The Beehive, Boston, MA

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 9th, 2011 | Chef Interviews

Four days into Restaurant Week Boston Winter 2011 seems the perfect time to highlight one of the restaurants and its chef.  With over 225 participating restaurants, the options were many, but The Beehive and Chef Rebecca Newell seemed to be a perfect choice.  Located on Tremont Street in Boston’s South End, it is a fun and fabulous place to enjoy a delicious meal and vibrant atmosphere.

The Beehive will celebrates its fourth birthday this May, and Chef Newell has been the Executive Chef for most of that time, taking the reins in September 2007.  The menu at The Beehive is constantly evolving, but there are dishes for which it is known, such as their Moroccan Cigars (lamb-filled phyllo springrolls) and Truffled Potato & Cheese Pierogies (served with caramelized onions and sour cream).

As for the changes to the menu, they occur on a weekly basis.  As Chef Newell explained, “New items are a switch for our regulars.  New dishes in circulation get people talking.”  Some of the new items may be inspired by an event, such as an Irish item for St. Patrick’s Day.  The menu also changes based on availability, such as fresh produce in the summer or due to whimsy, such as a recently created blood orange walnut muffin with cranberries that was served at brunch.

The Beehive is one of the many Boston area restaurants participating in Restaurant Week.  Rather than offering a special menu for the week, almost their entire menu is available to be made into a prix fixe meal.  A few items, such as the raw bar, are not included in the prix fixe choices.  There also are some menu items that can be included as part of your prix fixe meal but require a five dollar upcharge.  However, if you are enjoying a 3-course dinner at a hip restaurant for $38.11 (regular price of $33.11 plus upcharge), how is that not a fabulous deal?

The Beehive is a great choice for dinner any night of the week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  As Chef Newell aptly stated, “The Beehive is always buzzing.”  Of course, with live music seven nights a week and hours that last until 2:00 am, it would be hard for this restaurant to be anything less than buzzing.  Of course, even with a full house, you’re likely to find a seat at the bar, so don’t let a buzzing crowd deter you from giving The Beehive a try.


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