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A Guide to Medford Square

Tufts sits comfortable at the edge of Medford, MA. And yet, Davis Square of Somerville features so much more in our consciousness, for reasons like the Joey route, the T station and Freshman orientation events that lure wide-eyed freshmen to Mr. Crepe, Orange Leaf, and more. If you’ve never been to nearby Medford Square, this guide will help you resolve to explore it.

Getting there is easy: hop on the 94 or 96 bus from Davis Square, College Ave, or Boston Ave, or simply trek the 0.8-miles from Gantcher, down College Ave, before continuing on Main Street. Walking may seem intimidating—if not for of the icy sidewalk, then because of a particular pedestrian crossing where the Mystic Valley Parkway churns out a steady stream of fast-moving cars. But, try not to let these small obstacles faze you; it is entirely worth it! Because on the other side of Mystic River, lies a plethora of restaurants catering to many tastes.

Here they are, grouped by genre:

Dessert: Colleen’s Sandwich and Ice Cream ShopDonuts with a Difference

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Source: Colleensmedford.com

Cafés: Lighthouse CafeBestsellers Cafe, Mystic Coffee Roaster

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Source: Bostonglobe.com

Thai: Tom Yum Koong

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Soure: Tomyumkoong.net

Chinese: Chili Garden

Japanese: Blue FujiSei BarEbisuya Japanese Market

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Source: Yelp.com

Traditional American: Carroll’sMedford Square Diner

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Source: Carrollsmedford.com

Mexican: Tenoch Mexican

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Source: Boston.cityvoter.com

Korean: Chung Ki Wa

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Source: Yelp.com

Italian: Salvatore’s Restaurant

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Source: Zagat.com

Seafood & Subs: Alamo’s Roast Beef and Seafood

For the two establishments I’ve personally been to, Carroll’s is fancy without any compromise on taste or affordability, while Chung Ki Wa provides sheer authentic deliciousness for any group, large or small. And while I haven’t tried Sei Bar, I’ve heard only pleasant things about it. Ebisuya is also one of Boston’s only and certainly the most comprehensive all-Japanese grocery store–and Tasty Tufts editor, Gabriel Spieler, says their sushi is among the cheapest and best in the city.

Wait no longer, explore our community!

– Min Yi Tan

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