Somewhat like the curate's egg, this was excellent in parts.
My 8 year old son had the pulled pork sliders and thought they were excellent. I had a taste and agreed. He's only 8 and was full after 1 slider. In retrospect, I wish we had asked if he could get just one or two. He had onion rings with the sliders and didn't like. He said they were too greasy. I tasted one and thought they were too bready and too greasy. Hardly the worst onion rings I've ever tasted, but nowhere near as good as some of the other things we had.
My mother and I shared a number of dishes and they were all delicious. The wedge salad was a nice combination of decadent (bleu cheese, bacon) and refreshing (iceberg lettuce). The duck appetizer with smoked gouda risotto was delicious and frankly, would have been enough for a entree because, while it was only a few slices of duck (perfect appetizer size), it was a substantial serving of very rich risotto. The seared ahi tuna was also delicious.
My husband had the plain green salad, which he liked and the haddock, which he didn't think was great, but he's been very hard to please lately.
For desserts we got the turtle cheesecake, the coffee ice cream pie and a special (or at least something that wasn't on the printed menu) white chocolate raspberry torte. The torte and the cheesecake tasted ok and seemed way too gelatin heavy. My mother's guess was that they're not made at the restaurant, which I would believe. The coffee ice cream pie was an enormous slab of graham cracker crust, fine but nothing special coffee ice cream and heath bar topping. I know that's basically what an ice cream pie is, but I'd like something a bit more interesting and creative from a restaurant of this caliber.
To sum up: terrific pulled pork sliders, duck with risotto, wedge salad and seared tuna. Based on how good those were, they can do better with the haddock, onion rings and desserts.
We'd go again, but we'd probably skip dessert.
Bobby's American Grille
11 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481