A Guide to Holiday Dining at Assembly Row

Assembly Row River BarRiver Bar in Assembly Row. Photo by Brian Samuels.

Holiday shopping can feel like running a marathon, especially in a city like Somerville where there are so many great stores to choose from and they’re all in a different spot. If you’re short on time and your gift-shopping stamina is at an all-time low, there’s still hope for you to have a great shopping trip yet. Not only is Assembly Row packed with a long list of stores to choose from, but there’s also no shortage of tastes and treats to help keep your energy levels high.

Even better—there are also endless to-go options that make delicious dining at home easy. 

Turn the chore of holiday shopping into an experience the whole family will remember by stopping by some of these Scout-approved restaurants, conveniently located right in Assembly: 

Dining
Smoke Shop BBQ — Assembly Line Park

We all know the leftover turkey sandwiches are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, but Smoke Shop has upped the ante and is rivaling Mom’s homemade feast. The classic Smoked Turkey Sandwich now comes with cranberry mayo and cornbread stuffing. Grab a quick bite from the chef-owned, award winning BBQ joint and experience a full range of fall flavors. 

Like what you see? Smoke Shop also has a Thanksgiving catering menu. Email by Nov. 24 to order a whole smoked turkey, pork loin ham, briskets, casseroles, mashed potatoes, and more to make preparing Thanksgiving dinner easier than ever before.

Drinks
River Bar — The Point Park

Step things up at River Bar, where an eclectic and lively atmosphere meets a wide selection of craft beers, cocktails, wine, and even food. The outdoor space is a heated patio complete with fire pits that will keep you cozy while sipping on a Swarm and Fuzzy—a new holiday cocktail that is River’s take on a hot toddy made with rye whiskey, amaro, honey, and citrus. Or, if you’re still hungry, order a plate of their Deviled Eggs Two Ways, another new menu addition that will feature a rotating selection of flavor combinations, beginning with smoked salmon and bacon potatoes.

Dessert
Mike’s Pastry — Level 1, Block 11, near South Entrance

While technically not a Somerville staple, Mike’s Pastry is a Boston favorite when it comes to dessert and there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little bit of the North End to the ‘Ville—especially not when it tastes this good. While Mike’s carries ricotta pies in its three locations year round, during the Thanksgiving season in November they add all of the classic flavors to their repertoire—pecan, pumpkin, apple, cherry, you name it. They also whip out pumpkin spice cannolis and cheesecake. 

Come Christmastime, the patisserie really begins to shine. “Christmas is a big Italian pastry holiday,” James Caterino, manager of the Somerville store says. They add holiday struffoli to the menu for Christmas and Easter, which is so popular that they tend to run out right around Dec. 24 and 25.

This story appears in the Nov/Dec print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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About the Author

Lilly Milman
Lilly Milman is the managing editor at Scout Magazines. She started as an intern while attending Emerson College in downtown Boston, where she received a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing.

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