In Hingham after 10 p.m., you don't have to settle for franchise burgers along Route 3. Sliders made from smoked-then-braised brisket and lobster pizza await at the Scarlet Oak Tavern. Short-rib panini and gourmet pizzas are still coming out of the brick oven on weekends after most places on the South Shore are in a deep slumber. The clubby lounge in this rambling 250-year-old Colonial tavern attracts a polished crowd of twentysomethings. Votives in the fireplace and two bar areas, plus a patio garden in the summer, make eating late a very stylish choice.
> Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, around 10 the rest of the week
> Scarlet Oak Tavern 1217 Main Street, Hingham, 781-749-8200, scarletoaktavern.com
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