Haute Spots Boston: Chopps American Bar and Grill

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Steaks must be the primary name of the game at a restaurant named Chopps, but at Chopps American Bar and Grill in Burlington, there’s much more to the menu than meats (pun intended) the eye. From small plates (think Montreal tots with duck confit and gravy) to halibut swimming in a saffron buerre reduction, the dining options here are seemingly endless.

Located about 20 minutes north of Boston, Chopps Consulting Chef Daniel Bruce.and Executive Chef Jeff Williams’ creativity shine from the open kitchen that churns out lamb “lollichopps,” pea risotto, bone-in pork chops and dry aged burgers. The restaurant has just introduced its spring menu featuring local produce from Verrill Farm and steaks from River Rock Farm and we recently stopped by for a visit to check it out.

Chopps CocktailPhoto Credit: Chopps American Bar and Grill

We recommend starting off with a sampling of jumbo (and we do mean jumbo) shrimp served with a side of fiery cocktail sauce. The tender lamb lollichopps are one of their signature appetizers and come three to a serving accompanied by aged sherry vin.

Chopps Shrimp CocktailPhoto Credit: Chopps American Bar and Grill

The main dining room is spacious offering a great view of the nearby open kitchen.

Chopps Dining RoomPhoto Credit: Chopps American Bar and Grill

 

The new “From the Sea” selections include scallops served with spring ingredients like French lentil, bell pepper, Jamón ibérico, and Meyer lemon, The salmon dish sounded delicious made with toasted farro, pressed yogurt, and Moroccan salsa, Other seafood dishes include yellowfin tuna with rice noodle, soy ginger, bok choy, baby carrot, peanut, and shiitake, and halibut with saffron beurre reduction, carrot, artichoke barigoule, bacon, and tomato ragu.

Chopps American Bar and GrillPhoto Credit: Chopps American Bar and Grill

When it comes to beef, Chopps does steaks right. For example, the bone-in ribeye is dry aged for 30 days while the Delmonico rivals any perfectly marbled steak you would find in Boston. Steaks here are served with a side of whipped potatoes or asparagus. If you want both, there is an a la carte menu that includes their famed skilled corn and mushroom fricassee. You may also choose which sauce you would like to accompany your tender cut of beef (think chimichurri (our favorite), au poivre, bernaise, their house sauce or ginger soy).

Chopps SteakPhoto Credit: Chopps American Bar and Grill

 

The restaurant will be opening its patio in a couple of weeks for al fresco dining. CHOPPS is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and is located at One Burlington Mall Road in Burlington, Mass.

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