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Oct 25, 2012 02:48 PM

Davis Sq ?

This Sat I plan to check out MF Dulock's. The plan is to take the T to Davis Sq and walk up Highland Ave to the store.

Other than Redbones(which I don't want to go to cuz their truck is downtown if I want them), I don't know much about that area. I did a search and found Posto but they're only open for dinner.

I'll be there for an early lunch. Any favorites? I live near Chinatown so probably not Chinese. Any other cusine recs would be appreciated; especially if you have something that is not readily available Downtown/North End.


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  1. Stop in to Three Little Figs, on the right on Highland, just past Cedar. Best coffees in Boston, great baked goods, etc. Sandwiches.

    Just past Dulock is the Somerville Armory, which usually has a farmer's market on the weekends. Worth poking your head in. There is also a cafe there - have not heard it mentioned here on the board, but again, may be worth checking out.

    There is the new nut place on the left, before you cross Willow. Have not been yet.

    In Davis, Painted Burro (Mexican) and Five Horses (bar) are decent options. Could also swing by Ball Square for brunch at BSB or Soundbites.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      That new nut place is intriguing. I haven't been in either, but I've driven past it. From the sign, it looks like they also offer Christina's ice cream.

      I love Three Little Figs but it may be a further walk then anticipated. But, it's a really pleasant walk on the Bike path, maybe .5 miles from the drug store parking lot? My favorite thing at Three Little Figs is the Apple Cider Donut Muffin and the fig bar. The fig bars are elusive though, I've only had them once. Actually, the lemon donut muffin is quite tasty as well. I've only had the breakfast sandwiches there but have enjoyed them.

      1. re: beetlebug

        Three Little Figs is on the way to M.F. Dulock (which is about a mile from the T stop).

        1. re: dfan

          My bad. I was thinking that Dulock was next to or across from the nut place.

      2. re: Bob Dobalina

        Don't bother with the Armory - that's a winter farmer's market and doesn't start until December 1. Three Little Figs is awesome though - highly recommend!

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Q's Nuts is on the corner of Willow and Highland. They are open 12-8 all days except Monday. They have a delicious assortment of nuts, including lots of samples, and Christina's ice cream, yogurt and sorbet. If only they would put in a table or somewhere to sit while eating said ice cream, we'd probably spend every evening there. Maybe it's better for my waistline if they don't.

        2. How about Dave's Fresh Pasta? Really delicious sandwiches.

          There is also that new falafel place that has a long thread. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of it, maybe Amsterdam Falafel?

          Another option would be to take the T to porter for lunch and then it's a short walk to Davis. You can go to Cafe Mami in the Porter Exchange Bldg, or Rod Dee across the street.

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          1. re: beetlebug

            Great sandwiches at Dave's, I agree.

          2. The Armory farmers market is a winter market and I don't think it opens until after Thanksgiving. The Union Square Farmers Market is open this coming Saturday however and well worth visiting.

            Amsterdam Falafel in Davis is amazing...lots of toppings and great sauces.

            Enjoy's wonderful. If you like Indian, Dosa Temple is further down Somerville Ave, towards Union Square, not far from the Market Basket.

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            1. re: Madrid

              Confused about the Armory market - I know I was in there during the summer - maybe it was a one-time thing? This Saturday, it is hosting the Harvest Fest -

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                events for Oct 2012:

                only food event I see is the Harvest Fest; it's a fundraiser and costs $25.

                The Somerville Winter Market facebook page says they will open Dec. 1 2012

                1. re: Madrid

                  I agree with you - I just know that there is a lot of activity there on Saturdays in general and that I have personally stepped foot in the Armory on one occasion this summer and it was a farmer's market of some sort.

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    I need to get on their mailing list or check more regularly. It's really a great space with lots of good events and has really changed Saturdays in Somerville. I wish Highland Kitchen would open for brunch or lunch on Saturday! I need to try Three little figs.

                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      I googled a bit and saw suggestions that the winter's farmer's market from last year may have continued all the way into April or May of this year. That must have been what I went to.

              2. If you're walking that direction, some places to check out for lunch are the aforementioned 3 Little Figs (I love their BLT), M3 for southern fare (pig's ear sandwich, chicken & waffles, fried green tomatoes), and wacky hotdogs at Spike's. Foundry on Elm also has a nice lunch, but I haven't been in awhile.

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                1. If you're in the mood for pizza, check out Flatbread (right behind the T stop). Great fun to sit at the bar, munch on your slices and watch the bowlers right behind the bar. Like BobD, I like Five Horses. HUGE improvement over the last few places in that space. It's spiffed-up pub food, generally done well. I like that there are decent veggie choices offered. I think Painted Burro is only open for dinner, just like Posto (same owners). I avoid Foundry but would go back for drinks only because it's a nice space. Blue Shirt and Mike's, not great food, are both fun and collegiate but I haven't been in a few years (I have been known to love the Thai-seared tofu bowl at Blue Shirt). Dave's is a great food stop - as Beetlebug attests, great sandwiches. When Pigs Fly is a fun food stop, too. I went to Q's Nuts a couple of weeks ago (the "nut place"). Good food stop, fer sure. I picked up nuts for a host gift and got some yerba mate almonds and chocolate ginger cashews for our own consumption...not inexpensive but yum. Rosebud is a hoot, too, if you're in the mood for diner food. Since I don't eat meat or eggs (yeah, I know, I'm a kill-joy), I have found it tough to sample much there, but it's fun nonetheless.

                  If all else fails, can you change your plans and go on Sunday and then hit up Highland Kitchen for brunch?

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                  1. re: digga

                    Chocolate ginger cashews? I am going to have to pull the car over for those. ARe they dark or milk? Fingers crossed for dark....

                    1. re: beetlebug

                      I just ripped open the package to try one for you BB (we've been "saving them" - oh god, I'm starting to sound like my mom).

                      It's dark chocolate but rather subtle. And so is the ginger. The ingredients read "cashews, raw cane sugar, Taza ginger chocolate, ginger, ginger oil," but I want more in-your-face ginger flavor. So they get the chocolate from Taza but the nuts are not enrobed in chocolate; more like peppered with a crust of chocolate. Anyway, they encourage sampling in the shop (but I didn't...I always feel a little sheepish, I dunno why) so you can sample to your heart's content before deciding. The couple who run the place is quite cool. And, as you stated, there's Christina's ice cream to slurp up while you decide.

                      BTW, we and some out-of-town guests loved the yerba mate nuts. Went nicely with a beautiful brunello we were drinking that night.

                      1. re: digga

                        Thanks for trying them. I'll have to check them out, but like you, I would prefer a more gingery experience.

                    2. re: digga

                      I don't think Dulock's is open Sunday. Thx for the ideas. Lots of good ones.

                      I'll report back on where I end up.

                      1. re: digga

                        Definitely 2nd Flatbread -- good pizza plus the beer list features local beers (mostly MA with some NH, ME, CT, and RI craft beers).

                        Blue Shirt Cafe has been a quick, healthy, and tasty foodspot for the last 19 years for me.

                        Other than Martsa on Elm and Mr. Crepe, I don't really eat there (despite being the closest major square).