The TV show Cheers ran for 11 fantastic seasons based on the premise that people want to belong somewhere; to go where “everybody knows your name.” And in this digital world, where so much interaction is impersonal, it is nice to have a place you can feel at home, no matter what the occasion.
Crow’s Landing is the perfect destination restaurant. Located at 6 Crow Point in Hingham, it offers fresh, healthy comfort food in a relaxed environment. Even if you don’t live in Crow Point, here are 9 reasons that you should make Crow’s Landing your new neighborhood restaurant.
It’s pretty simple. Without a superlative chef and management staff, a restaurant will not survive. Lucky for us, Crow’s Landing perfected their service right from the start!
Executive Chef Erik Stenfors graduated with an associate degree from The Culinary Institute of America. Later, when it became a four-year program, a select group of associate grads were invited back to complete the bachelor program. Erik was chosen for this honor. Upon graduation, he trained under Chef Ken Oringer at Tosca. He also spent six years as a private chef to a local celebrity, and it is during this time that he truly developed his personal style. This was the style he would bring to Saporito’s,in Hull a restaurant that he owned with his wife for eight years. At Saporito’s, he created his famous Rigatoni Alla Bolognese, which now holds a prized place on the Crow’s Landing Menu. “Everything is made in-house,” says Chef. “From the salad dressing, to guacamole, to pasta, to the BBQ pork, this is a scratch kitchen, and our customers truly appreciate that.” “Keep it simple and let the ingredients speak for themselves” is the philosophy embraced by Stenfors, and he keeps to that tenet with every dish he creates.
General Manager Mike Hughesknows quite a bit about making people feel welcome. Before coming to Crow’s Landing, he spent 12 years at, Cheers in Boston, three of those as the assistant general manager “I believe in Crow’s Landing, 100%,“ says Hughes. “I worked as head bartender here before I was promoted to general manager. I still get behind the bar from time to time, and I really enjoy interacting with the customers.” Hughes is the inventor of several of the new craft cocktails on the menu. With years of bartending experience under his belt, he was eager to experiment with new summery flavors.
He is also in charge of selecting the beer and wine. “I’d like to start bringing in even more Massachusetts brands; the little guys who have great stories to tell” he says.
It’s Summer (or Fall, or Winter, or Spring!)
The menu at Crow’s Landing changes with the season, based on the freshest ingredients available. The Grilled Corn Pizza is a unique and refreshing idea that combines the sweetest summer corn with delicious spices, to create a one-of-a kind pizza experience. Summer salads feature New England’s bounty. The Heirloom Tomato Salad, with mozzarella cheese, aromatic basil, and grilled corn vinaigrette, bring you back to your mother’s garden. (If you add some melt-in-your-mouth eggplant and ciabatta, you have the delectable Grilled Eggplant Caprese Sandwich). The Watermelon Salad showcases fresh goat cheese, arugula, and three-pepper vinaigrette. The Crab Cake, which is burger size, is served with spicy mayo, pico de gallo, and for some creamy deliciousness, avocado. “The menu will always reflect the best that the season has to offer,” says Chef.
Every good Chef knows that when updating the menu, the best-sellers stay. At Crow’s Landing, there are quite a few. “The Nachos are definitely the number one appetizer,” says Stenfors. With melted Monterey Jack Cheese, pico de gallo, and house-made guacamole, the nachos become even more amazing when you add beef short rib, buffalo chicken, or BBQ pulled pork. “The Chopped Everything Salad, with lettuce, tomato, chick peas, provolone, salami, pepperoncini, and red onion will probably stay on the menu forever”, say Stenfors. “It’s that popular.” The Crow’s Burger, which is served on an oversized English muffin with pub sauce, aged cheddar, and applewood smoked bacon, is a go-to sandwich for a lot of customers, and the Roasted Salmon is one of the most well-loved entrees. The sweetheart of the dessert menu is the Fresh Berry Shortcake. With Raspberries, Strawberries, and blueberries, it is a taste of summer, all year round.
It’s fun to be a regular
Those who dine at Crow’s Landing frequently have a little something extra to look forward to (besides the Rigatoni Alla Bolognese, of course!) In addition to the regular menu, Crow’s Landing offers a daily special. And each special has developed a crowd following. “People come in for their favorite server, favorite bartender, and most definitely for their favorite specials,” says Hughes.
This summer, the specials are:
Monday: $2 Sliders – American, BBQ, or Southwest
Tuesday: $.025 Wings – Buffalo, Honey BBQ, or Sesame Ginger
Wednesday: $1 Oysters – Buck-a-Shuck (The only time oysters appear on the menu, so don’t miss out!)
Thursday: Fish Tacos with bacon-lime tartar – new menu item
Saturday and Sunday: $4 BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, which are available for lunch on Saturday, and all day Sunday.
“The pulled pork sandwich has been a huge success,” says Chef. We roast it in the oven overnight, Friday into Saturday, and when we come in early Saturday morning, the restaurant smells like Heaven.”
Life is busy, and when you and your significant other finally get a chance to connect, you want to enjoy every minute of it. The atmosphere at Crow’s Landing is warm and inviting, cozy and fun; perfect for sharing a bottle of wine.
The wines at Crow’s Landing are chosen specifically to complement the menu. Mike Hughes works with distributors to find the highest quality wine at the greatest value. “I try to select wine that you can’t get at the shop down the street,” says Hughes. “We want people to look forward to our wine. It enhances their experience with us. “
If you would like to order by the glass, Allen Scott Sauvignon Blanc is a medium bodied white with the tropical flavors of passion fruit and melon, melded with gooseberry and lime. The Aviary Cabernet is a rich and balanced red with flavors of plum, currant, and black tea.
By the bottle, Eidosela Albrino is a delicate white with scents of ripe green pear and apple, backed by notes of white peach and lemon zest. And Carletto Montepulciano is a bold, inviting, red with aromas of cherries and spice.
Night out with Friends
If a friends’ night is on your mind, you will be pleased by the selection of specialty cocktails served at Crow’s Landing. Mike Hughes has created several fruity, delicious drinks that embody summer. The Blueberry Smash combines muddled blueberries, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and vodka. Simple and delicious. Another popular drink is the Strawberry Spritzer. This light but flavorful drink brings together muddled strawberries, lime juice, and lemon-lime soda.
Red and White Sangrias are always on the menu, and the Rum Swizzle is a take on the famous drink from Bermuda with Goslings dark rum, bitters, grenadine, pineapple, and orange juice. You will find classic drinks on the menu too. The Merrill Mojito is made with Bacardi Superior white rum, fresh mint and lime.
All of these drinks can be paired with appetizers and served at the bar, making a night out with friends casual, fun, and easy.
Watching the Game
While Crow’s Landing is not a sports bar, the design of the restaurant is ingenious. The 17.5-foot silestone bar creates a natural separation from the dining room. This allows sports fans to take advantage of the two flat screens behind the bar. There are a total of four in the restaurant. The big draw, however, is the beer selection. With six taps (and four more in the works), as well as 15 varieties of bottled beer, Crow’s Landing is a destination for the both the adventurous and more conventional beer lovers.
The Beer Experience
You will find a thoughtfully chosen group of beers on draught: Blue Moon Belgian White, Coors Light, Guinness, , Sam Seasonal, Long Trail IPA, and a seasonally chosen craft beer. And with the upcoming four additional taps, soon there will be 10 delicious draught beers to choose from.
The bottled beers take us on an international adventure. Starting in Massachusetts, with Naukabout American Pale Ale and Notch Session Pilsner, we sail over to Nantucket for Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, and then zip down to Kentucky for Bourbon Barrel Ale. Next, we head cross-country to California for Lagunitas IPA and Green Flash West Coast IPA. Back to the Northeast, in Maine, we indulge in Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale and Allagash White IPA before rounding it off in New Hampshire with Woodstock Brown Ale. We step briefly out of country for Corona and Stella Artois, and if you’re a St. Louis or Milwaukee fan, there’s Bud, Bud light, and Miller as well. This summer, they are featuring Del’s Shandy, a lemonade/beer mix inspired by Del’s famous lemonade from Rhode Island(and originally from Italy!). No matter what your preference, you will find it here.
Lunch and Dinner that EVERYONE can enjoy
It’s no secret that the places that are most kid friendly are usually the least adult friendly, and vice versa. That is not the case at Crow’s Landing. “We often have people tell us that they have to choose between a dinner the kids will enjoy, or a dinner the parents will enjoy,” says Hughes. “But here, they know they can get both. We love hearing that, because that is the atmosphere we have strived to create – one in which everyone feels welcome – children and adults alike.”
Instead of frozen chicken fingers, fish sticks, or pizza, the food on the children’s menu is exactly the same as that on the rest of the menu –in kid-size portions. And ordering is even more fun. Children can select protein – fish, chicken, meatballs or a burger. Then they choose a side dish: baked French fries, pasta with sauce or butter, or mac ‘n cheese. Finally, they select a fruit or vegetable: carrots, apples, cucumber, or green salad. And if lunch is more to your liking, come by Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11:00 a.m.
There is something for everyone and every occasion at Crow’s Landing. With quality food, creative beverages, and friendly service, Crow’s Landing is sure to become your new neighborhood favorite.
For more information, and to see updated menus, visit: crowslandingma.com.