Discover Cohasset’s newest hidden gem, Perch 143By Kellie Speed
You really have to be looking for Perch 143 in order to find it. Situated on the second floor of a rustic building in Cohasset Village, the restaurant offers a gorgeous view of the nearby St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Since opening in December, the restaurant has quickly garnered the support of the local community.
Operated by the same team that runs Crow’s Landing in Hingham, Perch 143 occupies a space previously home to a marketing company. Having undergone a major renovation, the restaurant features an open kitchen, cozy bar and seating for up to 75 people.
You notice the lively vibe as soon as you walk up to the second floor restaurant. Once inside, there is communal seating at two long tables in front of the bar. There is additional seating in the bar area as well as a separate dining room out back for quieter conversations. The interior boasts exposed brick and beams, soaring cathedral ceilings with skylights and hardwood floors.
The menu features creative American fare, and you won’t find any fried foods on the menu. For starters, there are “snacks,” like spiced almonds with harissa powder and honey; deviled eggs; parmesan cheese straws and pulled-pork sliders and a selection of small-plate dishes.
We recommend the gnocchi, made with smoked mozzarella and served in an addicting sausage and fennel red sauce (ask for extra bread for dipping). The buffalo chicken meatballs, served with a side of bleu cheese dressing and fresh celery, are perfect for sharing.
The burger bar here is quite impressive. Customers choose a protein—choices include beef, turkey, organic salmon, buffalo chicken or a quinoa-and-black-bean combination. Burgers come with baked French fries and are served on multigrain rolls, however, brioche, focaccia, English muffin and gluten-free options are also available. You can mix and match toppings, but if you can’t decide, try a signature burger. We like the Woodlands, which comes topped with mushroom ragout, truffle parmesan aioli and Swiss cheese, and the New England, which is made with maple bacon, Vermont cheddar and tangy cranberry compote.
For the main meal, entrees include items like braised lamb shanks, grilled pork porterhouse, chicken parmesan and clams with linguine. Nightly specials include chicken Marsala on Mondays, bacon-wrapped meatloaf on Tuesdays, spaghetti in a 12-hour sauce served on Wednesdays, rigatoni Bolognese on Thursdays and Fridays (be sure to get here early because this one sells out for good reason), and a chicken pot pie served on the weekend.
Don’t leave without trying a dessert. The apple crostata served with a scoop of creamy caramel ice cream is a fine ending and will guarantee you won’t miss it next time you drive through downtown Cohasset.