Somerville: 2 questions
Two quick questions of great importance in the Ville:
1. New bar in Union Square. I saw a post a while back and can't seem to find it through searches? Anyone have the scoop on this place that is supposed to be bringing craft beer to "the" upcoming place in the US?
2. Just got a (yes, I will admit it) take out menu from Cafe City Slickers in the door. I think I have driven by the tacky storefront (I think) but the menu looks A-M-B-I-T-I-O-U-S. Any experiences on the board?
P.S. I was in old magoon's square today and the brazilian bakery (morelo?--on a corner, one of the cleanest bakeries I have ever seen) looked so yummy. My pedicure companions and I had the little weiners (they enjoyed them in brazilian sweet bread). I had a meringue which was ok -- a surprising lemon flavor. But, 4 mini weiners and my cookie all equaled $1.31. Now that is a fun, fun tasty treat!
Regarding City Slicker: a little ambitious, but sensibly so. As their menu suggests, dishes tend to be conceptually rooted in standard sub shop fare, made with significantly better-than-average ingredients, while staying light on kitsch or gimmickry. It has quickly become one of my favorite take-out places, in no small part because it's quite similar in style to what I might cook at home on any given weeknight.
I love, for example, that I can get a spinach salad with freshly grilled chicken, roasted eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. Or a baked rigatoni with fresh mozzarella, roasted eggplant, shallots, garlic, and pine nuts. Nothing edgy or challenging, just a more polished take on a familiar concept.
Their pan pizza, while not my personal favorite around town, is a rich, buttery treat.
City Slicker Cafe
588 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143