If you haven't yet checked out The Quarry Restaurant located about a half hour south of Boston, you should do so soon. Here are five reasons why it's worth a drive:
1. The craft cocktails here are worth the drive alone. For example, sangrias here take the form of Georgia peach and orange brandy while fun names like From Crib to Coffin feature Woodford Bourbon, dehydrated corn and black walnut bitters.
2. Chef Greg Jordan is one of the best chefs on the South Shore, who has worked alongside some of Boston's best chefs, including Adrian Cyr (Adrian’s), Barbara Lynch (The Butcher Shop) and Gordon Hamersley (Hamersley’s Bistro).
3. The appetizer menu features some standout surprises like baked stuffed Mission figs filled with Great Hill blue cheese and prosciutto; crispy pork belly buns and grilled swordfish tacos.
4. As for main events, the braised wild boar papardelle was simply prepared with mixed wild mushrooms and red wine. The eight-ounce center cut filet was tender and juicy served with truffle mashed potatoes and green beans.
5. The South Shore locale offers complimentary parking and avoids the hassle of driving into Boston, sitting in traffic and trying to find a parking spot.
The Quarry Restaurant is located at 415 Whiting Street in Hingham, Mass.
Kellie Speed is a native Bostonian and a freelance writer/editor/copywriter with more than 20 years experience writing for a variety of local and national publications, including JustLuxe, Wicked Local, AOL's City's Best Boston, Upscale Living magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Mohegan Sun's Legends and Amtrak's Arrive. She is the Boston restaurant writer for Gayot's travel site and also contributed to Moon Metro's Boston guidebook published by Avalon Travel Publishing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.