Each week we’ll pick a type of business – home décor shops or apparel stores; restaurants or hotels, etc. – in the town we’re featuring in the upcoming episode of “New England Living.” Our first episode focuses on Hingham, MA, and with so many great restaurants in this seaside town, it seems only natural to focus on eateries.
Boathouse Bistro: 19 Shipyard Drive
“The South Shore and especially Hingham Shipyard have finally hit pay dirt,” said one happy Yelper of this waterfront restaurant. With dishes such as Seafood Pescatore and Veal Parmigiana, the menu tends towards classic Italian. Sky-high ceilings and walls of windows give the space an open, airy appeal that’s just perfect for its waterfront location.
Scarlet Oak Tavern: 1217 Main Street
“Scarlett Oak amazes” is how one diner recently described this Main Street mainstay on Trip Advisor, while a Yelp user noted that the fried calamari is “…really ridiculously crispy!” Much like Hingham itself, the inviting atmosphere perfectly blends coastal touches with a historic vibe.
Perhaps most notable because of the notable family behind it (that would be the Wahlbergs; as in actor Mark), Alma Nove continues to please well into its seventh year. The spacious restaurant overlooking the harbor has all the polish of a Boston eatery and an ambitious, well-executed menu to match.
“If you like Italian food look no further, this is the perfect spot,” is how one Yelp user describes this Italian restaurant. If you feel a restaurant needs to have spaghetti and meatballs to truly be described as “Italian” you may be disappointed, but if creamy potato tortellini with lamb ragu, mascarpone and fresh oregano sounds about right, you’ll be in love.
The Quarry: 415 Whiting Street
Housed in a historic granite building that’s just dripping with atmosphere, as is the adjacent terrace with views of the quarry, The Quarry is one of Hingham’s go-to special occasion restaurants. With a menu that ranges from wild boar pappardelle to pan-seared local scallops with organic quinoa, The Quarry offers diners a gastronomic adventure one course at a time.
When a cheese shop warrants a number one rating on a restaurant review website, it also warrants mention. The Bloomy Rind is in fact a shop – there is no seating – with a creative selection of sandwiches described as “…out of control!” on Yelp, and decadent prepared foods such as homemade carrot hummus and black olive tapenade.