Don’t sleep on Revere Beach. Just minutes from downtown Boston is the oldest public beach in the United States. Revere Beach is far from old and has been slowly getting revamped over the last few years with brand new luxury apartments, restaurants, and bars with beach front views. On a warm summer night, there are few better places to spend the night close to the city.
Every good date night starts out with drinks. And what’s even better than drinks? Drinks with a view.
Mission has a large deck that overlooks Revere Beach, so you can enjoy summer-inspired cocktails with a view. The Mission rum punch might be our drink of the summer. Some other refreshing drinks include their coconut lemonade and vanilla spiced daiquiri. If you are looking for a snack, their ceviche brings that wave of citrus.
Right next to Mission is the real reason to come out to Revere Beach, Dryft. Dryft has all the makings of the ultimate date night spot. If you’re lucky, you’ll get one of their outside deck tables with a view of the ocean. But Dryft isn’t worth going to just for the view. The food here is top tier as well. Although Revere is not known for their seafood, it seems fitting that America’s oldest beach finally has a top quality spot. We started off with the grilled octopus, and this version was one of the best we’ve ever had. It was buttery and melted in our mouths with every bite. What made their octopus so special was the skordalia that it sat on. Skordalia is a potato and garlic dip that has everything that you love about mashed potatoes with the consistency of hummus and a strong garlic punch.
For our main, we had the roasted swordfish. To us, swordfish is the steak of the sea. When cooked correctly it has a meatiness to it, and the juices flow from every bite. Dryft executed the swordfish perfectly, serving it with seasonal vegetables and a roasted red pepper dip.
We also weren’t expecting the wide array of homemade pasta options. The dish we had (the sausage macaroni with vodka sauce and sweet Italian sausage) could go up against any North End spot. These weren’t your small elbow macaroni noodles. Instead, these were “large and in charge.” The vodka sauce was super creamy and there were chunks of Italian sausage in every bite.
There’s only one correct way to end a warm summer night, and that’s with an ice cream sundae. Kells specializes in soft serve ice cream, which has been notoriously hard to find around Boston (all recommendations are welcome!). The sundaes at Kells are simple, but in the best way possible. The homemade whipped cream is super rich and the hot fudge is abundant. Here, you can also get a freshly baked brownie on top.
Even if there’s a line down the street for this place, it’s worth every minute of the wait.