Photos by Rochelle Li, Words by Amanda Barone, Marisa Catapano, Jordan Rozenfeld
Forever in search of the perfect Sunday brunch, The Trio headed to Boston’s South End to The Beehive: a Bohemian eatery, bar, and jazz club. Upon our arrival, we realized the restaurant was packed. The amount of customers led us to believe that The Beehive would soon live up to its hype.
Our party of three was led by a friendly hostess down a flight of stairs, and into an open room brimming with tables and jazz music. We imagine that this is what it must have been like in the era of Prohibition- leaving an unassuming entrance behind and entering a swinging speakeasy.
The atmosphere of the main dining room was perfect for a relaxing Sunday brunch. In the corner, a live band played smooth jazz, creating a relaxing aura that was only amplified by low lighting, vintage chandeliers, eclectic decor, and exposed brick. Seated comfortably between the bar and the stage, we could hardly wait to place our orders.
After spotting it on another table, we decided that we absolutely had to start our meal with the Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Honey Butter. Arriving at our table on a wooden cutting board, this appetizer was the perfect bite of fall flavor. Warm and moist, the taste of the coffee cake was bettered by the unbelievably creamy honey butter and freshly sliced strawberries on top.
Then came the main course. Just when we thought our lives couldn’t get any better, our waitress came over to the table carrying three heaping plates of food. Wanting to get the most out of what The Beehive had to offer, we all ordered different things. Jordan ordered the eggs shakshuka, Marisa the salmon cakes with poached eggs, home fries, and a mixed salad, and Amanda got the thick-cut french toast with chantilly cream and maple syrup.
Jordan ordered the eggs shakshuka: poached eggs enveloped in a North African-inspired tomato sauce all served on a silver dish. The tomato sauce was so spicy that, upon trying it, Amanda began to cry (although in Amanda’s defense, Jordan really should have warned her). Bursting with spices that at times were a bit overwhelming, this hearty dish was truly the quintessential Bohemian meal.
Marisa received the salmon cakes with poached eggs, home fries, and a mixed salad. Marisa fell silent as she devoured her food. The salmon cakes were seared to perfection and topped with creamy hollandaise and oozing poached eggs. This meal completely reinvented the way she thought about how eggs are best served.
And Amanda had the thick-cut french toast with chantilly cream and maple syrup. The toast was cut thickly, fried with brown sugar, and topped with heavenly whipped cream and powdered sugar. This dish instantly transported Amanda to an old-fashioned boardwalk eatery with melt-in-your-mouth french toast that was reminiscent of the sweetest of funnel cakes.
All in all, The Trio had an unBEElievable experience at The Beehive. We will definitely be making our way back for another round of great service, incredible food, and good vibes.
541 Tremont St
617 423 0069