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Porter square must-visits?

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When we lived in Somerville over five years ago, our favorite neighborhood places were the West Side Lounge and Cambridge Common, with Chez Henri and Evoo for fancy dinners. We're going back in April and have one night for a dinner out without kids. We would like to go somewhere in the old neighborhood - what is good these days? or should we go with an old favorite?

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  1. In the former EVOO location is Bergamot, which is very good.

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    Bergamot
    118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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    1. re: emannths

      Definitely second Bergamot. I actually like it more than EVOO for the most part, especially their cocktails.

      1. re: Boston_Otter

        FYI to the OP, EVOO is still around, just moved to Kendall Square in Cambridge.

    2. There've been some recent downhill alerts for Chez Henri. You might want to do a search for recent threads and decide if it's still worth going.

      1. if you do end up doing chez henri, they are offering a 3 course meal for 2 (shared dessert) for $55 on buywithme.com/boston. i bought one and plan on making it out there sometime in april/may to give it a shot.

        1. Sort of in the same neighborhoods would be Gran Gusto if you are interested in Italian. It's in North Cambridge.

          1. We recently went to the West Side Lounge for the first time, and loved it. I had the Tuna Tartare appetizer and Paella, and my wife had the Spring Roll appetizer and the Pumpkin Ravioli. All four dishes just listed were outstanding. We also had the yummy Sparkling Concord Grape Martini. You'll be well-advised to make reservations. We lucked out getting bar seats.

            In case it's not obvious, this is a strong recommendation.

            West Side Lounge
            1680 Mass Ave, Cambridge
            617.441.5566