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Daddy Jones Magoun Sq, Somerville, now open. First visit.

mrgrunko Nov 17, 2012 08:04 AM

This is a very friendly place. The focus is on the bar. However, wife and I prefer to eat, not drink.
A short, Greek-inflenced menu. Hand-cut fries are terrific. Last night's special, Lamb stew, was delicious and the portion was generous. The Grilled Sausage Sandwich: the Loukaniko sausage was sort of bland, the roast peppers, and caramelized onions wonderful. A friend who tried their Mac Daddy (mac and cheese) loved it.

Desserts: Pumpkin Flan was light and delicious, Sour Cherries with vanilla ice cream wonderful.

They have turned the old Little Vinny's into a very warm place. We will be returning to check out the rest of their menu.

link: http://daddyjonesbar.com

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    nyc_to_ma Nov 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    I was also here a few days ago. I really liked the food and drinks, and the space was great. That said, they still need to work on the service. We ordered the olives+feta as an appetizer, and it arrived at the same time as my entree (the chicken gyro), but my boyfriend's entree (the lamb kebobs) didn't arrive for about 15 mintues after. Also, the lamb "kebobs" was actually just 1 kebob, so that was disappointing.

    Overall, though, they were issues that could easily be resolved. I'd probably try it again, but I'll give them a few weeks to iron out the kinks.

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      Bluebell Nov 25, 2012 11:08 AM

      We tried Daddy Jones this weekend and liked it more than we expected. The new decor looks good, and though the menu is pretty brief, we liked everything we tried. The olives were topped with a bit of feta and served with generous pieces of grilled bread. The phyllo apps were very nice, and the basic salad was good too, with large wedges of cucumber rather than tiny chopped pieces. We tried the mac and cheese sans bacon, and the cheesiness was great. Also ordered fries and beers. Service was just fine - we were there on the early side, so I'm guessing the bar will get much busier. Decided not to get dessert, but good to hear that was worthwhile.

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        laura jean Dec 14, 2012 11:59 AM

        We tried it last Friday, around 8pm. Definitely a lively place. Staff was super friendly too. The bar was almost full (maybe 2 seats open) and all tables were full. We were seated within 5 minutes, and split several appetizers.

        Fried zucchini were tasty but I didn't love the breading. I loved the phyllo stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and cheese - will definitely return for that on a regular basis. Smoked herring was very smoky, and I liked it especially paired with the grilled romaine and capers. Meatballs were good, but not exceptional - I wish they were lamb meatballs.

        I live less than a half mile away - it's great to have another option besides Magoun's. I'll definitely be back, and often.

        1. yumyum Dec 21, 2012 03:37 PM

          Tried it finally tonight. I really dig the place, and the hard part for me will be deciding between Magoun's across the street and Daddy's where I will be a regular soon. Lovely bar, good staff, nice wine list. Nice vibe. My lamb skewers were cooked to perfection but the portion was skimpy. I asked to try the louganiko and they obliged with a taste in a monkey dish and it's delicious. Orange essence and char.

          The nice thing is there really isn't competition between Magoun's and Daddy's. They are really different spots, and my friends at both want the other to succeed in their genre. I wish parking was easier for Daddy's, but I found a meter space easily and you will too!

          I want all the Somerville hounds to check this out ... we need some cool spots in that part of our Ville and they are trying REALLY hard to make it a place you'd like to stop in on.

          I will definitely be back. Digga???

          3 Replies
          1. re: yumyum
            rknrll Dec 21, 2012 03:51 PM

            How is the parking any different than Magoun's?
            That municipal lot behind the CVS is huge.

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              yumyum Dec 21, 2012 03:56 PM

              Magoun's has their own parking spaces on the side of their building. That's where I always park unless it's Sunday and I can park in the muni lot or on the street for free. Parking is a "thing" here in Somerville so I hope they can work with it.

              1. re: yumyum
                rknrll Dec 21, 2012 06:56 PM

                Somerville resident...I either park on Lowell with my resident sticker, or in the municipal lot.

                My point was that the municipal lot is huge and there are always spaces there. Parking for Magoun's isn't ever an issue so I don't see how it would be for Daddy Jones, since it's across the street.

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            Madrid Apr 4, 2014 06:53 AM

            Any updates? Haven't tried it yet, want to. An alternative to Magoun's sounds good.

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