Dine Out Boston (Boston's official restaurant week) is like Christmas for foodies. Twice a year certain restaurants across the city offer prixfixe menus that allow you to try 2-3 courses (appetizer, entree, dessert) for significantly cheaper than the normal price. The Winter Dine Out Boston just passed, and Boston Behavior was sure to take advantage of some of these deals!
Our first stop: The Beehive in the South End.
The South End is one of Boston's more upscale neighborhoods with amazing and versatile restaurants. But, they're the type you save for a special occasion, when your parents come to visit (and are paying) or for Dine Out Boston! We were sure to save The Beehive, that has been highly recommended by our friends, for a time our 23-year old budgets could afford. For $38 we could choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert from a prixfixe menu. On the normal dinner menu, appetizers average $13, and main items range from $25-$38.
The three of us that dined together each started with crab cakes--great minds think alike, right? Overall, the crab cakes were delicious! They were served as two small cakes, which I preferred over having one giant crab cake. The crab cake itself could have used a bit more seasoning, but it was placed on top of a creamy sauce that added extra flavor.
When I see chicken & waffles on a menu, especially in a dinner menu at an above average restaurant, I'm not going to not order it. I knew this was not going to be a typical brunch style chicken & waffles--I was excited to see what elaborate pile of food was going to be delivered to the table. What came out of the kitchen was even larger than I expected. This was the type of dish that everybody in the restaurant turned to look at and said. "Wow." The waffle was topped with two large pieces of fried chicken, and on top of the chicken was a green bean salad lightly tossed in a citrusy dressing. I do mean lightly tossed--there might as well have been nothing on it. The waffle was also topped with a chili-pepper syrup which may have been my favorite part of the entire meal. Unfortunately, there was also a shortage of syrup and I had to ask for a side of it. Once that arrived, I dipped every bite in that delicious syrup.
My dining buddies both ordered the salmon--a great example of a dish to try during a time like Dine Boston--since it's normally a more expensive meal. The decently large piece of salmon was served on a bed of fingerling potatoes and greens. It obviously received rave reviews from our entire table!
We are officially starting a petition to bring back the Chocolate Pots de Creme at The Beehive!!!! Ok, not really, but if anyone does start this we will be the first to sign! I am normally more of a savory than sweet type of person, but I could eat this dessert 7 nights a week and not get sick of it. It was a rich, dark chocolate with the perfect combination of sweetness and bitterness with a dollop of whipped cream and blueberries on top. Our waiter may have ruined the night by telling us this item was no longer on the menu and only brought back for special occasions.. (just kidding about ruining the night, but we did get depressed). There were only two dessert options on the prixfixe menu, so we obviously had to try both--the other was a guava cheesecake. This was delicious as well, especially if you're not a huge chocolate fan--but the Pots de Creme took the cake--or pot. ;)
We can't wait until the summer Dine Out Boston for a chance to try new restaurants! What are some of your favorites that we should try the next time it comes around?