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Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five Good Restaurant Options to Usher in the Summer

photo of of Barefoot Bob's Beach Grill, Hull, MAToday is the first day of summer, and the weather forecast for the next week or so certainly proves it, with warm days and sunshine ahead. So what are some good "summertime" dining spot to go to that might not be as well-known as, say, Kelly's at Revere Beach, Woodman's in Essex, or Legal Sea Foods in Boston's Seaport District? Below are five eateries (in no particular order) that you might not know about, but which represent the summer in a variety of ways, including water views, scenic drives to get to them, and outdoor dining.

1) Barefoot Bob's Beach Grill, Hull
Hull is not an easy place to get to, but for those who are willing to drive to this narrow peninsula on the South Shore, there are a number of interesting restaurants in town, including this fun spot that's across the street from Nantasket Beach. Barefoot Bob's is a great place to go to in the warmer months, as it has an outdoor tiki bar where folks saunter in from across the street in their beach garb and enjoy seafood and drinks while catching the sea breezes that come off the water.

2) Johnson's Drive-In, Groton
In some ways, getting to Johnson's is half the fun, as a trip up Route 225 goes through some of the more peaceful and scenic areas of Eastern Massachusetts. And once you get to Johnson's, you're rewarded with a classic roadside food spot complete with fried chicken, burgers, ice cream, and yes, the option to dine outdoors under the pines. Dining indoors isn't so bad, either, as the interior is well-worn and rustic, feeling like a place a million miles away from Boston.

3) Bianchi's Pizza, Revere
Just south of the aforementioned Kelly's at Revere Beach is a tiny take-out only pizza spot called Bianchi's. And to say takeout is an understatement, as it is basically a large counter facing the street without even an entrance or a dining area inside. But what Bianchi's lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up in pizza quality, with classic foldable slices that are reminiscent of some of the best that New York City has to offer. And you can walk across the street and sit on the wall, enjoying ocean views with your slices.

4) 88 Wharf, Milton
Nearly completely hidden from, well, just about everyone and everything, this upscale dining spot is located in Milton Landing, a scenic waterside area behind Milton Village and just south of Dorchester's Lower Mills. 88 Wharf resides on the ground floor of a residential building and has an outdoor patio that overlooks a part of the Neponset River that's more like a little harbor or a pond, making for a very peaceful overall experience--especially since there's almost no traffic because it's at the end of a short dead-end road.

5) Sophia's Grotto, Roslindale
OK, so there are no water views and the drive isn't particularly scenic (unless you go through the Arnold Arboretum on the way over), but this Mediterranean and Italian restaurant in the heart of Roslindale Village has a wonderful little piazza-type outdoor dining area that it shares with Village Sushi. The hidden patio is indeed a perfect spot to linger over food and drinks while catching the occasional breezes that cut through the alleyway that leads from Birch Street.

What are some of your favorite "summer" dining spots in the Boston area or elsewhere in Eastern Massachusetts? If you have any that you'd like to share, post them in the comments section here, thanks!

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