A little farther from home, Union Square has taken us a while to get to know. Home to a very diverse population, this is a great area for ethnic food with options ranging from Indian to Peruvian, Korean to Mexican, and Thai to Chinese.
As if that wasn't enough, you can also shops for Asian groceries, plants, and furniture.
Definitely worth some exploration.
Like many places in the greater Boston area, Powder House Circle claims to be the place where the American Revolution all began. The Powder House was targeted by the British in the hopes of preventing war by destroying the American's ammunition supply. Clearly they weren't successful.
Now the Powder House area has been turned into a quiet park with occasional outdoor movie screenings.
This "Square" is really a triangle, but Teele Triangle just doesn't seem to have the same ring.
Our reasons for visiting Teele are wide ranging. Our realtor is in the area along with a seasonal H&R Block, but that doesn't mean that the area is of no interest to a visitor.
Rudy's serves up Tex-Mex and great margaritas. PJ Ryans is the a cozy Irish pub which is the closest one to us with a reliable sports schedule. And then there are all the places we keep meaning to try.
With Davis Square’s revival well and truly underway, we’re wondering if Ball Square’s will be next in line. It’d be a little premature to christen this the next big thing, but with Sound Bites already reeling in the customers and the trendy True Grounds packing them in with a very different vibe (where Sound Bites encourages you to eat and leave, True Grounds aims at keeping you diverted for an hour or two), there are now two excellent reasons to make this a regular haunt.
There are a few local stores – including a Belgian chocolate place – as well as an old-style diner, too, and we’re thinking that someone, soon, is going to see the business potential.
One thing Ball Square really lacks is a decent bar – and by that, we mean one where Sam Adams isn’t the most exciting thing on tap. Although it may be that we just haven't found it yet...
Prospect Hill Park is a small park on Prospect Hill. It offers great views of Boston, and also features an old Revolutionary War era fort. You cannot go inside the fort, but you can walk on its ramparts and look out at Boston.
Davis Square epitomizes what I would call the "new" Somerville: young, vibrant, eclectic. There are a number of good restaurants here, ranging from Indian to ribs to an old-fashioned diner (Mike's, seen in the photo). The Somerville Theatre, a fine second-run movie theatre that also features live acts, is located here. There's also a great used bookstore here, featuring not only used books but antique books as well. Davis Square is a haven for students of the nearby Tufts University.
Davis Square is accessible from the T's Red Line, at the Davis Square station.
Like Cambridge, Somerville neighborhoods are divided up into Squares. Few are actually square, but all provide an enclave of shopping, eating, and nightlife with its own spin.
The next few general tips cover some of our favorite areas and will hopefully continue to expand as we explore.
One of Somerville's larger and more popular squares, Davis has it all. A wide variety of bars, all kinds of restaurants, a discount movie theater, various book stores, multiple coffee shops, and a some of our favorite ice cream. Best of all, it's right on the Red Line making it easily accessible from Boston.
Fluff is made just northeast of Boston, and annually there is a Fluff Festival in Somerville which is just adjacent to Cambridge. Why else would folks break out their birthday outfits?