When I was a kid, my across-the-street neighbor and I would ride our bikes down to Lag’s Eatery for chocolate milkshakes. Although Lag’s has since closed, what took its place is JoJo’s on Broadway, a family-owned and operated restaurant. Most of Joe and Zelda’s recipes are — or are adapted from — recipes their parents used in their own restaurants years ago. It’s a little fancier than Lag’s used to be, but it’s still super-accessible food in a casual setting.
The Restaurant Week meal offers a LOT of options. For the soup and salad course, I ordered the New England clam chowder and my friend got the grilled romaine heart. The chowder was creamy, with chunks of clam and tiny bits of veggies that don’t get in the way of the creamy soup. The romaine heart was grilled to a crisp and topped with their dad’s blue cheese dressing.
Then came the starters. The jerk chicken appetizer was smoky grilled chicken with creamy, spicy jerk sauce. It’s hard to describe exactly how good the result of these simple ingredients was, but they came together well and were still really good cold. I will be coming back for more of that (and the Reuben. Apparently the Reuben is amazing).
Next up was the entrée. Both of us opted for the shrimp pesto pasta, which was more creamy than basil-y, but was deliciously rich. By the time the main course came out, we were having a blast: the music was all ’90s and early ’00s, and the company (and service!) was excellent.
Though the pie doesn’t come with the Winter Restaurant Week meal, it’s definitely worth checking out. The chocolate pie was like chocolate pudding on pie crust in the best way possible. I’m not huge on coconut pie, but my friend really liked it, and the texture was nice. Our mutual favorite was the key lime: tangy, not too sweet, and lacking the mouth-coating fattiness of most key lime pies. To quote Arnold, I’ll be back.
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