Last weekend my daughter Megan and I enjoyed a short trip to Somerville for the weekend. We ate at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter Saturday Night. This is a more casual restaurant than Tony Maws’ Craigie on Main Street restaurant which is “a must” at some point in your dining experience. The grass-fed burger, famous fries, and mussels hit the spot. We scored two seats at the bar facing the kitchen so we could watch all the action.
For dessert, we headed over to Christina’s Homemade ice cream. My son raved about the cookie dough ice cream and whipped cream topping. The cookie dough had nice chunks of dough so there was no fighting over the chunks since there was plenty to go around. It was a perfect way to end the night.
Sunday morning we headed out early for a stop at Flour Bakery. Their motto is “make life sweeter, eat dessert first”. Makes sense to me! So many tasty treats to try. We even packed a box for the way home.
I left Megan at a lacrosse clinic at Tufts for the day so I explored Somerville solo. First stop was Taza Chocolate factory. No tour but picked up some Valentine’s Day treats.
I then changed gears…Did you know there are several breweries and cider companies in Somerville? Neither did I. I am looking forward to planning a return trip with some friends.
Somerville Brewing Company or Slumbrew for short is right around the corner from Taza Chocolate. They even produce a beer with chocolate from Taza called Porter Square Porter. Founded by a husband-wife team in 2011, this company now distributes to 6 states and has an annual production of over 2,000 barrels of beer. They offer free tours on Saturday.
Bantam Cider Company. I never thought I liked hard cider but the Wanderlust Cider has hints of champagne flavor which sold me on the first sip. Founded by Michelle da Silva and Dana Masterpolo, Bantam uses apples from New England and their main production facility is in Somerville. The Taproom is open Friday – Sunday and they offer several events so check out their website for the latest offerings.
I still had one last stop on my itinerary…Tatte Bakery. I have heard about this bakery and cafe for awhile so I cruised on over to see what all the talk was about. Take a look for yourself…and yes, they all tasted as good as they look!