It’s been a while since Lauren and I have found the time to have dinner together. Life sometimes gets in the way of important stuff! I am reminded of how much I love spending time with her. I am also reminded that our whole fabulous food journey began with simply making time to share a meal together once a week. Sometimes there is nothing better.
Anyway, we have always wanted to go to Craigie on Main (Tony Maws’ famous and much acclaimed restaurant in Cambridge). The thing is, for a casual dinner, it’s a little pricey. I’m sure it’s worth every penny, but it’s just not part of our program. So, we were very excited when we heard that Tony Maws had opened a new restaurant, Kirkland Tap and Trotter in Somerville! Kirkland Tap and Trotter is a fun, upscale pub and we loved it! The atmosphere pays homage to the comfortable neighborhood bar and music scene that previously occupied the space but with a little more funk and a rustic sophistication.
I found this article written by Tony Maws for Food Republic entitled 5-tips for opening a restaurant-5-reasons-you-should-not. In this article, it becomes clear that Tony Maws is a perfectionist and that the words “perfection” and “restaurant opening” are not generally found in the same sentence. Read this if you are interested, it made me laugh.
We tried a few things…I wish we could have tried more. There is a bit of everything on the menu, from a delicious grilled grass-fed hamburger, provolone and horseradish cream to braised local skate wing, littleneck clams, smoked tomatoes and beans. The general theme is “simple, hearty and approachable food” but there are definitely some sophisticated dishes on the menu.
We had the pan-fried sardines…
the vegetarian winter stew……
and the octopus with hummus and toasts.
Everything was as we expected….delicious! If you find yourself in the Inman Square area of Cambridge (it’s right on the Cambridge/Somerville line), we think you’ll like this one. I would definitely go back to and as Tony Maws writes in his article, it’s bound to get better and better with time.
Robin and Lauren