YOUR RESTAURANT WEEK GUIDE: Somerville/Medford
MARCH 6-11 & 13-18
Restaurant Week Boston is around the corner, so be sure to make your reservations – fast. Don’t know where to eat? Well, there are many options all across Boston and the greater Boston area. There really is no end to variety for picking a fine dining establishment at an affordable price during this awesome event. For those that do not know, Restaurant Week is a week in Boston (excluding the weekends) when participating restaurants offer a prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner options. There is a “light” 2-course lunch for $15.11, a 3-course lunch for $20.11, and 3-course dinner for $33.11 (Note: LL is for light lunch, L is for lunch, and D is for dinner). Although these three are the options, not every restaurant will offer all of them so keep that in mind when making your decision. Now for the hardest part — where do you go?
Let’s look at the restaurants in Somerville participating in Restaurant Week, not only for convenience but also because there are some notable places to dine.
Bergamot [Contemporary American] – D
A short ride on the T brings you to Harvard Square, where Chef Keith Pooler brings you “Progressive American Cuisine.” They have an ever-evolving menu that uses local ingredients complemented with flavors from around the world. People are abuzz about Bergamot’s consistently good service and creative menu.
Visit their site for more information, including menus: www.bergamotrestaurant.com
Brunello Bistro [Italian] – D
A winner of the OpenTable.com Diners’ Choice 2o1o Award, Brunello Bistro is a modest restaurant that serves dishes bursting with an Italian and Mediterranean flavor. The décor is classy, yet casual with a large dining space that would be great for larger parties. A quick look on Yelp reveals mixed reviews: some diners rave about the ambiance and great food while others see the lack of consistency of both the service and the dishes. Prices are normally high, but Restaurant Week is a perfect time to try an expensive restaurant without the hefty price tag. Conveniently, the RW menu is posted on their website and it includes appetizers such as lobster bisque and stuffed eggplant, leading to entrees like potato gnocchi and Atlantic salmon (great reviews) and more.
See the full menu here: http://www.breadandcompanybistro.com
Foundry on Elm [Gastropub] – L, D
If you’re looking for convenience, Foundry on Elm is 10 minutes from Tufts, on Elm Street in Davis Square. Foundry on Elm offers bar food with flair along with a carefully crafted dinner menu that includes offerings such as spaetzle, shrimp etouffee, and steak frites. There is also a raw bar with oysters, tuna tartare, and crab claws. Foundry on Elm normally offers a 3 course menu for $55, so they may work off this menu for RW, since a RW menu is not posted.
For more information: http://www.foundryonelm.com/
Gargoyles On The Square [Contemporary American] – LL, L, D
Gargoyles On The Square is an upscale neighborhood restaurant that has made its way to the top after being around for quite awhile. It has won Best of Boston’s: Best of Davis Square three years in a row and Chef Jason Santos competed in Hell’s Kitchen. It is listed as one of the Top 10 Molecular Gastronomy restaurants in America due to Santos’s creative and experimental menu. Their RW menu offers various dishes including lobster ragoons and grilled chorizo and shrimp skewer as appetizers, among several others. The entrees include mussel frites, braised short ribs, and Creole rubbed salmon. You can then end your meal with chocolate stout cake, carrot cake or ginger-pineapple tart. A plus is that Gargoyles On The Square is extending the time that it offers the RW menu as well as offering the menu on Saturdays.
To see the full offerings and for more information: http://www.gargoylesrestaurant.com