THE BEECHTREE GRILL
If consistency is one measure of success, then Arlington’s Beechtree Grill can easily lay claim to the local title. Little has changed since the place opened twenty years ago. Much of the staff has been there for as long as we can remember. Same for many of the local customers, whose appearance is as predictable as sundown. It’s a tiny place, seating maybe fifty people, with another dozen stools at the bar. During dinner hour those stools are prime real estate, as the Beech is a favorite destination for single diners looking for a conversation and a good meal.
A typical bar crowd is an eclectic mix of locals that could pass for the cast of a Richard Russo novel. The 9 pm bar crowd is often there for a late dinner, as the kitchen is open until 11:30 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 PM Sunday and Monday. The place looks like a bistro should look, with striped brick walls, and bentwood bistro chairs around slightly too small and slightly too close together tables. It is as unpretentious and comfortable as an old sweater.
The restaurant offers a similar menu for lunch and dinner, and the offerings include sandwiches, salads, burgers, pastas, and a few entrees at all hours. The specials are usually worth paying attention to– the kitchen will occasionally come up with some interesting surprises. A good selection of moderately priced wines is typically up on the blackboard, available by the glass. There is usually nothing fancy, just “village” selections of a few pinots and cabs, tempranillos and malbecs. The Beechtree Grill is an old jazz standard that we still very much enjoy listening too.
– Joe Steiniger, read more at NorthCountryRambler.com