Guidebook for Somerville

Jon & Sandra
Jon & Sandra
Guidebook for Somerville

Food Scene

It's close and has falafel.
Noor Mediterranean Grill
136 College Avenue
It's close and has falafel.
Mikey makes a solid breakfast.
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Ball Square Cafe & Breakfast
708 Broadway
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Mikey makes a solid breakfast.
Another revered breakfast spot. Make sure to go early on weekends. There is always a line of hungover college kids.
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Sound Bites
704 Broadway
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Another revered breakfast spot. Make sure to go early on weekends. There is always a line of hungover college kids.
Old school diner. The first place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I am not sure that's a great thing, but they make a solid diner breakfast.
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Kelly's Diner
674 Broadway
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Old school diner. The first place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. I am not sure that's a great thing, but they make a solid diner breakfast.
Good coffee and local.
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True Grounds
717 Broadway
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Good coffee and local.
Vegan Tacos!
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Taco Party
711 Broadway
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Vegan Tacos!
Authentic Mexican from the Puebla region. Do not ask for a burrito. Be careful of the Sangria, my retinas popped out after a Sangria night there.
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Tu Y Yo
858 Broadway
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Authentic Mexican from the Puebla region. Do not ask for a burrito. Be careful of the Sangria, my retinas popped out after a Sangria night there.
I am not sure- tradition? This is where old time locals queue up for bread and desserts on holidays. I have been known to sneak in there for an apricot danish, or a chocolate chip cookie.
Lyndell's Bakery
720 Broadway
I am not sure- tradition? This is where old time locals queue up for bread and desserts on holidays. I have been known to sneak in there for an apricot danish, or a chocolate chip cookie.
Solid Breakfast.
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Renee's Cafe
198 Holland Street
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Solid Breakfast.
Dave's has great specialty foods, wine, cheese bread....
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Dave's Fresh Pasta
81 Holland Street
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Dave's has great specialty foods, wine, cheese bread....
Great fish market. Lots of sushi quality seafood.
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New Deal Fish Market
622 Cambridge Street
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Great fish market. Lots of sushi quality seafood.
My body understands their burritos.
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Anna's Taqueria
236 Elm Street
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My body understands their burritos.
Alvaro and Andres make the best tortas north of anywhere. Don't mess around, just get a straight up Carnitas Torta and a green apple Sidral.
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Tenóch Mexican
382 Highland Ave
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Alvaro and Andres make the best tortas north of anywhere. Don't mess around, just get a straight up Carnitas Torta and a green apple Sidral.
Just go. Make it your splurge night and make reservations. They serve some stuff in the Turkish Meyhane style, so don't leave unless they have brought you the fried chicken. Cassie hates requests, so don't ask for the chicken- just wait.
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Sarma
249 Pearl Street
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Just go. Make it your splurge night and make reservations. They serve some stuff in the Turkish Meyhane style, so don't leave unless they have brought you the fried chicken. Cassie hates requests, so don't ask for the chicken- just wait.
Go late and and nail a burger. It's better than Shake Shack across the park.
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Tasty Burger
40 John F. Kennedy Street
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Go late and and nail a burger. It's better than Shake Shack across the park.
Burn this place down. Go there big or don't go. Try and get a hook-up to go there.
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Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle St
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Burn this place down. Go there big or don't go. Try and get a hook-up to go there.
The New York Times has proclaimed Gus's ice cream to to be the best in the world. Sometimes you will find Corby Kummer, renowned food critic, using the place as his office. Lore has it that famous MIT researchers that worked there during undergrad still come there to "clear their head" by making a batch of ice cream at 3 am.
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Toscanini's Ice Cream
159 Main Street
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The New York Times has proclaimed Gus's ice cream to to be the best in the world. Sometimes you will find Corby Kummer, renowned food critic, using the place as his office. Lore has it that famous MIT researchers that worked there during undergrad still come there to "clear their head" by making a batch of ice cream at 3 am.
Neapolitan pizza with aged dough for flavor. Their pizza is amazing by any standard.
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Area Four
500 Technology Square
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Neapolitan pizza with aged dough for flavor. Their pizza is amazing by any standard.
Solid sushi when I am lazy. It's near the house.
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Sei Bar Medford
182 Main St
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Solid sushi when I am lazy. It's near the house.
I would put their Omakase up against O Ya and it's about 1/3 of the price. Go early or make reservations.
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Cafe Sushi
1105 Massachusetts Avenue
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I would put their Omakase up against O Ya and it's about 1/3 of the price. Go early or make reservations.
Sit at the bar and tell Sean to "Go Nuts." Make sure he is working by calling first. We generally tell him to "bring it" until we say stop. Tell him to experiment. He has a special kit of ingredients he will use when encouraged. I can't stress this experience enough- call and ask for Sean. Tell him you want to "go bananas."
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Ebi sushi
290 Somerville Avenue
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Sit at the bar and tell Sean to "Go Nuts." Make sure he is working by calling first. We generally tell him to "bring it" until we say stop. Tell him to experiment. He has a special kit of ingredients he will use when encouraged. I can't stress this experience enough- call and ask for Sean. Tell him you want to "go bananas."
Solid Neapolitan pizza
Tapestry
69 Kilmarnock St
Solid Neapolitan pizza
Smoked Meat!!!!! They have a lot of beers on tap. They usually have two Delirium Tremens on tap.
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Redbones Barbecue
55 Chester Street
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Smoked Meat!!!!! They have a lot of beers on tap. They usually have two Delirium Tremens on tap.
Solid pizza and good beers on tap, but cray noisy because of bowling. I understate- never go with a hangover.
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Flatbread Company
45 Day Street
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Solid pizza and good beers on tap, but cray noisy because of bowling. I understate- never go with a hangover.
Specialty foods and one of the best cheese affineurs in the country. They have Iberico ham, Bayonne ham.... speak with them because they know their shizz.
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Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Avenue
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Specialty foods and one of the best cheese affineurs in the country. They have Iberico ham, Bayonne ham.... speak with them because they know their shizz.
This place is trouble. Cookies and Ice Cream! They make huge ice cream sandwiches with an array of fresh baked cookies and ice cream. I always get a deconstructed one and it lasts 3 days. They are a block and a half from the house and I wish they were further away for my waist size.
Frozen Hoagies
864 Broadway
This place is trouble. Cookies and Ice Cream! They make huge ice cream sandwiches with an array of fresh baked cookies and ice cream. I always get a deconstructed one and it lasts 3 days. They are a block and a half from the house and I wish they were further away for my waist size.
Relatively new Izakaya in Davis. The grilled squid is great.
Sugidama Soba & Izakaya
260 Elm St
Relatively new Izakaya in Davis. The grilled squid is great.
I am there almost every Thursday as a ritual with some friends. It is super common to see Ming Tsai expediting food. Ming of Simply Ming on PBS and James Beard Award winner is a super nice guy and will happily chat if you recognize him. .
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Blue Dragon
324 A Street
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I am there almost every Thursday as a ritual with some friends. It is super common to see Ming Tsai expediting food. Ming of Simply Ming on PBS and James Beard Award winner is a super nice guy and will happily chat if you recognize him. .
It's a solid place an we go there a lot, but not my first pick in Davis.
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Foundry on Elm
255 Elm Street
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It's a solid place an we go there a lot, but not my first pick in Davis.
Great coffee and baked goods with a real Davis scene. It is a nice contrast to the Sbux across the street.
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Diesel Cafe
257 Elm Street
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Great coffee and baked goods with a real Davis scene. It is a nice contrast to the Sbux across the street.
I like the "new" Rosebud and don't go there enough. They have great drinks and food in a dark & cozy setting.
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Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
381 Summer Street
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I like the "new" Rosebud and don't go there enough. They have great drinks and food in a dark & cozy setting.

Drinks & Nightlife

My friend that works for Ming Tsai drives from West Medford for their wings. She says it is important to ask them to throw them on the grill. There are plenty of sports on multiple screens.
The Pub
682 Broadway
My friend that works for Ming Tsai drives from West Medford for their wings. She says it is important to ask them to throw them on the grill. There are plenty of sports on multiple screens.
Great Burgers, good trivia on Tuesday Nights.
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Olde Magoun's Saloon
518 Medford Street
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Great Burgers, good trivia on Tuesday Nights.
It is my favorite music venue. They get national acts on the verge of breaking out. Last year I saw Tokimonsta with Anderson Paak there. Golden Panda has played there. Nail a Tasty Burger after and you may find yourself hanging with the band.
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The Sinclair
52 Church Street
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It is my favorite music venue. They get national acts on the verge of breaking out. Last year I saw Tokimonsta with Anderson Paak there. Golden Panda has played there. Nail a Tasty Burger after and you may find yourself hanging with the band.
Because A Year with Dr. Nandu- it's a killer IPA.
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Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler Street
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Because A Year with Dr. Nandu- it's a killer IPA.
Just a great MIT Bar with simple fare.
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Miracle of Science
321 Massachusetts Avenue
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Just a great MIT Bar with simple fare.
It was in Next Stop Wonderland. It is a real Irish bar with proper live Irish music, including some major acts from Ireland in the back room. There is proper Guinness and Smithwicks on tap. Louis CK dropped in there last week and did a surprise set in the back room. The musicians groups that play in the bar in the front room are mesmerizing. The Burren is an honest experience.
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The Burren
247 Elm St
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It was in Next Stop Wonderland. It is a real Irish bar with proper live Irish music, including some major acts from Ireland in the back room. There is proper Guinness and Smithwicks on tap. Louis CK dropped in there last week and did a surprise set in the back room. The musicians groups that play in the bar in the front room are mesmerizing. The Burren is an honest experience.

Shopping

It is the go-to liquor store in the area. They have won Best of Boston 3 times. They have specialty foods, wine tasting on Friday evenings, and great beers. Oh, we designed their expansion and the sister store in Needham. Ask Nate or Dan for a wine recommendation. They are right near the house.
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Ball Square Fine Wines
716 Broadway
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It is the go-to liquor store in the area. They have won Best of Boston 3 times. They have specialty foods, wine tasting on Friday evenings, and great beers. Oh, we designed their expansion and the sister store in Needham. Ask Nate or Dan for a wine recommendation. They are right near the house.
It's not grass fed, but a great butcher shop. Don't look for organic, but if you ask they will cut you anything. You will be amazed by the low prices.
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McKinnon's Meat Market
239 Elm Street
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It's not grass fed, but a great butcher shop. Don't look for organic, but if you ask they will cut you anything. You will be amazed by the low prices.
The new market in Davis. I go there for last minute stuff.
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bfresh
240 Elm St
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The new market in Davis. I go there for last minute stuff.
Because it is the Somerville Market Basket! I can't even describe it. Great food, great company, great prices. It's not a coop or organic food store, they feed the masses and I love them.
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Market Basket
400 Somerville Ave
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Because it is the Somerville Market Basket! I can't even describe it. Great food, great company, great prices. It's not a coop or organic food store, they feed the masses and I love them.
Because Julia Child shopped there. They have whatever you need to shop French. You can get a lot of D'Artagnan protein (chefs know).
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Savenor's Market
92 Kirkland Street
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Because Julia Child shopped there. They have whatever you need to shop French. You can get a lot of D'Artagnan protein (chefs know).

Parks & Nature

It is an Olmstead Park and a block from the house.
Powderhouse Park
It is an Olmstead Park and a block from the house.

Entertainment & Activities

It is the anchor of Davis. It's a great theater with beer on tap that you can take into the movies. You can get a 16 oz. draw of Tank 7 for 5 bucks and bring it in the movie theater. Check the schedule because they host national live music acts and film festivals.
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Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
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It is the anchor of Davis. It's a great theater with beer on tap that you can take into the movies. You can get a 16 oz. draw of Tank 7 for 5 bucks and bring it in the movie theater. Check the schedule because they host national live music acts and film festivals.
This is where Sandra taught for years and still practices there 4-5 times a week. She'll happily take you to a class and sometimes has guest passes. We have a space Manduka Black Mat around to borrow.
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O2 Yoga - Somerville
288 Highland Avenue
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This is where Sandra taught for years and still practices there 4-5 times a week. She'll happily take you to a class and sometimes has guest passes. We have a space Manduka Black Mat around to borrow.

Arts & Culture

The Rape of Europa is there, not the Rubens copy in the Prado. It's nuts that you can look at the original in Boston. Aside from that it is an amazing museum.
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
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The Rape of Europa is there, not the Rubens copy in the Prado. It's nuts that you can look at the original in Boston. Aside from that it is an amazing museum.
Impressionism. I do not like how the new addition is organized.
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
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Impressionism. I do not like how the new addition is organized.