I look forward to each post from the Boston Burger Blog. I often find new places to try, and even if I don’t visit a particular restaurant, I still get an education in burger-ology, the study of burgers and all thing related.
This brings me to the Boston Burger Blog post on Scarlet Oak Tavern, a location I’ve passed thousands of times (yes, 1000′s!), yet I never, ever considered any restaurant in that location for burgers. Most restaurants in that location seemed a bit too stuffy for a good burger. But now, thanks to Richard at the Boston Burger Blog, I no longer have to go to Burton’s or The Fours when I’m on the South Shore visiting Momps. Those places offer adequate food, but Scarlet Oak Tavern serves better-than-adequate burgers in a beautiful, centuries-old Hingham estate.
I didn’t get anything fancy, just a Black Angus burger with cheddar cheese (only $10 from the tavern menu). I can’t really add much to his review. He mentioned the steak fries aren’t really steak fries; they’re as wide as steak fries, but much thinner, so they fry up much better. And the pickles… I’m not a pickle eater (Ha! Pickle eater!), but the strong citrus flavor makes for some tasty bread and butter pickles.
I mentioned Scarlet Oak Tavern as a great alternative to Burton’s in Hingham and The Fours in Norwell, but keep this in mind: proper dress is required. Cut-off T-shirts, jean shorts, and Tevas with socks might work at the Fours, but it isn’t fashionable, and it doesn’t belong at Scarlet Oak Tavern. The casual-lunch types can get by with a clean pair of jeans and a polo. Skip the Ed Hardy, please.