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EVOO

 118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA
 

Worth a try

I wasn’t sure what to expect from EVOO, given the cute name, and “eclectic” menu. Is it schizophrenic and unfocused or creative and versatile? The chef’s approach, as explained by our waiter, is to pick the best local ingredients, and then come up with preparations to best use those ingredients, drawing on many inspirations in the process. Also, everything, including bread and desserts, is prepared in-house. My husband and I were uncharacteristically unadventurous and stuck with the more classical preparations. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list, and was able to give a good recommendation that went with everything except the fish – which was the odd dish out. It’s a bit of a strange location, on the Somerville/Cambridge line, but it has parking for those with cars. We’ll probably go here again when we want a nice meal out but don’t want to spend as much as we would at Craigie Street Bistrot.

Smoked Rabbit Confit Salad

I started with the rabbit confit salad. I was worried that starting with game, especially confit, would be too heavy as a starter, but it really set the tone for the evening. The salad of mixed greens, cherries, and pecans was dressed with the rabbit, and it was delicious, possibly my favorite of the evening.

Fishcake with spiced Mayo and slaw

Off their daily menu. My husband started with a fishcake (prepared like crabcake) with a spiced mayo, slaw, and waffle crisps. Well executed, and good flavors, but the fishcake was slightly overpowered by the mayo. And there was a lot of mayo on the plate and in the slaw.

Duck, Duck, Goose

Slices of goose breast, topped with a duck leg confit, topped by a seared duck fois gras. All the meat was accompanied by lentils, green beans and plenty of delicious jus. It was a little much meat for me, but it was all done very well. The flavors were exquisite, and I was happy to sop up the jus with their house-baked bread.

Chicken Cacciatore

Off the daily menu. The chicken in the chicken cacciatore had a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the vegetables were tasty as well, especially the mushrooms. The fried potato dumpling was crispy on the outside and creamy in the middle. The flavors were good, but not as strong or defined as in the duck and goose.

Pumpkin Cake with pumpkin-seed ice cream

Off the daily menu. The ice cream was wonderful! The pumpkin seeds gave a great nuttiness to the ice cream. The pumpkin cake tasted like autumn.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

I guess I’m not being absolutely fair, as banana bread pudding in general is not to my liking, but the custard sauce was good and there were enough chocolate chips/chunks in there to appease even a non-bread-pudding-lover like myself. My husband has a weakness for bread pudding and liked it.

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Fugakyu

 1280 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
 

Amazing, decadent sushi and Japanese cuisine. Variety of...

Amazing, decadent sushi and Japanese cuisine. Variety of atmospheres to choose from, from private rooms to the sushi bar. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Everything we tried from the huge and varied menu was impeccable. They offer both very traditional and modern dishes, and all are delicious.

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Peach Farm Restaurant

 4 Tyler St
Boston, MA
 

Excellent Chinese food. My friends and I ate the beef in...

Excellent Chinese food. My friends and I ate the beef in black pepper sauce, which is absolutely addicting. The roast duck was crispy and perfect, and the sea conch in black bean sauce was surprisingly tender and tasty. Prices are fair, and the atmosphere is casual.

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Orleans Bar & Restaurant

 65 Holland St
Somerville, MA
 

I went there on Monday night with two friends. We ate on...

I went there on Monday night with two friends. We ate on the patio. Service was slow, but the food was delicious. We ate: Signature mussels app, pork loin a la saltimbocca, and arancini app. The arancini were little balls of risotto with meat (likely ground beef) and peas, deep fried to crispy golden tastiness. The pork loin was tender and good, with generous amounts of prociutto, sage, mozzarella, and mushrooms. The mussels were the highlight, served in a lobster broth with big chunks of lobster claw meat. Recommended!

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Neighborhood Restaurant

 25 Bow St
Somerville, MA
 

We went there for Sunday brunch - at about 3 in the after...

We went there for Sunday brunch – at about 3 in the afternoon. It was the only time they didn’t have a line halfway down the block. I have to say, this is one of those restaurants where I heard it was good, but didn’t expect much. It’s actually good! At least, the food is. The service was pretty inattentive. Our waitress wasn’t rude, she just didn’t notice that we were even in her section until we flagged her down. We really couldn’t go wrong with the menu – the breakfast choices all looked great. I got a belgian waffle with fruit and my husband got french toast made with sweet bread. The hot cereal, fruit, toast, pastry/popover, linguica, ham, orange juice, and unlimited coffee were all fine as well. We enjoyed this all on a perfect summer day under their grape arbor. Overall, it was a good experience.

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Craigie Street Bistrot

 5 Craigie Cir
Cambridge, MA
 

I can't love this place more. The atmosphere is laid-bac...

I can’t love this place more. The atmosphere is laid-back, yet classy. The wait staff are attentive without being obtrusive, and knowledgeable without being elitist. i.e. The wait staff wear jeans, but know the wine list by heart, and don’t push the most expensive choices if you give them a budget range. The chef’s philosophy of seasonal, locally-grown, organic-if-possible food is admirable. And amazingly delicious. I’d eat here all the time if I could afford it.

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Magnolia's Southern Cuisine

 1193 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
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Wangs Fast Food

 509 Broadway
Somerville, MA
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Redbones Barbecue

 55 Chester St
Somerville, MA
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Buddy's Diner

 113 Washington St
Somerville, MA
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