind with good food and a beer.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

Oh and one more thing, the Athlete’s Menu also includes lighter adult beverage options as well. Paleotail, anyone?

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

I really wanted a beer that night, so I didn’t try any of these drinks, but that paleo bellini looks right up my alley.

Tim and I found ourselves back at Jerry Remy’s on Sunday night after my Bridget’s award ceremony at Fenway Park, and we couldn’t wait to have the pork belly tacos again! We recommended everything to our friends, and they enjoyed the food too. Bridget and I also split the kale and crisp apple salad (massaged kale, carrots, jicama, toasted almonds, cucumbers, avocado, celery, green onions, red peppers, and lemon vinaigrette), and it was definitely nice and light.

Jerry Remy's Athlete's Menu

Tim and I really enjoyed our experience! Our service was excellent, and I highly recommend checking out the Athlete’s Menu for yourself if you are heading to a Sox game this summer.

–Let’s chat–
Have you tried the Jerry Remy’s Athlete’s Menu? What dish described in this post sounds the best to you? Do you find it hard to eat healthy at sports bars?

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, but Tim and I were both provided with free meals in exchange for writing this review. We happily paid for gratuity, and I paid for the food that we ate in our second visit. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Catching Up On Eats

If I had to describe how I’ve eaten and/or felt about food for the past month, some words that come to mind include:

  • Bottomless pit
  • Nom, nom, nom
  • Ravenous
  • Can’t stop, won’t stop

Ever since I went to Chicago in April, I just cannot stop eating ALL THE FOOD. Maybe that bike tour expanded my stomach? With so much going out to eat and social events lately, it’s just been really hard to “be good.” I am still food prepping and eating healthy during the work day, but my snacking at night and splurging on the weekends has gotten a little out of control lately. I’m trying really hard to reign it back in, but it’s been tough!

That said, the food picture roundup below doesn’t really include all my bottomless pit type noshing. Who would really want to see pictures of random slices of cheese, crackers, chocolate chips, and spoonfuls of peanut butter? Instead, here’s a recap of some of the meals I’ve had over the past couple of months. Enjoy!

Breakfasts and Baked Goods

Blueberry pancakes… perfect for a Sunday morning

Blueberry Pancakes

Strawberry ones too

Strawberry Pancakes

Blueberry pumpkin muffin bars, recipe via PaleOMG

Blueberry Pumpkin Muffin Bars

Energy balls

Sarah Fit Get Skinny Again Energy Bites

 

Lunch and Dinners

Lemon quinoa with chicken and artichokes

Lemon Chicken Quinoa with Artichokes

Apple and almond quinoa

Apple and Almond Quinoa

Bulgur salad with edamame and carrots

Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Carrots

Caprese chicken  with garlic spinach

Caprese Chicken

Goat cheese gnocchi

Goat cheese gnocchi

Chicken and black bean casserole, recipe via Six Sisters’ Stuff <—this one has been on repeat in our weekly rotations!

Chicken and black bean casserole

Spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs

Spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs

Slow cooker chicken, turnip, and squash over barley

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Sweet potato, farro, and veggie casserole

Sweet Potato, Farro, and Veggie Casserole

Hummus crusted chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Hummus Crusted Chicken

Homemade chickpea crust pizza

Chickpea Crust Pizza

Snacks

Kiwi berries – so weird!

Kiwiberry

Homemade pretzels with honey mustard <—thanks, boyfriend!

Homemade pretzels with honey mustard

Restaurants

A little impromptu breakfast date at Cafenation with Miss Ashley

Cafenation

A cup of chili and a salad with shrimp for Papou’s birthday at The Airport Grille

Soup and salad

Another chili and salad meal, this time from The Local in Newton

Chili and Salad The Local

A salad and fish tacos at the Boathouse in Harvard Square

Boathouse Harvard Square

A giant burrito bowl from Chipotle <— this sucker lasted two meals

Chipotle burrito bowl

A little Caprese salad and pizza action at Charcoal Guido’s in Waltham

Charcoal Guidos

And to finish, Tim’s birthday dinner of Asian style small plates at The Blue Dragon. Highly recommend for the food, cocktails, service, and vibe! Great night all around.

Tim's Birthday at Blue Dragon

–Let’s chat–
Do you go through
phases where you just can’t stop snacking? How do you overcome it to get back on track? What’s a delicious meal you’ve eaten lately? Any fun recipes to share? Any recipe post requests?

Hopster’s Brews and Boards

For Tim’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I got him a brewing session at Hopster’s Brew and Boards in Newton. For my Boston craft beer loving friends, this place is a must try.

Hopsters Brew and Boards[Source]

You can choose to brew your own beer, but you can also opt to just hang out and order food and drinks if you’re not feeling the whole brewing thing. They have a ton of craft beers available, and I have a funny feeling Hopster’s will become a go to place for us.

Hopsters Brew and Boards

Here’s a rundown of how the brewing process works:

First, we chose what kind of beer we wanted to brew. The staff provided us with a recipe book that we read through. They have everything from stouts to pale ales to wheats to IPAs. This was a hard choice for Tim and I to make because our taste in beer can be pretty different, but eventually we decided on the Irish red ale. Depending on the type of beer you pick, the pricing comes in at either $150, $200, or $230. This might seem a little pricy, but the price includes your own concierge brew master to help you along the way, all the ingredients you will need, all your bottles, customized labels, and three cases of your own hand crafted beer. When you think about what you would spend on three cases of beer anyways, I don’t think the price is unreasonable since the experience, assistance, and supplies are all included as well.

Next we gathered our ingredients, which were listed on the recipe that they let us take right out of the recipe book. My favorite part about the ingredients was that they are all farm to table bottle. Love that! Tim and I took turns measuring everything out.

Hopsters Brews and Boards

We then got to work with the help of our brew master to combine malt, hops, and specialty grains.

Hopsters Brew and Boards

In the middle of the session, we had to wait for our combined mixture to boil. We hung around our kettle so we could keep an eye on it, but we were able to sit back and order food while we waited. Hopster’s menu highlights include ploughman’s boards (charcuterie meats served with jams, breads, etc.), cheese boards, and flatbreads. They have a few different snack items and sandwiches too.

Hopsters Brews and Boards

I do wish the menu had a few healthier options to offer, but I’m never one to turn down cheese or a flatbread so it wasn’t a huge deal. Tim and I ended up ordering one of the cheese boards while we waited for our wort to boil.

Hopster's Brew and Boards

Here’s us hanging around our brew:

Hopster's Brews and Boards

After about an hour, we cooled the wort to room temperature in the heat exchanger and then added yeast. This started the fermentation process, and Hopster’s housed our brew in an air locked container for a couple of weeks until it was ready for bottling. We hung out for a little longer after we were done adding the yeast, and we ordered another beer and a flatbread. It was a great day!

Hopster's Brew and Boards

Last night we went back for our bottling session. They had our beer ready for us, and when we got there they showed us how to do the bottling process. It was pretty easy, but we had a lot of bottles to go through (3 cases, remember?!). We ordered a beer and a pretzel to enjoy while bottling. I would say the bottling process took about 90 minutes, but it just depends on how fast or slow you decide you want to go.

Hopster's Brews and Boards: Bottling

Again, I recommend that my local readers check this place out or give a gift certificate to a beer lover in your life. I loved the hands on experience, beer selection, and atmosphere, so I think you guys will too. Plus, it makes for a great date day or night that’s different from your typical dinner and a movie.

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever heard of or been to Hopster’s before? Non Boston readers, do you have any places like this around you? Have you ever tried brewing your own beer? What’s your favorite kind of craft beer?

I’m a sucker for hefeweizens!