I think most parents will agree that family dinners are important. I think most parents will also agree that between busy work schedules and crazy kid schedule they sometimes happen less than we would like. The great thing is family dinners don't have to mean someone cooks dinner and everyone eats at home. They can be sandwiches packed and eaten together at the ballfield after practice, take-out shared at the island in the kitchen or a delicious meal at a local restaurant like we recently had when Perch 143 invited us to visit them for a meal. The important part is sitting down together and connecting.
This is a crazy week in the Macaroni Kid house with two children celebrating birthdays, Macaroni Dad's graduation from graduate school, press tickets to a show in Boston, along with the regular weekday craziness of work, school, swimming, softball, scouts and a dinner out was just what we needed to connect as a family. Bonus points were added because I didn't have to cook or clean up, the kids weren't grumpy because one of them wanted one thing and another something else. Plus, there were lots of delicious choices, creative cocktails (bonus!), and a super cute, cozy and welcoming atmosphere made our first visit to Perch 143 pretty close to perfect.
Located upstairs from GloveUp, right in Cohasset Village, Perch 143 is the latest brainchild of the owners of the popular Crow's Landing in Hingham. While they weren't looking to open another restaurant but when they saw the space with its high vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and view of St. Stephens they fell in love and knew it was the perfect place for a Cohasset Village "Perch". Their menu is fun and unique with dishes like Goat Cheese Hot Pockets, but also features fresh spins classic options like Chicken Parmesan with linguine, 12-hour tomatoes, and fresh pulled mozzarella. I can personally vouch for the Roasted Chicken and Pappardelle which I didn't let anyone else try and has an almost chicken and dumpling or chicken noodle soup feel to it - but in the best way possible. My husband loved the herb-roasted chicken and with a brother who is a local chef, he can be hard to please. The kids' menu features three entree options but with six sides there are a countless number of ways to pair them - including some vegetables which apparently my children didn't order. In addition to the grilled chicken and chicken parmesan that my kids ordered, there are also cheeseburger sliders on the kids' menu that looked awesome. Bonus, the desserts were to die for, the cocktails are delicious and they have a wide variety of beer on tap for mom and dad.
Not familiar with the numbers 1-4-3? Minot's Ledge Lighthouse off Cohasset's coast flashes 1-4-3 which are the number of letters in "I love you" and our family is certainly in love with Perch 143 and how fun and easy they made it for us to enjoy a family dinner together. The best part might be that in addition to serving dinner starting at 5 PM daily they also serve breakfast and lunch all weekend starting at 9 AM. Our loyal readers know we love a great breakfast and we will be back soon to check it out! Plus, they have a gorgeous private room that is perfect for baby showers, birthday parties, and other fun family gatherings.
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Note - Our family was provided with a meal at Perch 143 for the purpose of this article. No additional compensation was provided and all thoughts and opinions are that of the author.
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