Grub Street Lists Reasons to Love 'Lip-Smackin' Somerville'

How does Somerville rank as a Boston restaurant destination?

With news that Ana Sortun, owner of Oleana and Sofra Bakery and Cafe, is opening a new restaurant in Somerville—in the space formerly occupied by The Paddock—Grub Street Boston decided to compile a list of "10 Reasons to Love Lip-Smackin' Somerville." (Check it out.)

I think there are way more than 10 reasons to love lip smacking' Somerville, and you probably agree.

Other reasons not mentioned by Grub Street include, but are by no means limited, to:

  • Istanbul'lu: which can now serve wine and beer with its Turkish dishes
  • Spoke: a neighborhood antipasto bar under construction in Davis Square run by the folks behind Dave's Fresh Pasta
  • Painted Burro Bar: Painted Burro, which brought upscale Mexican to Davis Square, is now working on expanding into a bar that will serve food along with craft cocktails, and it will have Mexican bingo

And that's just a taste. The food scene in Somerville continues to grow.

But I'm curious what you all think: How does Somerville rank among other food destinations in Boston, like the South End and North End. Or does it compare at all?

Does Somerville have its own distinct vibe as a food destination, or is it just spillover from Cambridge?


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