We love letting readers vote for the winners—but that means you guys get to have all the fun, and we want to get in on the action too! Here’s what our staff is snacking on when we’re not hard at work putting the magazine together.
SUSHI: EBI SUSHI
The only problem you might have at Ebi Sushi is not knowing where on the extensive menu you should start. It’s all good—the Blizzard Rolls, the Somerville Rolls, the Ali Unagi—so what’s a sushi lover to do? We recommend going with the Chef’s Choice Nigiri: five or 10 pieces, all of them incredible.
290 SOMERVILLE AVE. (617) 764-5556, EBISUSHI.COM
ITALIAN: VINNY’S RISTORANTE
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the North End’s got nothin’ on this East Somerville staple. Whether it’s a sub or sandwich from the lunch counter up front or a simple, hearty plate of pasta from the restaurant in the rear, at Vinny’s, you’re eating food that’ll have you feeling like you’re actually in Italy.
(617) 628-1921, VINNYSATNIGHT.COM
CHINESE: WANG’S FAST FOOD
Everything about Wang’s Fast Food is understated: the location, the signage—hell, even the name. But step inside, and you’ll find unexpected offerings like jellyfish in garlic sauce alongside takeout joint staples like chow mein and moo shi pork, plus handmade dumplings that are (quite rightfully) often shouted out as being the best in Greater Boston.
(617) 623-2982, WANGSCHINESECUISINE.COM
GREEK: OPA GREEK YEEROS
With ingredients imported from the Mediterranean, next-level-good tzatziki sauce and thick, tangy, homemade yogurt, Opa is the go-to spot for authentic Greek fare. The meats are amazing, but don’t let the spits fool ya—just about everything here can be prepared vegetarian. And don’t forget to save room for loukoumades.
378 HIGHLAND AVE., (617) 718-2900, FACEBOOK.COM/OPAGREEKYEEROS
TASTE OF SOMERVILLE TRIUMPH: SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL’S HIGHLANDER CAFE
We ate a lot of great stuff this year at Taste of Somerville in the Park. As always, the event brought together the best of the best, and city chefs rose to the occasion, showing off their skills with the tastiest items they could muster. But it was the student chefs at Somerville High’s own Highlander Cafe who really wowed us; their sweet contribution, a flourless chocolate cake with cardamom cream, walnut tuile, chocolate ganache and spun sugar had us coming back for seconds (and thirds).
81 HIGHLAND AVE., (617) 625-6600
There are plenty of great burgers in the city, but our current favorite is the Rodeo Burger at Saloon—a brisket, chuck and short rib blend topped with maple smoked cheddar and crispy shallots with whiskey barbecue sauce. The thing is pure, gluttonous heaven sandwiched between a brioche bun.
255 ELM ST., (617) 628-4444 SALOONDAVIS.COM
TACOS: LA POSADA
La Posada is one of the best-kept secrets in Somerville, and the tacos… oh, the tacos. They’re simply the best in town. Unexpected elements like coleslaw, beet and watercress elevate the chicken tacos; radishes provide a spot-on complimentary crunch to carne asada; pineapple salsa with carnitas is a perfect pairing. You’ll want one (or more) of each.
505 MEDFORD ST., (617) 776-2049 LAPOSADASOMERVILLE.COM
PIZZA: LEONE’S SUB & PIZZA
Leone’s feels untouched by time; it’s hardly changed in the 40 years it’s been in business. And to be clear, that’s a really, really good thing. We predict there’d be riots if the shop’s doughy, gooey and perfectly greasy Sicilian slices were any different.
292 BROADWAY, (617) 776-2511 SUB.LEONESSUBANDPIZZA.COM
“Okay,” you’re saying to yourself, “I get shouting out the best sushi and tacos in the ‘Ville. Pizza, of course. But omelets?” Yes, omelets. Have you had one at Juliet? There, you can get a perfect, satiny French omelet, with parmigiano-reggiano and toasted bread crumbs, or with gruyere and wild mushrooms. Or, try the rose petal dessert omelette pictured here.
257 WASHINGTON ST., (617) 718-0958 JULIETSOMERVILLE.COM
This story appears in the September/October 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.