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Chicago Chowhound visits South Shore

Mike M | May 28, 2003 02:08 PM

Business trip to Hingham last week, stayed in Hull. Restaurant experience ranged from the unspeakable (Red Parrot, Hull) to the sublime (Bridgeman's, Hull). Bridgeman's was so good I went there two nights. Service was decent if unremarkable. The place is physically beautiful, tables are well-spaced, and I don't recall noise having been an issue either night. Winelist is very good, even if prices are high--but that's something the place shares with 95% of restaurants nationally. Food prices very reasonable. Food was excellent, marred only by a slightly overdone salmon one night. Generically, I suppose the place could be called "contemporary American", for what it's worth. First night: oysters on the half shell, salmon filet w/ superb saffron risotto. Second night: cod filet w/ tomato/almond/butter sauce, basil mashed potatoes. (The potatoes were so spectacular I tended to regard the cod as garniture.) Two people dining with me on the first night both had a mixed seafood stew which they both said was excellent. Ask for table upstairs for better view.

I also went to Barker Tavern in Scituate. Reeks of history (built in 1634), very appealing place. Excellent wine list (large number of half-bottles, with extremely decent prices). Service very good. Food--maybe C+. I'm factoring in some room temperature oysters on the half shell that could have come out of a can.

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