A satellite city lying two miles outside of Boston, Somerville has quickly become, in culinary terms, the cool younger brother of the Massachusetts capital. It is packed with well designed and delicious culinary options, inspired by the best of local and international food and ideas. In Somerville you are never too far from a great cocktail or tasty dish – here are 10 of the city’s finest restaurants.
Serving some of Massachusetts’ best BBQ food, Redbones Barbeque prides itself on being a Southern BBQ joint that a Southerner would enjoy. That is not to say that there is nothing for a New Englander or Somerville native here, with the pulled-pork in particular never disappointing. The restaurant specialises in a casual atmosphere, big portions, and craft beer, of which there are over twenty different varieties, which pair perfectly with the hearty food. The large portion sizes have made this a popular destination for the local college football teams ever since Redbones opened in 1987. Do not miss out on the appetisers, a selection of traditional dishes like cornbread and fried okra cooked to absolute perfection.
Although the service is infamously sedate, everything at Journeyman is worth the wait. Housed inside a converted pasta-sauce factory, the design is industrial and the food is incredibly inventive. The taster menu is adapted both to the season’s best fresh produce and to the particular customer’s needs, with inspired molecular touches and delicious food served by the knowledgeable staff. Previous visits have seen anything from razorback clams to what can only be described as deconstructed root beer, amongst many other fascinating farm-to-table dishes.
Journeyman, 9 Sanborn Court, Somerville, MA, USA, +1 617 718 2333