Not Your Average Joe’s in Waltham – The future of this local chain

Not Your Average Joe’s opened in the new Market Basket Complex in Waltham, MA last month.

Not Your Average Joes Take Out

A few weeks ago I joined some bloggers and Not Your Average Joe’s (NYAJ) Executive Chef Jeff Tenner for an introduction into the future of this local chain.

Although NYAJ’s is quite a large chain, they consider themselves, and try to run their restaurants, as if they are smaller independent establishments. For example, the shoe horn to-go order hangers (above), well those are a nod to the Clark’s headquarters that will be opening in the complex in the future. NYAJ bread about to go out

The Waltham location is one of just a couple new locations that portray the future of the chain. The chain is moving towards a more open concept where families can come dine and friends can meet up at the bar to grab some drinks (and 1/2 price apps Monday – Friday 3pm – 6pm). The result is an atmosphere that is clean, fun, approachable and comfortable. NJAJ dining room

But on to the good stuff…the food! We were delivered a feast this evening, and the general manager, Ralph Vitiello, was incredibly careful with accommodating my dairy allergy, and gave me a cheater menu of the evenings meal so I knew exactly what I could and couldn’t have. Because everything in the restaurant is made to order, they were able to cater to me for most of the dishes…unfortunately not for the hand-cut chicken fingers though, which looked INCREDIBLE!


But that was okay, because I was able to try the deviled eggs, one of my favorite foods, and a food way too many restaurants neglect. This version improved on the original by kicking it up with sriracha spice and packing a punch with crumbled potato chips. It was perfect. NYAJ deviled eggs

The Super Crunch Salad is a salad that eats like a meal. A delicious, creative meal that does not taste like it came from a chain restaurant.

NYAJ crispy salad

The Mustard-Crusted Chicken was a dish they had to alter a bit for me. I missed out on the mashed potatoes, which I heard were something I wouldn’t want to miss, and my green beans were blanched instead of tossed in the buttery, garlicy mix they are traditionally served in. Sure, I was sad I didn’t get to eat those delicious things, but this dish was still outstanding. The chicken has long been one of my favorite chickens in the area, and it still is. NYAJ Chicken

However, I have a new dish, and it is a dish that would actually have me craving a visit to Not Your Average Joe’s. The Vietnamese Salmon is spice rubbed on top of rice noodles in a lime-infused chili broth with crunchy vegetables and crushed peanuts. The description didn’t do it for me, and I was actually planning to skip this dish. But, I didn’t and it is now one of my favorite things I have eaten in quite a while. And I am completely shocked to say that about a seafood dish from a chain restaurant. NYAJ salmon

I was completely pleasantly surprised by this meal. I also enjoyed learning that the menu changes quarterly to remain seasonal. About 6 – 10 dishes will rotate. They also source local products as much as possible. Not many chains can say that. You won me over NYAJ’s. I’ll be back, get your salmon ready!

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One Reply to “Not Your Average Joe’s in Waltham – The future of this local chain”

  1. I was bummed that I couldn’t join your meal, but I went there a week after. It was a fun event and I loved meeting Chef Jeff. I liked NYAJ before, but after meeting the team, hearing about their menu and preparation process, I have a new appreciation for them.

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