This weekend I spent a bunch of time in Beacon Hill. It’s one of the most quintessential Boston neighborhoods, but I don’t spend nearly as much time there as I would like to or should. Probably because we love our own neighborhood (the South End) so much, it just becomes easier to frequent places closer by. This weekend kicked off with a delicious and super fun girls’ night at Bin 26 Enoteca, located on one of Beacon Hill’s most popular streets, Charles Street.
Bin 26 is all about the wine so I instantly loved it. The decor is made of wine bottles and wine labels, even the bathroom ceiling! The name of the restaurant is also derived from the love of wine- Bin is a reference to the bin where wine would be stored in a wine cellar, with 26 as a nod to their Charles Street address. The wine list was extensive. You also have the option to order different sizes of wine which makes things flexible (biggest size for me please!).
It has become a tradition with three of my girlfriends and I to always go out for Boston’s Restaurant Week, also known as Dine Out Boston. If you live in Boston, Dine Out Boston is still going on this week! It’s the perfect time to try some place new! We picked Bin 26 for our Dine Out Boston experience based on the menu which features offering steak, salmon and homemade pasta for entrees. We have this habit though of using Restaurant Week as our excuse to go out, but then ordering off the regular menu :). When our waiter explained the menu to us, we couldn’t help, but take note of the Pappardelle dish. We couldn’t resist the description of the pork sausage ragu, with walnuts and truffle oil. So, we had to order that to share in addition to the Restaurant Week menu choices. Bin 26’s menu is primarily small plates which are the perfect size for sharing. By the way, the pappardelle was well worth ordering. We all loved it!
In addition, I ordered the arancini as my appetizer, the hanger steak for an entree and the ThreeRamisu for dessert. All of these items are on the regular menu. Arancini is typically one of my favorite ways to start an Italian meal. Unfortunately, this one left a bit to be desired for me. I just wanted a bit more flavor to it. Next, the hanger steak- it was perfectly cooked and really hit the spot. It was served with brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes with pancetta. Now you know I’m not a big fan of mashed potatoes, but if you are someone who likes them, I am sure they would have been excellent. You can’t really go wrong with pancetta I don’t think!
The ThreeRamisu was the perfect sweet ending to a delicious night! When we first saw the menu, we all assumed maybe it was a typo on the menu for tiramisu. Kind of embarrasing, but what would you have thought? I definitely hadn’t heard of a ThreeRamisu! Once our waiter explained, I immediately knew I was trying it for dessert. The ThreeRamisu is a piece of tiramisu, topped with tiramisu icecream and paired with a shot of tiramisu flavored drink. It was such a unique take on traditional tiramisu.
I loved my night out at Bin 26- the decor, the wine, the food and especially the company. I’m looking forward to visiting again and have my eyes out for attending one of the wine dinners they host!
How was your weekend? Did you eat out anywhere yummy?
PS- Happy happy happy birthday to my little sister and best friend, Christine who is celebrating her birthday today!
Restaurants that offer an impressive wine selection to pair with their food are a “must visit.” Bin 26 is a good place to visit for dinner while in the Beacon Hill area. The fact that they offer different sizes is a huge draw, too. It’s frustrating when I see a wine that I want to try but I’m stuck getting the whole bottle.
John, the different sizes are an amazing part of the selection there and really add some flexibility to the meal too 🙂 Thanks for reading my post and stopping by!