Thursday, May 31, 2012

Restaurant Rundown: The Beehive

My best friends are awesome. Seriously. They are the best. We went out to dinner for my birthday last night at The Beehive in the South End of Boston. I had never been before, and neither had anyone else but we had heard good things. It was such a cool place, there were so many things to look at and the food was delicious. They had awesome chandeliers in the bar area but it wasn't fancy. Definitely impressed.

First, the drinks:

Hello, lover. Sangria!

We had calamari as an appetizer, and it was awesome. It came with a lemon aioli and a pomodoro sauce. But we were starving and inhaled it, thus no picture.

On to the good stuff.

I had this. Grilled tuna steak with squid ink risotto, basil pesto, and asparagus vinaigrette. Oh, goodness this was so good. And yes you read that right, squid ink. That's the black stuff under there.  I was so nervous about the squid ink risotto, but it was delicious! My one complaint was maybe there was a little too much of it? It was very good, but not something you want to eat so much of. It's actually all over the bottom of the plate, under the salad. I wasn't able to finish it all. But man oh man did I finish that tuna. The best I've had in awhile.

Liz had this. It was skirt steak, with a brie bread pudding. Her steak was cooked perfectly (I know. I stole some) and the bread pudding was so different! I've never had a savory bread pudding, but the texture of bread pudding in general is not really my thing.

Lisa had Cod in a carrot-ginger sauce. She said it was good, and the girl inhaled it and basically licked her plate clean in about 5 minutes so it must have been!

Shannon had brisket tacos with Spanish rice. Usually, it comes with beans but Shannon doesn't like them. The brisket was awesome! For a girl who doesn't try a lot of new things and generally only eats burgers and chicken, it was fun to hear her say how much she liked it! She also tried a tiny bite of my squid ink risotto, which I now owe her a bottle of wine for trying. 

Everything at The Beehive was reeeeeally good, and the people working there were really nice too. They have live music every night and it was starting up as we were finishing our meal. 

Photo from Yelp

Photo from Yelp
I would totally go back to this place again, especially for their Sunday Jazz brunch. I have no doubt that it's delicious! And they have beignets! 

I'm going to go with 4/5 stars on my own personal scale. Drinks and food were very good, but bread was a very small portion. Bread is any easy thing to give a sizable serving on. And the place in general was kind of expensive. I would definitely go back though, when I had a few dollars to spare.

As well as an awesome meal, my friends also got me a gift card to buy some new knives for my kitchen. Poor Shannon has to listen to me complain about how I can't even cut soft things with my cheap-ass wal-mart knives. So on Saturday, Wusthof knives - HERE I COME!

Thanks, ladies for an awesome birthday :)

Now for the real question: Would YOU try something with squid ink? What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?