This is the place to go if you're in need of a meat overload: Redbones is for barbecue, especially ribs, and if that?s not your style, they?ll do brisket or chicken, and all of it with traditional Southern side dishes, like yams, fried okra, and mac 'n' cheese. The place is humming most nights ? it?s great with a group, and the service is very rapid even if the numbers are large ? and with good reason: the food is succulent and very carefully seasoned, and they have a decent beer selection (it?s not large, but the quality is high, even if they could do with adding a darker microbrewed beer on tap). Unlike some other places of this style, the portions, though certainly not small, are also kept on the right side of the reasonable/ridiculous line. Beware the corn bread, however: you might be hungry when you sit down, but too much of this and you?ll have no room for the main event!
Favorite Dish: The fried catfish and pulled chicked sandwiches were great: full of tang and cooked so they stayed very moist.
This is a prime Davis Square hangout, popular with students but also the recently-graduated-wannabe-students who pop in on the weekends, perhaps with laptop in hand.
Down the back, there are pool tables and booths, but despite all the emphasis on cool people-watching, Diesel doesn't forget that it's really about the coffee and the cakes, and they serve up very good versions of both.
Favorite Dish: We haven't eaten a full meal here - we've heard it's good - but the cranberry orange scones are truly to die for. They have pretty decent bagels, too.
We miss the days when this local shop used to be Denise's Homemade Ice Cream, but the recent buyout by JP Licks hasn't been all bad.
The place is still both an ice-cream shop and a popular hangout - for the students who can't get into the bars nearby, and for all manner of eclectic skater/alternative types, as the very diverse noticeboard makes clear.
But we go for the ice-cream, and it's wonderful: a wide variety of flavours, both fruity and calorie-heavy, served in huge portions (bear this in mind when you've eaten a big meal beforehand!).
Favorite Dish: We've only tried a small selection of the flavours, and we have no complaints to date: they all sound great! They also do frappes and frozen yogurt.
This is a true slice of the old diner world, with its metal exterior and its long interior bar. Even the name sounds perfect for a place like this.
The service can be a bit oddball, however, and we've witnessed strife between the wait staff, but against that if you come in the evening, you can sit down and have a microbrew here and order up some comfort food. It's surprisingly quiet later in the evening, perfect for a beer and a chat, but it's jammed on weekend mornings.
Favorite Dish: We've only eaten breakfast here, and the omelets were all you'd expect: tasty, large portions and loads of home fries on the side.
This is one of those diners where the waitresses still use words like "hon" and phrases like "what can I get for you, sugar." I love that... I remember the first time I went there, a waitress stepped outside to smoke a butt when I was walking up to the place...she took one look at me and said, "here comes trouble..."
Anyway, the place has a nice balance of old and new locals throughout the day and night and that can make it all the more interesting.
Another great thing about Rosebuds, which you typically don't find in most diners is beer!!! That's right kids, you can order up your favorite brew in this little diner to along with your eggs sunny side up...only in Somverville...
Favorite Dish: Anything goes really, if you are brave enough to eat in a diner, the sky is the limit...
Rudy's Cafe...Southwest style cafe serving TexMex dishes.
Rudy's always has a really cute girl working the Tequila bar which compliments their fine selection of Tequilas well... A fine selection indeed, perhaps the largest selection of Tequilas in the Boston area, including my favorite Herradura Anejo (thanks to my buddy Jack in Dallas)...
Favorite Dish: Combination Plate Four that served with a chicken chimichanga, an enchilada verde, and a beef taco with the diablo rice. This, I wash down with Tecate...
Anna Taqueria is a sort of fast food Mexican joint. Fast in the sense that you order your burrito, taco, carnita or whatever and watch them make it (or even tell them what extras you want added to the concoction).
Anyway, I really fell in love with this place while living in Boston. Their hot sauce is the best and their salsa is loaded with cilantro, which I love... So, if you are looking for a quick bite to eat, head to Anna's Taqueria.
Favorite Dish: The Super Steak Burrito or Steak Carnitas...
If you find yourself up bloody early in the morning and wondering around the streets of Somerville AND you are hungry AND in need of coffee, head to Carberry's near Davis Square.
This is nice, spacious bakery and coffee shop. There is plenty of room to spread out and read the paper. It's very fashionable coffee shop for the unemployed (a little more upscale clientele than the unemployed at the local DD)....I hit this place several mornings when I was unemployed in Boston, I would sit and watch all the poor schmucks who had to go to work come in for coffee...
Favorite Dish: Coffee...black...and a Danish...
This is barbecue heaven and perhaps the best BBQ North of the Mason-Dixon line, with one exception being Q&Ls in Muncie, IN.
So, if you are a carnivore, love it a little spicy and I think you do, then head to Redbones in Davis Square... But be forwarned, this place is for serious feasting...the combo specials are piled high with about five to seven inches of bbq meats, so, bring your favorite bib and consider wearing loose clothing.
Favorite Dish: Redbones has these get combo specials. I usually get the one that comes with Arkansas ribs, Texas sliced brisket and the homemade sauage. Start off with some fried Okra and wash the whole thing down with a Shipyard IPA. By the way, if you are feeling nostalgic about the Midwest, they even have PBR on tap...
Redbones always has great beer on tap and also makes a mean margarita. There is always a wait for a table, but the bar downstairs always has room for more. The original art on the wall changes periodically and is fun to look at. Watch out for the trick bathrooms downstairs - check ALL of the doors - even the ones that look padlocked!
Finally, Redbones is a bikers haven. They offer free bike valet service from 6 pm to midnight.
Favorite Dish: Rebones is all about the BBQ. They have a variety of ribs on the menu. The pulled pork is also very good and they make their own sausage, which is always delicious. The collard greens and potato salad are wicked yummy!
Dali - Spanish Tapas Restaurant.. Yummm !
Great Atmosphere and Sangria. In the past I've seen them hire a little Mariachi band to go from table to table, but I don't know if that is a regular thing..
Favorite Dish: Garlic Shrimp, Meaty Portabello Mushrooms, Goat Cheese. You can't go wrong. All of the food is wonderful.