Hey, remember when Somerville used to be Slumberville? Spending a day in Davis Square now makes those days seem long gone. There’s great shopping (who doesn’t love Poor Little Rich Girl?), the Somerville Theatre is always a delight, and, most importantly, the neighborhood is filled to the brim with good, well-priced food. Below, a guide (complete with accompanying map) to some of the square’s best dining destinations.
•Even in a neighborhood filled to the brim with burrito options, Anna’s Taqueria (236 Elm St) stands out as the tastiest and the cheapest bet. Don’t miss the horchata, which is truly delicious.
•Even unapologetic carnivores like us can’t get enough of the Alternator sandwich from Diesel Cafe: garlic and herb tofu, hummus, cucumber, red onion, sprouts and tomato on multigrain bread. The espresso drinks are even better.
•We’d be hard-pressed to name better barbecue in Somerville than Redbones BBQ and can only think of one place we prefer in all of Boston (a tiny hole in the wall in Rozzy, in case you’re curious). The pulled pork is great, of course, but we’re a sucker for the grilled sausage sandwich with plenty of mustard.
•We know that some people don’t like the Rosebud Diner (381 Summer St), but for the life of us, we don’t know why. The diner makes a great greasy breakfast and a more than respectable burger, but it’s the classic diner atmosphere that keeps us coming back over and over again.
•Gargoyles on the Square manages a rare trick: the food is interesting and innovative (bee pollen-crusted sea scallops with boar bacon, anyone?) without being pretentious. The restaurant’s Tokyo Tuesdays featuring bento boxes and sake are some of the city’s best dining deals.
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