May 19, 2021 by Gabrielle Martin
Beach House Hingham is back! The harbor-side snack shack, located at 95 Otis Street, opened for the ’21 summer season on April 28. The bistro, which overlooks the scenic and serene town Bathing Beach, serves a selection of beach fare, casual comfort foods, and sweet treats, including hand-scooped ice cream, milkshakes, soft serve, and sundaes.
Beach House Hingham is a collaborative effort shared between the owners of several established Hingham eateries including the beloved Stars on Hingham Harbor, the ever-iconic Tosca and its sister site Cafe Tosca, and the artisanal bread bakers at Fireking—all of which are part of Eat Well, Inc.
- Did You Know? Tosca chef Kevin Long oversees the snack shop’s kitchen, curating the menu and facilitating production.
- Fun Fact: Fireking Baking Co. provides all of the bistro’s bread, including the fresh-baked rolls used for the Beach House burgers, hot dogs, and lobster rolls.
Last summer, I went on assignment for the Anchor to review several items on Beach House Hingham’s menu including:
- Basket of Mixed Fries, $4.50: Beach House’s basket of mixed fries is a God-tier combination of crinkle, shoestring, steak fries, tater tots, and waffle fries seasoned with F.F. Spice and Roadhouse Sauce.
- (Kids) Button Island Burger, $4.95: You can’t go wrong with a Button Island Burger, made from the Beach House’s prime burger blend and served with or without cheese. It’s flavorful, filling, and just $4.95! However, for those who have worked up an appetite sunning at the Bathing Beach or from an afternoon out boating, I suggest the Beach Burger, $9.75: it’s two patties topped with Roadhouse Sauce and pickles.
- Clam Chowder, $8.20: New Englanders know there’s nothing quite like a good cuppa chowda, and Beach House’s smoked bacon blend delivers: their chowder is flavorful, thick (as it should be!), and darn delicious.
I also made sure to get the scoop on the sweet stuff:
- Brownie Sundae, $8.50: Have a wicked sweet tooth? Order the Beach House’s Brownie Sundae and prepare to receive one decadent dessert served with chocolate and vanilla ice creams hot fudge, and chocolate brownies.
- Chocolate, $4.50: A chocolate milkshake is such a classic menu item, something I consider timeless, but in something so simple, there requires a considerable amount of skill: I am thrilled to confirm that the Beach House possesses this magic and makes one heck of a chocolate shake.
This month, I went back to the Beach House to test-taste several menu items.
Barbeque Chicken Tacos, $14.00
The Beach House’s tacos consist of soft, shredded barbecue chicken served in warm tortillas with a masterful blend of tomato salad salsa, lime sour cream, and queso chihuahua—and what a wonderful combination that is!
Without a doubt, this has to be one of the tastiest options on the menu: this entree is packed with flavor, offering a crisp, fresh, and lighter alternative to the fried food on the beach fare menu.
The packaging is also worth noting: effective and efficient, the three-tier division takes most of the mess out of this meal.
Fried clams signal the arrival of summer in New England and are often a staple of the season’s seafood spreads, making this the perfect pick for a late-spring feast.
Beach House’s clams are hand-breaded in cornflour, creating a divine combination of chew and crunch with delectable elements of flakiness and tenderness; this dish is served with delicious hand-cut coleslaw, a generous helping of mixed fries, and tartar sauce.
The smell alone is mouthwateringly delicious!
Beach House Hingham’s hot dogs are one hundred percent beef and served on a buttered Fireking roll grilled to perfection. Truth be told, the bun makes the meal! This is the right choice for those craving a classic take-it-to-go summer staple.
New to the Hand Scooped section of Beach House bistro’s menu is the option to order Lemon Sorbet.
- What Is Sorbet? Sorbet is a frozen dessert defined as containing water, fruit juice (or pulp), and sugar.
- Sorbet vs. Sherbert? Think of it like this: sherbet (often containing cream and/or egg) is sorbet’s creamier cousin.
We ordered ours—serving size: regular, which proved to be more than enough—in a cup (though it would be something spectacular in a waffle cone) and received a plentiful serving several short moments later.
After test-tasting, I concluded that Beach House’s lemon sorbet is an excellent addition to the menu, offering customers a smooth blend of flavors, being both sweet and somewhat tart.
I recommend ordering this thirst-quenching refresher after spending hours under the glorious spring sun: it’s a dessert certain to replenish and revitalize, and would pair well with the Summer Watermelon Salad, $12.00.
Hard-scoop Triple Chocolate is one of Beach House’s most popular orders—and for good reason! Ordering a scoop of this flavor is nothing short of an act of self-love: indulge in a decadent combination of brownie bits and a rich fudge swirl submerged in classic chocolate ice cream. This is the perfect sweet treat to end an amazing afternoon or kick off an exciting evening!
At this point, I've tasted a comprehensive sampling of Beach House Hingham's menu, both beach fare and sweet treats, and can conclude that this is nothing short of excellent addition to Hingham's waterfront dining scene: truth be told, there's just nothing nicer than supporting a local business over a meal of fast-casual food at an institution offering sublime service and a scenic setting (plus there's an abundance of free parking).
Fireking Baking Co. owner and Beach House shareholder Greg Acerra told the Anchor's Carol Britton Meyer he believes that Beach House's secret to success is its ability to offer so many desirable amenities all at once by “[serving] food and ice cream that everyone loves and associates with summer near a beautiful beach with views of the harbor.”
Specials will be added as the season progresses, so keep an eye out for new additions.
Hours of Operation:
- Mondays through Thursdays, 2:00pm–8:00pm
- Fridays, 2:00pm–9:00pm
- Saturdays, 11:00am–9:00pm
- Sundays, 11:00am–8:00pm