Walking up Bow St. from Union Square
When we arrived we had to sign a guest register to join the wait-list, as there was a short line outside waiting to get in. Next to the sign-in was an insulated coffee pot and some sliced sweet bread provided gratis by the restaurant, available for those hungry diners waiting for a spot. We arrived during a lull and had only one party ahead of us waiting for a seat. The line was longer when we left.
|Cozy but comfortable|
My friend ordered one of the specials, the eggs Benedict, which she enjoyed. She agreed that the home-fries were some of the best she’s had around the Boston area. I ordered three eggs with toast and home-fries, asking for the eggs to be poached. While the eggs were not served on the toast -- which is made from the restaurant’s own homemade bread -- they were still firm enough to move to the toast while still having the properly runny yolks I expect in a poached egg.
The menu has plenty of breakfast items like pancakes, French toast, waffles and home-fries, all of which are served all day. They also have a number of fish and shellfish dishes for lunch, ranging from fish and chips to pork and clams in red wine to their seasonal broiled lobster. Carnivores will find slim pickings, but there are a few different options for pork, beef and chicken. New dishes are put on the menu on a regular basis, so be prepared for new options when you go in. Bring cash, though; they don’t accept credit cards, debit cards or checks.
|Inside the arbor for warm weather dining|
While other Somerville spots may get more buzz for breakfast and brunch, the Neighborhood Restaurant is my go-to place for a comfortable, tasty and affordable meal.
25 Bow Street, Somerville, MA (Union Square)
Open daily from 7AM to 4PM
All pictures are originally from the website of the Neighborhood Restaurant