528 Commonwealth Avenue
We had a day and a night planned in Boston. After quitting the Cape after breakfast (and packing our camping equipment), we checked into our hotel in South Boston in the early afternoon. We had planned to hit a Triple D Italian 'dive' but decided to have a burger at a pub instead. As we rested before heading out to Newbury I did some research and found this Boston Burger Blog.
Finding one of the top tens in the neighbourhood where we were heading, we decided to drop in at Eastern Standard. There were no tables available on OpenTable, but we stopped by to find out if they accepted drop ins and they did. We were informed by the friendly hostess that even at peak hours parties of two never have to wait long.
After some retail therapy, we returned famished and did not wait for a great banquette table. Eastern Standard is a large American bistro style restaurant. The service was excellent and the menu varied. The burger was easily the most affordable main on the menu at 13$ but there were plenty of other choices for more discerning diners.
We started with the ceviche of the day which happened to be one of my favourites: scallops. This came with a huge side of chips (crisps not fries) and I quickly
asked the waitress to change my side order to a green salad. The
ceviche was perfectly citrusy and delicious. I would have appreciated
some heat from chilis but it was very good.
The Arnold Palmer I ordered came in layers and I thought was pretty enough to include here.
And the burger... The burger was a perfect specimen, juicy and delicous. I thought the
buttery brioche made it very rich and decadent. But it was quite good.
We finished the meal with a classic bistro dessert of crème brûlée. We both thought the sugar crust was thick enough. It was very good and studded with vanilla pod seeds.
Not far from Fenway Park, this would be the perfect eatery after an afternoon game... as long as you don't indulge too much in park dogs beforehand.