Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Bridgeman's in Hull: A Restaurant That Is Almost Too Good to Be True -- and Too Popular to Be on our Web Site
A quick thought on a restaurant I tried last night while enjoying the day in cozy Franklin St. Park in Cambridge...Bridgeman's in Hull (145 Nantasket Ave., Hull, Ma, 02045...phone number: 781-925-6336), which I tried Saturday evening, may be the best restaurant I have tried since perhaps Apsara in Providence, RI, or Via Veneto in San Francisco, CA.
Bridgeman's is in the heart of Nantasket Beach, a part of Hull that went through some bad times years ago, but is now coming back strongly, and is a very enjoyable place to go in the summertime. The Nantasket section of Hull has some great restaurants, including the romantic Mezzo Mare, and some restaurants that, while not outstanding, have a fun seaside atmosphere, such as The Red Parrot. Bridgeman's, however, may be the best of them all, and perhaps the best restaurant on the entire South Shore of Boston.
The chef at Bridgeman's is actually the brother of Donnie and Mark Wahlberg of acting and music fame. And what a chef Paul Wahlberg is; the sliced tenderloin of beef with risotto is absolutely fabulous, and the Brodetto Di Pesce, which has black pasta with mussels, clams, and shrimp in tomato broth, is out of this world. The Wahlberg family is talented in many ways, that's for sure! One note about the items on the menu; while the entrees are mostly upscale Northern Italian dishes, the prices are very reasonable. Many items are under $20, which is a bargain for a restaurant like Bridgeman's.
We sat in the outdoor patio and watched a double rainbow curve toward the Atlantic Ocean while waiting for our food. And while there was a long wait for tables inside, we were able to get our outdoor table right away. But alas, the hour-long wait for an indoor table and the many accolades I have read in books and online about Bridgeman's prevents us from including this incredible Italian restaurant from being featured on Boston's Hidden Restaurants. At the very least, though, I'm glad I can use this blog to let people know just how good Bridgeman's in Hull is. This is one Boston restaurant that everyone should consider going to, in my opinion.
Again, if you want the address for Bridgeman's, here it is: Bridgeman's, 145 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA 02045; the phone number is (781) 925-6336.
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