I’ve explored the depths of non-city burgers once or twice, most recently here. I’m a city boy, more or less, but I have no qualms about traveling all over this state, region, or country for great eats, never mind a great burger. Hingham isn’t exactly the farthest destination, but far enough for the SBK and I to enjoy a little car ride while I swear at traffic all the while. Scarlet Oak Tavern was the destination, and I’m happy to report it was worth the trip. I opted for the Gus Burger (cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg) for a mere $12. Arriving hot, juicy, and with a dominating char aroma, it was satisfying and worthy of the price tag. Not without flaws, but if you’ve read anything on this website before, that shouldn’t surprise you.
The beef on the Scarlet Oak Tavern burger is enjoyable; it’s not flashy, complicated or unique, but it fits the bill. Cooked with just a hint of pink, it’s your standard Chuck burger, and sometimes that’s all a burger needs. They aren’t trying to reinvent the (burger) wheel here, and quite frankly, they don’t have to. The bacon plays its part, although I would have enjoyed a little more snap and a little less chew. The fried egg bursts with creaminess upon the first interaction, and that yellow yolk truly is a spectacle when done right. The bun works well, a soft but firm offering that is similar to a Kaiser Roll, it’s a good selection if not a tad large for the burger itself. We like the fries too, eerily reminiscent of the Beehive fries, they are cut irregluarly, with a half-fry, half-chip quality. Salty enough, they are crunchy and a good counterpart to the accompanying sandwich.
Although not a complete one-of-a-kind experience, and a fairly typical burger in many regards, the Scarlet Oak Tavern at least hits all the right notes. The burger is cooked properly, and if this burger were any closer to the city, it’d probably cost a few dollars more. For $12 you feel like you’re getting away with something, maybe not unique enough for a two-hour round trip jaunt to Hingham, but delicious nonetheless.
Overall Score: 85