Somerville’s Feeding Frenzy

By Christine Liu | Boston Magazine |


taco with peppers

Photo Anthony Tieuli

A Timeline of the Somerville Restaurant Boom:

Highland Kitchen ups the city’s hip factor with quality yet casual fare — spicy goat stew, cult-fave fried chicken — and craft cocktails.

Trina’s Starlite Lounge opens and immediately establishes itself as a restaurant-industry hot spot. Posto begins offering authentic Neopolitan-style pizzas and house pastas.

Journeyman debuts its avant-garde locavore cuisine. Foundry on Elm becomes a favorite local watering hole, and Bergamot’s thoughtful bistro fare is met with raves.

Globally inspired pub Five Horses Tavern (its short-rib-and-pepper taco is pictured below) opens, followed by the old-school tavern Saloon, the quirky Three Little Figs bakery, and the Latin tapas restaurant Casa B. The area’s craft-cocktail scene is also solidified thanks to Backbar, from the team behind Journeyman.

Posto’s Joe Cassinelli goes Mexican with the Painted Burro. Jason Owens, of South Boston gourmet-food shop American Provisions, opens inspired southern restaurant M3.

What’s Next?
Forthcoming concepts include barbecue joints the Bearded Pig and East End Grill; high-end butchery M. F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats; the German- and Austrian-focused Bronwyn; Peruvian restaurant La Brasa; ’80s-themed cocktail bar Daddy Jones; and Washington, DC, import Amsterdam Falafelshop. — Leah Mennies

  • Scott B

    Great article and as a resident its great to see so many new restaurants popping up but lets get real, the amount of ‘southern’ places all serving up the same thing is going to crash in due time.

    With RedBones, Highland Kitchen, The Foundary and newly opened M3 all in the same boat, why cant anyone do something different. Greek, Indian…whatever