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Somerville seizes a sausage smackdown

2 Apr

What happens when you pitch two area chefs in a food fight to create the best sausage bar dish? Only good things.

This one involved Highland Kitchen‘s Rob Morotto’s slider against East Coast Grill‘s Jason Heard’s banh mi.

I had mixed feelings going in since I love both restaurants but guess who won (the headline’s a dead giveaway, I know)? Read my delicious story in the Journal to find out – and have some sausage handy. It will make you crave some:

When two chefs are asked to come up with the perfect stadium snack using sausage, it can smoke up a storm. The steamy competition pitched aioli against mustard, sausage bites against sausage patties, and onion against jicama until the smooth slider won over the delicate banh mi at the Parlor Sports Tuesday Night Fight by popular vote…

This was hosted at the newly opened Parlor Sports, a cozy sports bar by the owners of Trina’s Starlite, adjoining the larger bar/restaurant in Inman Square. It’s a great place for local sports fans to watch games on eight flat screen TV’s.

Parlor Sports
1 Beacon St.
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-0231
M-F: 6 pm – 12 am
Sat-Sun: 12 pm – 12 am

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Saloon takes you back to the good old days

15 Mar

It’s hidden so you might miss it. But when you find the light globe announcing Saloon in small red letters a couple doors down from its sister bar/restaurant Foundry on Elm, go down the flight of stairs and prepare to be amazed.

It’s a bar unlike any other in the area, spacious, stylish and boasting brown drinks and suave cocktails from bygone days. Bring an appetite and dress nice because once you’re there, you’ll wish you had.

With unique cocktails and braised pork bellies, Saloon wined and dined patrons at its official grand opening last Wednesday in Davis Square.

First timers admitted it was a little hard to find; regulars called it a hidden gem that they hope remains hidden before it becomes just another overcrowded Somerville haunt.

“I definitely like it,” said Jacqueline Houton of Cambridge. “It’s like an old man’s library—in a good way.”

Read my review in the Journal and check out my photo gallery for more.
Saloon
255 Elm St.
Somerville, MA 02144.
617-628-444
Mon-Sun: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Porch reopens for summer with nifty BBQ at Bambara

10 Jun

From mouthwatering lamb chops to smokin’ pork sliders, Chef Jay Silva tossed up tasty BBQ bites May 25 as Bambara opened up its porch for the summer in Cambridge.

Folks lined up and could not get enough of the lamb chops, grilled shrimp, arancini and sliders – pulled pork, mushroom and beef.

Kick off summer in style with Bambara’s second installment of their “Passing The Bar” cocktail event (learn mixologist tricks and enjoy great cocktails from guest mixologist Josh Childs of Trina’s Starlite Lounge, while noshing on fresh hors d’ouvres) or the upcoming Father’s Day Brunch!

 

Bambara
25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
617-868-4444
Hours: Mon-Thu 6:30 am-10 pm;
Fri 6:30 am-11 pm; Sat 8 am-11 pm;
Sun 8 am-10 pm.

Fun with Four Burgers

30 Jul

That’s my half-eaten grass-fed beef burger and giant plate of half and half fries (sweet and regular potatoes) with smoked Gouda cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, jalapenos and tomatoes at Four Burgers in Central Square ($10.43).

Love the concept, toppings and prices but as burgers go it was strictly OK.

But I’ll probably just keep going back for the delicious and plentiful fries with dipping options like guacamole and chipotle aoili – and you can make your picks online for takeout.

Four Burgers
704 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-441-5444