Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I typically head down to Bristol, RI, and the surrounding area on July 4th, not so much to watch the fireworks down there, but to go on the beautiful bike path that follows the water most of the way. But this year, we decided to spend the afternoon and evening in Hull, watching the Boston fireworks from Hull Gut (at the very tip of the peninsula). But before we did, we made a trip over to Barefoot Bob's, an offbeat spot across from Nantasket Beach that turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Barefoot Bob's looks a little rough upon first glance (at least approaching it from the beach side), with its big outdoor patio that looks more like someone's driveway and its cheesy tiki bar near the entrance to the inside dining area. But I quickly realized that, at dinnertime, anyways, it seems fairly peaceful, with an interesting mix of wealthy suburbanites in designer outfits, burly bikers with cans of beer in their hands, and mellow beachgoers strolling across the street for a bite to eat after a long day on the sand. Indeed, few restaurants in the Boston area can claim a more intriguing spot for people-watching.
I expected basic bar food at Barefoot Bob's, but what we got was a little more than that. The chili, for instance, was rich in flavor and loaded with beef (though they shouldn't call it four-alarm chili, as there was very little heat). The steak tips were lean and tender, and the tangy teriyaki-style marinade was so good that it instantly placed these tips into the upper echelons of dining spots in the Boston area that serve this dish. As for the grilled turkey panini, well, it was the least inspiring of the dishes, as the thick bread wasn't really pressed all that much and the half-melted cheddar cheese overwhelmed the otherwise tasty apple wood smoked bacon and real turkey slices. Drinks included a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat (always outstanding) and a sixteen-ounce can of Red Stripe--a guilty pleasure of mine that always seems to taste better when the ocean is nearby.
We were pretty happy overall with the food and drink at Barefoot Bob's, and the atmosphere was something we won't soon forget--the odd mix of suburbanites, bikers, and beachgoers felt downright weird at times, but certainly never dull, and there was a lot of laughter and good times being had by most folks there. I'm looking forward to heading back to this little spot across from Nantasket Beach, perhaps trying the pizza or a burger next time.
If you would like the address for Barefoot Bob's, here it is: Barefoot Bob's Beach Grill, 276 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA, 02045. Phone: (781) 925-2007.
After making more visits to Barefoot Bob's, we have decided to feature the restaurant on our site. Here is the link: http://www.hiddenboston.com/BarefootBobs.html
Posted on 8/27/09
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