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May 31, 2007 07:08 AM

Best Lobster Roll in Somerville- Mt Vernon's?

I'm coming to visit this weekend and am staying on washington street in Somerville. I would love to have a good lobster roll in a fun bar atmosphere. I did some searches and the only place in Somerville I came up with is Mt. Vernon's. Does anyone else have any recommendations within walking distance or short driving distance? Thanks

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  1. I'm not familiar enough with Somerville to recommend places but if you are willing to go into Boston (either driving or T) you can easily go to Neptune Oyster in the North End or B&G Oyster in the South End. Both can be reached on the orange line (Neptune at Haymarket stop and B&G at Back Bay stop).

    1. If you are commited to staying in Somerville for your lobster roll, you might be limited to Mt. Vernon's. I agree with Lissy ... well worth the quick cab ride to Neptune in the North End.

      The good news is you are very close to Union Square from your hotel... just walk down Wash Street, passing under the ugly highway. First culinary point of interest will be J&J, a homey portuguese joint. Continue into the Square and you'll come to Taqueria la Mexicana, the Independent and finally Machu Picchu, some of my personal faves. Search on any of those names and you'll get an idea of the food.

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      1. re: yumyum

        Wow some fun looking places! Are there fun bars in Union Square as well? Also which would be closer if we were to drive- Neptune or B&G? And about how long would it take us? Sorry about all of the questions. Thanks

        1. re: roze

          Neptune is much closer, but it's in the North End and parking is non-existent for the most part. My suggestion would be to take the orange line to Haymarket and walk from there (it's about a 3 minute walk from the train).

          1. re: heathermb

            I parked at the Blackstone lot this week and got the parking validated and it was only $3. It's the best kept secret in the North End.

            1. re: yumyum

              Where the heck is this lot?

              Holy moley.

          2. re: roze

            I believe B&G has valet in the evenings.

            1. re: roze

              Don't worry about the questions. The Independent that I mentioned is a bar/restaurant with casual dining and drinks on one side and more formal (altho really not formal) dining on the other.

              1. re: roze

                Besides the Independent, there's PA's Lounge if you want to see live music.

                1. re: Joanie

                  Be forewarned - PA's slants towards punkish music often (not that it's necessarily a bad thing...just different scene from Independent, which is Somerville-style preppy). Do you know if they have any chow?

                  There is also Sally O'Brien's in Union Square - basic pub...
                  Sherman Cafe has good sandwiches, baked goods and coffee for day time.
                  Bevy of other chow in the Union Square area.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    No food at PA's. And I'd say the bands are more indie 9 out of 10 times. i.e. I never go.

                    Sally O'Briens has mellow entertainment and people have said their burger is pretty good. And the OP may want to give Peruvian food a whirl at Macchu Picu (I never spell that right).

                2. re: roze

                  For a fun bar, definitely hit the Independent in Union Sq (just down the way from the Taqueria -- don't miss that one either). It's a combo restaurant/bar, and the bar side is great. Good food, excellent cocktails. Unfortunatley the DJs from MashAve won't be there this weekend ( but you're sure to get some good tunes and a fun vibe anyhow. ;)

              2. If you’re staying at or near the Holiday Inn, it’s a short walk to Sullivan Station, which is on the Orange Line. From there it’s an easy ride to Haymarket (and, as heathermb tells us, another short walk to Neptune). If you’re further away, but on Washington Street, you can take one of several busses to Sullivan. Also don’t forget, the Mt. Vernon is known for their twin lobsters if you’d like something besides a lobster roll. And as yumyum says, don’t worry about the questions.