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Jul 29, 2009 10:15 AM

davis sq suggestions

Hi. Catching a movie at the Somerville theatre. Do folks have recommendations for decent food/value?


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  1. You've got some good options. Martsa on Elm (Tibetan) is a favorite of mine - delicious and very reasonably priced. Namaskar is good for Indian (right across Elm St. from Martsa), and there's Redbone's if you're in the mood for bbq. Gargoyle's is great, but more expensive than these other options, although you might find some bargains at the bar.

    And don't forget you can get Richardson's ice cream right at the theater, or JP Lick's, right across the street.

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    1. re: Stride

      Gargoyles' $10 burger at the bar is the best food & atmosphere for the money in Davis.

      1. re: Stride

        I second Martsa on Elm! Sometimes there's a line/wait but well worth it.

      2. Oleana has some fantastic mussels, and the rest of their menu is pretty decent.

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          1. re: rknrll

            Oleana is closer to Inman Square and would be a bit of a walk from the theater.

            1. re: CreativeFoodie42

              Oleana is a 2+ mile walk from Davis Square. I wouldn't really call that convenient to the Somerville Theater.

            2. re: rknrll

              Thanks RK-totally meant Orleans- I always confuse those names! Ooops!

          2. Walk over to Mass Ave and get a burger at Joe Sent Me... or Quindao Garden for dumplings..

            1. Snappy Sushi, right across the square from the theatre, has very decent and reasonably priced sushi; try the Newbury Fashion Roll.

              1. I'm hot and cold on Redbones because they're not consistant. I'll still go for the homemade sausages though. There have been times where I absolutely love their brisket and other times not so much. Orleans is a good option, comfortable atmosphere and I like Sagra which I haven't seen referenced here too often.

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                1. re: Pegmeister

                  Speaking of not referenced often, it looks like the Rosebud Diner has opened up a bar or some sort of establishment in the place directly behind it, in what was previously La Spina. Anyone been in?

                  I'll second Martsa - first time in the other day - good chow - no alcohol.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    Funny- I just walked in there 20 mins ago, prior to reading this. I wanted to check on the "Questionary" that they have listed as an activity for Wednesdays at 8. So, I walked in and it was dimly lit and smelled funny. There was no visible food or drink being consumed. There were 2 people sitting at the bar- it's still not clear to me if either of them worked there, but neither of them knew anything about bar trivia and whether it's like Stump trivia or its own thing. I honestly think I'd rather eat leftovers from Antonia's at this point (and yes, I know it's been closed for months) than eat there.

                  2. re: Pegmeister

                    Redbones - has half price appetizers between 4-6pm. Hint - they call a bowl of chili verde an app.

                    55 Cinema Lane, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522