Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Heavenly Hummus and Soggy Bread at Beantown Pub

A few weeks ago, Z and I went out for dinner the night before I was leaving for a business trip. Z had just purchased a bunch of deals through Living Social for Beantown Pub, so we hopped on our bicycles and rode into the city for some beer and pub grub.

Beantown Pub's atmosphere is nothing fancy, but rightfully so - the restaurant is dimly lit, perfectly casual, and scattered with bar stools, pool tables, and diners who just want to eat good, affordable food in a laid back environment. We picked a table right next to a large window that overlooked the street outside for optimal people watching and necessary additional lighting.

Although Beantown Pub's beer list is limited, I started with a delicious, delightfully chilled Sam Adams Brick Red.

For an appetizer, Z and I split the My Mom's Homemade Hummus ($6.95), which was served with fresh pita bread.

Mom's Homemade Hummus was probably the best hummus I've had at a restaurant to date. The hummus itself was wonderfully smooth and well seasoned, while the garnish of olive oil, herbs and spices added an unexpected (albeit highly welcomed) flavor. 

Since I put away a good amount of hummus, I decided to get something small for my entree. I opted on the Beantown Bruschetta appetizer ($6.95), which is a more recent addition to the Pub's menu. The menu describes the bruschetta as "Toasted Garlic Bread Topped with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Diced Tomatoes, Basil, Red Onions, with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette." What I got was unfortunately a soggy, unimpressive mess of bread, tomatoes and oversalted Parmesan cheese.

I was extremely disappointed, because I was really in the mood for some thin-sliced crusty bread with fresh tomatoes, fragrant basil, and creamy mozzarella, but instead I received four oversized hunks of bread that became increasingly soggy thanks to the mountain of tomatoes carelessly thrown on top of them. The Parmesan cheese was also unexpected and uninvited to the dish. 

Overall, Beantown Pub is a relaxed, no frills bar that has a fairly diverse menu and very affordable prices. Although my bruschetta was a disappointment, the hummus tells me their food has to be, for the most part, well-made and enjoyable - so I plan to give them another chance in the near future.

Have you ever eaten at Beantown Pub? What was your experience?

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  1. Wow- that is great to hear about the hummus! I would never have imagined that it would be so well made! I'll definitely have to try that next time!

  2. I've eaten at Beantown Pub countless times when I was in law school (it is right next door) and I still go there time and again for lunch. I've never tried their hummus but I'm a big fan of their salads!