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Gargoyles On the Square

219 Elm St, Somerville, MA
617.776.5300   |  website
  • Neighborhood: Davis Square
  • Directions: Davis (Red line) at Holland Street
  • Hours: Open Tue-Thurs 5 pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 5 pm-1 am, Sun 10:30 am-midnight
Jason Santos is the kind of chef whose cooking makes us suspect he’d be a good drinking buddy: his food is inventive, playful, occasionally outrageous (think mad-food-scientist), not at all pretentious. It helps that his venue, in the heart of Davis Square, has an attractive but not stuffy bar and dining room staffed by expert mixologists and servers without a hint of self-seriousness. Great desserts, modest wines, and entrees under $25 make this a place to check out on weeknights, thereby ducking the weekend mob scene.
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