Friday dinner at Blue-22 Bar and Grille in Quincy
So I made it to Blue-22 in Quincy Center last night with a group of friends. There were 6 of us and the bar was crowded at 6:30pm, but tables were pretty quiet. The atmosphere is "industrial chic", and they have flat panel screens lining the walls, so it would be a good place to come and eat and watch a Patriot's game or two.
The menu is an interesting combination of American comfort food like meatloaf and cheese fries, with a lot of Asian influence, like homemade potstickers, and spring rolls.
In addition to the appetizers and entrees, they have a section of the menu for "small plates". They really looked interesting, so we decided to order a bunch of different plates and try as much as we could.
We had an order of the potstickers, which were very tasty. Pork, chicken or veggie, and dipping sauce. You can have them steamed or fried. The fried ones were nice and crispy, with a light wrapper, not heavy or doughy at all. The filling was tasty, although I could have used a bit more spice in it. We also had an order of the ballpark sausage sliders, which are "White Castle" sized Italian sausage burgers, with onions and peppers, on mini buns. They were very tasty...what could be bad, right? We also had an excellent basket of fried calamari, which comes in three different types. We tried the asian salt and pepper version, which were very lightly coated and crispy fried. Very tender and very tasty, like the salt and pepper shrimp you can find in a Chinese restaurant.
We also had beefy satay, which was really tasty, with a teriyaki marinade. Spring rolls were homemade as well, and very good. Crispy and light outside and stuffed with fresh veggies and shrimp.
Our only disappointment was the Poutine, which was sort of the reason we wanted to come. We all enjoy it when we are in Montreal, for a late night guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, this was not Poutine. The fries are served on top of a very tiny amount of what looked like turkey gravy, and then smothered with melted cheddar cheese. None of the cheese curds, or the good Au Poive sauce that true Poutine has. Not worth ordering.
The owners both came out to talk with us during the meal. I guess they wanted to see who had ordered so much food. They were very nice and seemed like they really wanted to provide a unique dining experience with some good food that was fresh and tasty. I want to come back and try some of the entree items, like the hoisin-basted ribs and the meatloaf.
It's definitely the type of place that I think Quincy has been lacking, so I hope you all will stop by and give it a try, I think you will like it. Just don't order Poutine there :)
Here's the website for the menu and more information:
I agree about the poutine there--it was perhaps the weakest thing we ordered when we went last weekend. There was way too much cheese (and it wasn't cheese curd, as mwk said, and ours actually had too much gravy, so I guess they are pretty inconsistent as to the amount of gravy added.
The rest of the food was good, though, so yes, definitely try the place, but beware of the poutine! ;-b