East Somerville Foodie Crawl

by agirlandhermutt on September 26, 2014

When I moved to Boston a little over 9 years ago, I discovered the world of farmer’s markets. They just weren’t popular, or I wasn’t aware of them, in my area of Florida. I instantly took to the idea of feasting on goodies that were grown or made right in my own neighborhood.

For a few years I was even part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with a farm in my town. Each week during the summer/early part of fall, I would get a box of fresh vegetables.

The box was fantastic, but even after splitting the goods with my friend, Karen, it was WAY to much food for someone who enjoys going out to eat as much as I did (still do?!).

Although I no longer buy all my veggies from the local farm, I do still enjoy and support eating in my community. I WANT to support local vendors, farmers, restaurants, crafts people and artists.

Places like the South End Open Market (SOWA), farmer’s markets throughout the week, and food trucks are fun ways to support all kinds of locals. But another way that I LOVE to support my community is to visit local restaurants. Local eats = Excellent treats!

Last week I had the opportunity to visit East Somerville, which is just a little hop from my house, for the East Somerville Foodie Crawl. It was like a good ol’ fashioned pub crawl…but with food!

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The foodie crawl consisted of 15+ locations that were serving up small plates of everything from Ethiopian to Brazilian to Mexican.

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It was a gorgeous night so it was really nice to grab a bite from the restaurant and then enjoy out on the street. There were TONS of people walking around and enjoying the tour too. It isn’t often that people just take time to wander around the neighborhood, but the foodie crawl was perfect for that.  Untitled

As we did our crawl along Broadway St, there was live music and a few other fun surprises, including a caricature artist. Untitled

If I am being honest, quite a few of the restaurants on the tour are places that I probably wouldn’t have given a second look before this crawl. Seriously. They were by no means “dive” looking, but a few had smaller signs or maybe a generic name that didn’t catch me. But once we were inside? I was totally overwhelmed with great smelling food and friendly folks who wanted to give it to me!

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By the end of the crawl we had hit *almost* every single spot and were STUFFED beyond belief. As the night went on the lines started to get a bit longer and we were a bit too tired to stand around.

The best bite of the night?! Our favorite bite of the night also ended up being our last bite. As we started to fall into a food coma, we came across Tacqueria Montecristo, a SalvadorianI  food stop. They were serving some kind of tostada/fried thingy with all kind of veggies loaded on top with cheese and HOMEMADE SOUR CREAM. I apologize for not knowing the name. Ugh. So good!

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By the time I was done eating I had sour cream on everything, including my phone and the BF’s jacket. Fortunately, he stopped me from licking it off. I go nuts for sour cream. Thank goodness I was in charge of the photos or there would be a seriously messy photo of me up above.

The tour was just $20 for 2.5 hours of eats and fun. I think the crawl was a fantastic idea and it was so fun to get explore East Somerville a bit more. I totally think other neighborhoods should take note and invite their residents to come explore the same way.

See ya soon Somerville!

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