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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

                  3. I'll second the Namaskar rec for Indian, and Martsa on Elm for Tibetan. I've been kind of disappointed in Orleans -- the menu always looks good, but the food doesn't seem to quite live up. And it's not exactly a great value. Haven't tried the mussels though. For cheap and quick, there is always Anna's Taqueria.

                    If you want sushi, Hana Sushi on Mass Ave (~ 5 minute walk from Davis, right next to Qingdao Garden) is better than either of the options in Davis square, although perhaps a bit pricier. Also on Mass Ave (corner of Mass Ave and Day st) is Cafe Barada, which does good Lebanese (warning: cash only). I've heard good things about Greek Corner on Mass Ave, although haven't been yet myself.

                    Sagra is a good option for Italian, on Highland. A bit further away (up Holland towards Teele square) is Sabur -- they have a nice patio, but I think of them more as winter food (the slow cooked lamb and the moussaka are both very good). Also a bit pricier than other options.

                    Finally, if you are eating before 7:30, the sandwiches at Dave's Fresh Pasta are quite good.

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                    1. re: tsackton

                      In my admittedly limited experience (of the sandwich), the Dave's Fresh Pasta Cubano is really, really good.

                      Although it's a tough call between that and Sessa's deli for an outstanding eggplant parm sub. Dunno about hours for that.

                      1. re: tsackton

                        love Dave's, but should note that while Dave's is open until 7:30, they stop taking sandwich orders at 7:00

                        1. re: tsackton

                          Greek Corner is one of my value favorites around the Camb/Som/Arl line. For the price, the quality is outstanding. (It's above average on an absolute scale, but not enormously above). The calamari is generally excellent, though the second to last time I had it (last fall) it was overdone. The chicken gyro is fabulous, and the dinner plates very good. I've never had a bill, including beer or wine, over $35 for two people, and it's usually closer to $25. The decor is Mediterranean-Kitsch, but what they don't spend on fancy appointments they also don't charge you for on your plate. Definitely recommend.