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Old Yesterday, 03:38 PM
 
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It's also about quality -- just list a list of restaurants.
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i was gonna' not care but:
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The bar and restaurant scene are pretty great in Somerville now. So I will list my top 5 personal favorites currently:

Restaurants (I could easily name 20):

1. Sarma: sarmarestaurant | Welcome
2. Kirkalnd Tap and Trotter: The Kirkland Tap and Trotter
3. La Brasa: La Brasa Somerville
4. Casa B: CasaB tapas
5. J&J: jandjrestaurant

Bars:

1. Back Bar: backbar | by journeyman
2. River Bar: River Bar
3. Trina's: Trina's Starlite Lounge - About
4. Silgo's: Sligo Pub - Pubs - Davis Square - Somerville, MA - Reviews - Photos - Yelp
5. The Independent: The Independent - Union Square, Somerville, MA

Coffee Shops:

1. Bloc 11: Bloc 11 | Union Square | Somerville
2. Forge: Forge Baking Company
3. Diesel: Diesel Cafe | Davis Square
4. La Brasa Market: La Brasa Somerville
5. 3 Little Figs: 3 Little Figs | Delicious baking, and carefully crafted coffee in Somerville, MA
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when i lived in the area years ago these were my favorite places to food in somerville:
highland créole cuisine: fried plantain and griot
mama lisas: plain slice
victors deli (ball square): chicken cutlet sub + slice of sicillian
sound bites (ball square): moroccan eggs (brunch)
lyndells bakery (ball square): half-and-half
la ronga bakery: poruguese rolls
too many places to name in davis square
other haitian: sunrise cuisine, pikliz, flames, prestige, ...
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Since the Asian food threat seemed to be a hit on the Boston board, I figured why not put together a list by World Cup country of places to eat in Boston? There are a couple missing, so please feel free to chime in.

Another bonus is many of these restaurants will be fun places to not only eat but watch the World Cup matches during the tournament.

Group A:

Russia: Cafe St Petersburg (Newton) Russian Restaurant in Boston Cafe St. Petersburg. Russian Food. Russian Cuisine. Russian Dishes. Lunch. Dinner. Catering. Banquet. Cafe St. Petersburg
Egypt: Baity (Medford) https://www.facebook.com/BaityMedford/
Uruguay: La Bodega (Watertown) https://www.facebook.com/LaBodegabySalts/
Saudi Arabia: Moona (Inman Square) https://www.moonarestaurant.com/ (Not Saudi, but has dishes with similar influence)

Group B:

Portugal: J&J Restaurant (Somerville) jandjrestaurant
Spain: Estragon (South End) https://www.estragontapas.com/
Morocco: Moroccan Hospitality (Somerville) https://www.facebook.com/moroccanhospitality/
Iran: Roksanas (Watertown) Roksana's Persian Food - Home

Group C:

France: Ma Maison (Beacon Hill) Ma Maison Homepage - Ma Maison
Australia: KO Pies (East Boston) Welcome to KO Catering & Pies | KO Catering & Pies
Peru: Rincon Limeno (East Boston) Rincon Limeno Restaurant
Denmark: Danish Pastry House (Medford) https://www.danishpastryhouse.com/

Group D:

Argentina: Tango (Arlington) Tango
Iceland: ??
Croatia: Sabur (Somerville) Sabur Restaurant
Nigerian: Suya Joint (Roxbury) https://suyajoint.com/

Group E:

Brazil: Oliveira's (Somerville) oliveirassomerville
Switzerland: Swissbakers (Allston) https://www.swissbakers.com/
Costa Rica: Tico (Back Bay) Tico Restaurant Boston | American Food w/ a Latin American Influence
Serbia: Sabur (Somerville) Sabur Restaurant

Group F:

Germany: Bronwyn (Somerville) BRONWYN | Union Square, Somerville | The Food and Drink of Germany & Central Europe
Mexico: Angela's Cafe (East Boston) Angela's
Sweden: Kaffestugan (Newton) https://www.facebook.com/SLCKaffestugan/
Korea: Coreanos (Allston) https://www.coreanosallston.com/

Group G:

Belgium: Saus (Haymarket) Saus Boston
Panama: ??
Tunisia: Baraka Cafe (Cambridge) Restaurant
England: Cornwalls (Kenmore) Cornwall's

Group H:

Poland: Cafe Polonia (Dorchester) https://www.cafepolonia.com/
Senegal: Ternanga (South End) Situs Judi Online Terbaik – Situs agen judi online terbaik dan terpercaya
Colombia: El Penol (East Boston) https://www.facebook.com/elpenolboston/
Japan: Cafe Sushi (Cambridge) https://www.cafesushicambridge.com/
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- Tanam (Filipino - Bow Market Somerville) https://tanam.co/
- Pikliz (Haitian-Jamaican fusion Somerville) https://www.piklizint.com/
- Darbar (Pakistani - Allston) https://www.darbarbrighton.com/
- P&R (Jamaican bakery and ice cream shop - Dudley Sq) https://www.eatpandr.com/
- Eventide (Seafood - Fenway) Eventide Fenway — Eventide Oyster Co.
- Dakzen (Thai street noodles - Davis Square Somerville) https://www.dakzen.com/
- Celeste (Peruvian - Union Square Somerville) https://celesteunionsquare.com/
- Sarma (Middle Eastern - Winter Hill Somerville) https://sarmarestaurant.com/
- Singh's Roti (Trinidadian - Upham's Corner Dorchester) Singh's Roti Shop - Dorchester | View our menu, reviews & Order food online
- Cafe Du Pays (French Canadian - Kendall Square Cambridge) Cafe du Pays | French-Canadian by way of New England
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Just a few of tons of other west indian joints in Boston.

Caribeno Rincon, Dominican, Hyde Park
https://www.rinconcaribeno.net/

Merengue, Dominican, Roxbury
Merengue Restaurant - A Dominican Dining Experience

Zaz, broadly West Indian, Hyde Park
https://www.zazrestaurant.com/

Top Mix Bar, west indian- soul lounge, Roxbury
https://www.topmixbar.com/

Savvor, upscale west indian/soul restauraunt/lounge, finance district
https://www.savvorbostonlounge.com/

Le Foyer Bakery, Haitian Bakery, Mattapan
Le Foyer Bakery


A Somerville restaurant is one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America
This Somerville restaurant is one of the best in America, according to Eater
Fried key lime cheesecake and alligator barbecue are coming to Quincy
slades bar & grille - Boston 2014 Best Neighborhood Bar
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Old Yesterday, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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i was gonna' not care but:...
But Boston shockingly doesn't have good BBQ, so still SUX.
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Old Yesterday, 04:06 PM
 
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But Boston shockingly doesn't have good BBQ, so still SUX.
If this is directed at me, show me where I posted that Boston SUX's.

If directed at the OP, he didn't mention BBQ.

the OP:

7. The food scene. Boston has a small population amongst large US metros... and this accounts for the food scene. Its not horrible, but its segmented and one can only eat so many donuts and pizzas before longing for a larger variety of cuisine. Its ridiculous that you have more dunkin donuts than fast food places. I am embarrassed for Boston. We do have a lot of LBGTQ-hating-chicken restaurants out here, but we don't put them every nook and cranny of a train station, supermarket or kiosk. You guys really need to let up a bit on the DD. If you're ever in the ATL, make your way out to one of our Sarah's Donuts locations and you'll swear off of the 2nd rate pastries that dunkin makes.
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Old Yesterday, 04:19 PM
 
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I'll take the food in Boston over Atlanta 8 days a week.
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Old Yesterday, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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If this is directed at me, show me where I posted that Boston SUX's.
You mentioned BBQ. I wasn’t saying you said it “sucked” in Boston (it does, and I’ll own that sentiment without hesitation.), just making a general sarcastic comment about knocking Boston’s good scene because it’s not strong in terms of a particular non-local regional cuisines. Philadelphia has a good food scene (although not strong on the BBQ front either), but doesn’t have a lot of unique non-local regional cuisines either. Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants in the world. It doesn’t have great BBQ (at least American BBQ), or many other regional cuisines. It’s still one of the best anywhere.
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Old Yesterday, 04:35 PM
 
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Good list. I have never been to Somerville, Quincy, etc.

I have dined in Boston proper and my perspective is the areas within Boston (89.6 miles) vs. Philadelphia (141.7 miles) and my travels elsewhere. So, if someone was referencing Philadelphia's food scene, the metro area isn't included nor would it be expected that a visitor travel outside Philadelphia for diverse offerings.

However, I will take your word for it that Boston metro has a diverse food offerings and you are a competent food critic.
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Old Yesterday, 04:58 PM
 
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You mentioned BBQ. I wasn’t saying you said it “sucked” in Boston (it does, and I’ll own that sentiment without hesitation.), just making a general sarcastic comment about knocking Boston’s good scene because it’s not strong in terms of a particular non-local regional cuisines. Philadelphia has a good food scene (although not strong on the BBQ front either), but doesn’t have a lot of unique non-local regional cuisines either. Tokyo has more Michelin star restaurants in the world. It doesn’t have great BBQ (at least American BBQ), or many other regional cuisines. It’s still one of the best anywhere.
This is why I hesitate to post in a MA forum.

I posted that I did not want this to become Philadelphia vs. Boston.
I never even claimed that Philadelphia is better than Boston or any where else. I only brought up Philadephia because of what someone posted about looking for non-regional food in Phoenix. I did claim that some Philadelphia restaurants are byob making dining more affordable. I never claimed Boston's cusine sucked and I posted, for the third time now, that Boston's cusine is to my liking. We've had many fine meals in Boston. How is that knocking Boston's good restaurant scene?

I made an observation relative to the OP's post about the food scene -- that it lacked variety compared to other smallish cities he has lived in. I only brought up BBQ because that might be what is lacking in variety for the OP. Someone challenged me about BBQ being available in Boston. I never suggested BBQ makes a city a five star city. And, yes I know BBQ is not very good in Philadelphia as I lived in Kansas City, MO so I know good BBQ.

I suggested that someone actually compare the food scene in Boston vs. Atlanta and challenge the OP on that basis. But no one has done that.

I noticed the OP hasn't been back. I wonder why.
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Good list. I have never been to Somerville, Quincy, etc.

I have dined in Boston proper and my perspective is the areas within Boston (89.6 miles) vs. Philadelphia (141.7 miles) and my travels elsewhere.
Well that explains a lot of the confusion your perception created on here. Areas like Somerville, Cambridge, etc. and beyond are closely tied to the food, music, art, etc. scenes. In some cases they were actually part of Boston years ago. Since Boston proper has a small footprint in comparison to Philly as you pointed out it makes more sense to include them. Getting tangled up in definitions and boundaries doesn't make any sense if you want to compare a smaller city to one that is much bigger. Put a Houston or Atlanta or Philly footprint on Boston and a lot of your statements change.
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Old Yesterday, 05:34 PM
 
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Well that explains a lot of the confusion your perception created on here. Areas like Somerville, Cambridge, etc. and beyond are closely tied to the food, music, art, etc. scenes. In some cases they were actually part of Boston years ago. Since Boston proper has a small footprint in comparison to Philly as you pointed out it makes more sense to include them. Getting tangled up in definitions and boundaries doesn't make any sense if you want to compare a smaller city to one that is much bigger. Put a Houston or Atlanta or Philly footprint on Boston and a lot of your statements change.
I just want to point out the OP was the one who referenced Boston proper so I wasn't getting tangled up in definitions and boundaries. I don't think there should be an assumption that out-of-towners would know to include somerville, quincy, etc. But agree not fair to compare a much larger city to a smaller one.

OP:

"I ended up being underwhelmed by Boston. I had never visited before I started work there, but friends who had been had told me tales of a lovely city that was totally awesome in the summer with a great river and that I should definitely go visit."
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Old Yesterday, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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This is why I hesitate to post in a MA forum.

I posted that I did not want this to become Philadelphia vs. Boston.
I never even claimed that Philadelphia is better than Boston or any where else. I only brought up Philadephia because of what someone posted about looking for non-regional food in Phoenix. I did claim that some Philadelphia restaurants are byob making dining more affordable. I never claimed Boston's cusine sucked and I posted, for the third time now, that Boston's cusine is to my liking. We've had many fine meals in Boston. How is that knocking Boston's good restaurant scene?

I made an observation relative to the OP's post about the food scene -- that it lacked variety compared to other smallish cities he has lived in. I only brought up BBQ because that might be what is lacking in variety for the OP. Someone challenged me about BBQ being available in Boston. I never suggested BBQ makes a city a five star city. And, yes I know BBQ is not very good in Philadelphia as I lived in Kansas City, MO so I know good BBQ.

I suggested that someone actually compare the food scene in Boston vs. Atlanta and challenge the OP on that basis. But no one has done that.

I noticed the OP hasn't been back. I wonder why
  1. How has this become Boston vs Philadelphia?
  2. Who said you claimed it was better?
  3. Who said you were knocking Boston’s cuisine?

I didn’t come close to comparing Boston v. Philly. I mentioned Philly as having a good food scene because you mentioned it and it’s familiar. I also mentioned it (and Tokyo) as examples of places that have good (great) food scenes in spite of not having even close to good representation from every region in the word. I only mentioned the BBQ because it’s a ridiculous example for a Boston food scene convo. If you come to Boston expecting good BBQ and are let down when it doesn’t, that’s on you. Just like if you go to Philly or Tokyo and expect good BBQ. If the OP, as you said, felt that that the problem with food in Boston is that BBQ lacking, that’s a statement about the OP, not Boston’s food scene. Same as if I expected great seafood in Denver, top notch Mexican in Minneapolis, or 3 Michelin Star French in Tuscaloosa, AL.
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