This is not what I was expecting. I was preparing myself for another ho-hum South End burger, you know the type, featuring brioche, arugula, and something with the word “truffle.” It might look pretty but it would be bland, expensive, and the servers would be pretentious. Instead, I was treated to a beefy, juicy and downright pleasing hamburger and fries combination, with attentive servers. They still charge more than I’d prefer, but it is the South End, I can sort of deal with a $14 burger, I can’t of course, deal with paying an extra $1 for cheese. But what can you do, I enjoyed my burger through and through, chatting with the passionate Gary from PigTrip for hours, about all things burgers and BBQ. They call it The Prime Burger, but I’m not sure if it’s actually made from Prime Beef or not, but it is beefy, and clearly not your run of the mill chuck or sirloin. It’s juicy from beginning to end, with a nice crust and a modest char, nothing overpowering but everything complementary. The fries, cleverly thinly cut lengthwise like a chip, but curvy, make for an excellent dipping vessel for the ketchup. They are seasoned to perfection and downright addictive. Slightly bland coleslaw rounds out the plate, a good option to have but certainly not the star of the show. The price of cheese makes this a $15 burger, which is fine, and mostly justified. While I still long for the lost art of the $10 burger like the one’s at Highland Kitchen or Miracle of Science, sometimes you just have to pay for location. For a very good option that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not, The Beehive is not to be missed.
Overall Score: 87