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Where to Eat and Drink in Somerville’s Davis Square

Fried scallops, Neapolitan pizza, Thai noodles, and Japanese dumplings

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Somerville’s Davis Square is a densely packed neighborhood full of excellent dining and drinking options for locals, college students, and destination diners alike. If you only have a little bit of time to explore the area, start with these 12 spots, from spicy Thai food to irresistible pizzas.

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1. Spoke Wine Bar

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89 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-9463
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The cozy Spoke Wine Bar is focused on seasonal eats and — you guessed it — wine. The small plates are meant to be shared (expect things like butter bean dip, fluke, and skirt steak), and the wine list is long and will satisfy drinkers of any disposition.

Pappardelle at Spoke Wine Bar
Pappardelle at Spoke Wine Bar
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2. Dave's Fresh Pasta

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81 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-0867
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Go to this retail shop and deli for the fresh pasta, stay for the exquisite sandwiches. Compulsory are the Cubano and the prosciutto and fig.

Prosciutto and fig sandwich at Dave’s Fresh Pasta
Prosciutto and fig sandwich at Dave’s Fresh Pasta
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3. Mike's Food & Spirits

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9 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-2379
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The menu at neighborhood standby Mike’s is a mile long, but go for the Roman-style flatbread pizza with barbecue chicken. Wash it down with a beer the size of your head.

Mike’s Food & Spirits
Roman-style pizza at Mike’s
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4. Amsterdam Falafelshop

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248 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-3334
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Amsterdam Falafelshop is a chain, but no matter. Get a falafel sandwich, and get some frites with curry sauce, too.

Frites at Amsterdam Falafelshop
Frites at Amsterdam Falafelshop
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5. Redbones Barbecue

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55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-2200
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Redbones may be a barbecue joint, but the best thing on the menu is the fried chicken and waffles. Get those, and get one of 29 beers on the enviable draft list. The neighborhood staple has been around for over 30 years.

Redbones chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles at Redbones
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6. Tenoch Mexican

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382 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-1906
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It’s not the original location — that’s in Medford — but that’s okay. These burritos are among the most-loved in town for a reason.

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Tenoch’s burritos are among the city’s best
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7. Dragon Pizza

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233 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-5026
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Dragon Pizza is the new kid on the Davis Square block. Even so, the pizzas it’s slinging are too delicious to ignore. You can go traditional and get the pepperoni, or you can mix it up and get the kung pao chicken. There are also kabobs, salads, and more, and the menu’s always changing; keep an eye on Instagram for specials.

Kung pao chicken pizza at Dragon Pizza
Kung pao chicken pizza at Dragon Pizza
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8. Snappy Kitchen

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234 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-0400
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The move at Snappy Kitchen — the evolution of Snappy Ramen, which used to be located on the other side of the square — is the black garlic-infused tantan ramen and an order of gyoza.

Gyoza at Snappy Kitchen
That lacy edge
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9. Out of the Blue

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215 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-5020
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The fried scallops at Out of the Blue are as good as you’ll find outside of the seafood shacks dotting Massachusetts’ North and South shores. And like at a seafood shack, they’re served with onion rings, tartar sauce, and coleslaw.

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A beautiful caprese salad from Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue/Official Site

10. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

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381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500
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If you go to Rosebud and don’t order pie, did you really go to Rosebud? The key lime is the order. Eat it after drinking something from the superb cocktail list. A mint julep, perhaps?

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Do not skip the pie
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11. Dakzen

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195 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-1759
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For those who crave Thai street noodles (who doesn’t crave Thai street noodles?), Dakzen is hard to beat. The pad see ew and pad khee mao are essential, and don’t miss the fiery tom yum noodle soup.

Overhead view of a bowl of a Thai noodle soup with ground pork, bean sprouts, crispy wonton strips, fish balls, and more. The bowl is pink and white with a rooster painted on it, and it sits on a plain white background.
Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
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12. Posto

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187 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 625-0600
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Posto is more than a pizza parlor, but Posto’s pizza is an absolute dream. These Neapolitan pies are as close to the real thing as exists in Boston. Get something seasonal, but get the margherita, too.

Pizza at Posto
A truly gorgeous pie from Posto
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1. Spoke Wine Bar

89 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144
Pappardelle at Spoke Wine Bar
Pappardelle at Spoke Wine Bar
Spoke Wine Bar/Instagram

The cozy Spoke Wine Bar is focused on seasonal eats and — you guessed it — wine. The small plates are meant to be shared (expect things like butter bean dip, fluke, and skirt steak), and the wine list is long and will satisfy drinkers of any disposition.

89 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Dave's Fresh Pasta

81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144
Prosciutto and fig sandwich at Dave’s Fresh Pasta
Prosciutto and fig sandwich at Dave’s Fresh Pasta
Dave’s Fresh Pasta/Facebook

Go to this retail shop and deli for the fresh pasta, stay for the exquisite sandwiches. Compulsory are the Cubano and the prosciutto and fig.

81 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Mike's Food & Spirits

9 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
Mike’s Food & Spirits
Roman-style pizza at Mike’s
Official Site

The menu at neighborhood standby Mike’s is a mile long, but go for the Roman-style flatbread pizza with barbecue chicken. Wash it down with a beer the size of your head.

9 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Amsterdam Falafelshop

248 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Frites at Amsterdam Falafelshop
Frites at Amsterdam Falafelshop
Amsterdam Falafelshop/Facebook

Amsterdam Falafelshop is a chain, but no matter. Get a falafel sandwich, and get some frites with curry sauce, too.

248 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

5. Redbones Barbecue

55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144
Redbones chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles at Redbones
Redbones/Instagram

Redbones may be a barbecue joint, but the best thing on the menu is the fried chicken and waffles. Get those, and get one of 29 beers on the enviable draft list. The neighborhood staple has been around for over 30 years.

55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144

6. Tenoch Mexican

382 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
tenoch burrito
Tenoch’s burritos are among the city’s best
Tenoch/Instagram

It’s not the original location — that’s in Medford — but that’s okay. These burritos are among the most-loved in town for a reason.

382 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

7. Dragon Pizza

233 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Kung pao chicken pizza at Dragon Pizza
Kung pao chicken pizza at Dragon Pizza
Dragon Pizza/Instagram

Dragon Pizza is the new kid on the Davis Square block. Even so, the pizzas it’s slinging are too delicious to ignore. You can go traditional and get the pepperoni, or you can mix it up and get the kung pao chicken. There are also kabobs, salads, and more, and the menu’s always changing; keep an eye on Instagram for specials.

233 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

8. Snappy Kitchen

234 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Gyoza at Snappy Kitchen
That lacy edge
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The move at Snappy Kitchen — the evolution of Snappy Ramen, which used to be located on the other side of the square — is the black garlic-infused tantan ramen and an order of gyoza.

234 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

9. Out of the Blue

215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
out of the blue
A beautiful caprese salad from Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue/Official Site

The fried scallops at Out of the Blue are as good as you’ll find outside of the seafood shacks dotting Massachusetts’ North and South shores. And like at a seafood shack, they’re served with onion rings, tartar sauce, and coleslaw.

215 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

10. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144
rosebud pie
Do not skip the pie
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar/Facebook

If you go to Rosebud and don’t order pie, did you really go to Rosebud? The key lime is the order. Eat it after drinking something from the superb cocktail list. A mint julep, perhaps?

381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144

11. Dakzen

195 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Overhead view of a bowl of a Thai noodle soup with ground pork, bean sprouts, crispy wonton strips, fish balls, and more. The bowl is pink and white with a rooster painted on it, and it sits on a plain white background.
Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

For those who crave Thai street noodles (who doesn’t crave Thai street noodles?), Dakzen is hard to beat. The pad see ew and pad khee mao are essential, and don’t miss the fiery tom yum noodle soup.

195 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

12. Posto

187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Pizza at Posto
A truly gorgeous pie from Posto
Posto/Instagram

Posto is more than a pizza parlor, but Posto’s pizza is an absolute dream. These Neapolitan pies are as close to the real thing as exists in Boston. Get something seasonal, but get the margherita, too.

187 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

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