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Jul 24, 2006 12:50 PM

Something Savory, in Arlington, a great Caribbean spot

We decided to try Something Savory, on Mass Ave. in Arlington, after reading a piece on the place in the Globe. We've now had dinner there three times in the last couple of weeks and regard the place as a real Chowhound-worthy find.

For apps, we've enjoyed crab cakes(all crab, no filler), cod and conch fritters, and a couple of interesting takes on soups, all nicely spiced.

I liked the curried chicken rotie so much the first time that I ordered it again on our next visit. Just last Thursday, I had an outragreously good goat curry thatwas better than I had ever had in the islands. On our first visit, my wife ordered a dish that was a Caribbean take on polenta, served with a great sauce and and topped with mushrooms. I'm glad that I had to help her finish it. On our last visit, she loved the scallops.

The place is run by a very nice couple, Johnny Levins and his wife, Jody. While Levins does the cookingshe runs the front with a great deal of style and charm.In shoort, Something Savory is truly something wonderful.

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  1. Oh my god, is that the same Johnny Levins that used to be at the Green Street Grille in Central Square? Elzoe, your post sent me googling, and indeed he lives, he cooks, and just down the road from us in North Cambridge! Google turned up a couple of Boston Globe reviews featuring Levins and Jodi Auerbach that reminded me of his distinctive style of spicy and fruity accents, very eclectic and imaginative. Hey, it's gonna be in the 90s and muggy today, I ain't cookin' tonight!

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    1. re: Avid Rita

      In my experience the food is excellent but he's toned down the spicy element considerably. Please report back.

    2. We live nearby and LOVE having this new addition -- Jody couldn't be warmer and friendlier for the service, and the food(soups, Caesar, shrimp, scallops, fish, Cuban sandwich interpretation, cookies -- basically EVERYTHING!) is consistently outstanding -- we hope it really takes off and the hours expand later in the evenings and maybe even into Sunday at some point, as we have trouble getting there as often as we'd like!

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      1. re: rlh

        So this is a full-service restaurant as well as a caterers'?

        1. re: tatamagouche

          Not full service. You order at the counter, then they bring the food over to your table. There is seating for about 18 or 20 people, I think. They do a very brisk takeout business, especially at dinner. Although it often looks like there's a big line, a lot of it is takeout rather than sit-down and they have been very efficient at both in my experience (about 6 or 8 times, both takeout and sit-down). The service at the counter and when delivering to your table is very good.

          1. re: GretchenS

            Actually, at least at dinner, it is full service. When my friend and I went to the counter to order, they told us to have a seat and tehn brought out menues. They brought bread after a bit and treated it as a full-service (albiet very casual) place.

            1. re: cheesecake

              Same here for my one experience, but they were not busy that night at 7:45 PM so perhaps that is why it was full service.

              1. re: cheesecake

                Interesting, I guess they keep evolving. Thanks for the update/correction!

        2. Went there about six weeks ago, the meal was pretty good, but not up to the standard set at Green Street. I'm going to give it another shot, hoping that I hit an off-night or ordered badly, but given my first experience, I would not go out of my way to eat there (I live 15-20 minutes away)

          1. Had a really delicious lunch here yesterday. Had the special grilled salmon w/ mango salsa,rice & beans and sauteed vegetables. A lovely tasty plate for an extremely reasonable $8.95!

            The salmon was cooked perfectly...when I hear mango salsa, part of me says "ho-hum"--but this salsa was exemplary--mango,jalapenos,red bell pepper,onion,garlic,citrus...finely diced and extremely fresh tasting;over that steaming grilled salmon--heavenly--it took me back to Green St Grill(except it didn't kick my head off with incendiary heat--too bad!)

            Great friendly service!--I'll be back for sure!

            1. Are they still serving with plastic plates and utensils? We liked the food there the few times we ate there, but it's been a while. The scallops were really good, I remember that. But it was a little difficult to eat mussels out of a plastic bowl with a disposable fork (although the mussels were great).