It's a good week for whimsically named new restaurants. The Regal Beagle is open in Coolidge Corner, and word is it's already turning out solid American food. Mac ’n' cheese ($12) was "cheesy crumbly goodness with lots of flavor," says Mr Bigglesworth, and the half roasted chicken with chard, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, and polenta ($18) was "lovely."
Other high points: the herb butter brought out first thing you're seated, with sourdough bread and very thin with black and white sesame seeds; the burger ($13) is big and served on brioche with bread-and-butter pickles; and the pistachio-crusted scallops with butternut squash risotto and cherry glaze ($19) were the big hit of BobB's meal. In fact, no complaints have surfaced yet on the mains, all seem to be a hit.
The setting is much darker than the space's previous occupant. BobB's wife called the red flocked wallpaper "bordello," but the bar is cozy and servers are friendly enough to keep it from creeping customers out.
The Regal Beagle [South Shore]
308 Harvard Street, Brookline