Tag Archives: Broadway Street

To Catch a Flick

Over the past hundred years, Somerville has been host to at least 14 different theatres around the city.  The Somerville Theatre opened its doors in 1914, and remains the last one standing.

Located in the heart of Davis Square, the theatre is a great place to catch a movie or a concert; the view of the screen/stage is impressive from wherever you are sitting. Movie ticket prices are extremely low, ranging from $5-8, and there are only five minutes of ads and previews preceding the feature. You can buy beer or wine at the concession stand too, which makes the theatre a nice alternative to hitting the crowded bars on a Friday night.  Don’t forget to come early and check out the Museum of Bad Art in the basement.

The Lost Theatres of Somerville, based on a past exhibit at the Somerville Museum, goes into much detail about the many theatres of Somerville – it’s a great site chock full of info and history, so do click on the link to read more.

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DAILY TRIVIA: President Obama lived on Broadway in Somerville during the late 80s and early 90s, while attending Harvard Law School.

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Bickfords No More

If you haven’t checked out Brunello Bistro in Winter Hill, it’s worth a visit.  It may be housed in the old Bickfords location, but it’s definitely no Bickfords. There’s even an outdoor seating area (and nope – it doesn’t overlook Broadway Street, if that’s what you’re envisioning.)

Baked gouda

I stopped there tonight with a friend, and we enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and shared the baked gouda appetizer.  Wrapped in philo dough with greens, fresh berries and toasted walnuts, it’s an original concoction by Chef Manuel and is indeed quite delicious. As you can see, the presentation is also pretty impressive.

Brunello has an exceptional wine list, full bar and original menu, not to mention plenty of parking. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, and the chef is always coming out from the kitchen to mingle with the diners, ever interested in their opinions of the food.  There’s even a fireplace in the corner, adding to the cozy atmosphere.

I have been to Brunello a few times and though selfishly it’s kinda nice to have a dining option in Somerville without mad crowds, I’m always a tad nervous that they might have to close if more people don’t hurry up and discover this place. Come on, Somervillians… Davis and Union may be the more obvious draws when contemplating dinner out, but don’t forget to support your local Winter Hill establishments too.

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DAILY TRIVIA: The Winter Hill Gang, named for the Somerville neighborhood and once headed by the notorious Whitey Bulger, still  operates today out of South Boston.

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