The Boulevard Grill: Great Food, People and Entertainment!
ME AND MY CRABCAKE!
165 Southmont Blvd, Johnstown, PA 15905
I was introduced to the Boulevard Grill by my son and his friends on his 21st birthday. This was THE place they wanted to celebrate.My husband and I arrived, found street parking about a block away and walked over. I was not impressed with the building. Not too much character, a brick block building accented by awnings with motorcycles and cars parked all over the sidewalks. This was my son's 21st birthday so I didn't expect that he would select a fine dining hall. I figured this was a neighborhood bar and acceptable for that.
We came into a very crowded and noisy room with a large bar filling the center of the room surrounded by bar stools and a few tables with chairs along the walls. Many people were standing behind their friends at the bar who were on bar stools. We were a bit shocked at the noise and number of people crushed in. Unable to really move around the room we stood basically where we came in and looked for a seat. There were none. I heard my son's voice boom over the crowd "Mom!" and saw him motioning us toward him. We made it through the crowd to a side table where he and 5 of his friends were sitting drinking beers. He stood and leaned in toward me shouting in my ear so I could hear "Go up the stairs to the dining room, we will meet you there." He motioned to the back wall and for the first time I saw a few stairs leading up to another level. Up there we were able to breathe leaving the crowd behind.
To our left was a long stairway up. To our right down a few steps was another bar and a large empty room. We walked up the stairs and were seated in the sparsely populated dining room. Looking over the menu I chose the crab cakes (my husband is not so partial to crab) and my husband had salmon (which I don't eat). The salad was crisp and delicious, the entrees were equally good, and the white wine we had was an excellent accompany.
At the end of our meal we were joined by my son who explained that the entertainment area was downstairs and to join them when we were ready. We went to the bar we had passed and the band was setting up. Soon the music began. A reggae band was playing. People poured in from the lower bar and began moving. The music just made you want to move, and soon we all did. Although most of the people were younger no one seemed to notice that we joined their ranks and became part of their rythmic mass. It was a great night.
The Boulevard Grill offers many great menu selections at very reasonalbe prices. See the menu on line here: blvdgrill.com
Specials change regularly and a full bar offers most drinks, all at reasonable prices. Live entertainment varies from Reggae to Rock.
Open 11:30am–10:00pm Monday-Saturday, and Sunday 3pm-9pm
Overall reviews 4 out of 5 stars on Google. Reviews also on urbanspoon.com, foursquare.com, tripadvisor.com, citysearch.com
Sample week of entertainment schedule:
Sunday, February 2 2014
CLOSED SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Tuesday, February 4, 7:30pm;
Dave Howsare plays till 10:30pm
Friday, February 7, 9:30pm;
Christine & Mark Connors play till 12:30am
Saturday, February 8; 9:30pm
Russ Wilburn plays till 12:30am
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm
Mark Weakland plays until 10:30pm
Wednesday, February 12
Friday, February 14 - Valentine's Day, 9:30pm
The Crew of the 1/2 Moon plays until 12:30am
Saturday, February 15, 9:30pm
Walt & Jackie play until 12:30am
Favorite Dish: Absolutely the crab cakes! Crispy, golden brown, lump crab meat crab cakes. Just delicious! The salad was crunchy fresh and equally delicious.
Dining room prices about $15-$30 American.
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