1. Journeyman9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville
2. Bronwyn255 Washington St, Somerville
3. Casa B253 Washington St, Sommerville
4. Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken & Grill25 Union Sq, Somerville
5. Machu Picchu Restaurant307 Somerville Ave, Somerville
6. Brass Union70 Union Square, Somerville
7. Buk Kyung9 Union Sq Ste A, Somerville
A bold first-time endeavor from a husband-wife/historian-sociologist duo, Journeyman serves a fixed weekly menu of locally sourced grub paired with biodynamic wines in an intimate 14-table, 36-seat old pasta sauce factory.
This cozy Union Square restaurant serves up modern twists on traditional and authentic German fare (borscht, massive bretzels, every wurst imaginable). And, in true German fashion, Bronwyn offers dozens of beers (by the liter, boot or bucket) from all over central Europe and New England. Owner Tim Wiechmann was aiming to imitate the atmosphere of a European dive or hostel with this location, and he totally nailed it with its nearly medeival look (dark, heavy wooden tables, worn-leather bar stools, rustic red and blue walls).
You might make Casa B your second home (get it?) after spending some time in this dual-level resto that serves their interpretation of traditional dishes from the Spanish Caribbean, most of which is meant to be shared and eaten sans utensils.
The smell of charcoal grilled chicken should guide you to Machu Chicken, where you can get chicken that is simultaneously juicy, smoky, and crispy. The price ($10 for half a chicken) only makes it better.
This festive spot is serving traditional Peruvian food, like beef with rice & beans and sirloin with onions & tomatoes. Native Peruvian and owner Rosie Cerna also adds some dishes of her own to the menu, like her take on a chicken roulade.
At Brass Union, the front, tavern-style setting gives way to a funk/soul lounge in back, which boasts vintage table-top video games, board games, life-size Connect Four, and a 14-foot shuffleboard court.
Koreans say Buk Kyung is as close to authentic Korean food as you get in Boston. The restaurant specializes in Chinese-influenced Korean dishes, evident in its community-sized plates and signature jajangmyun, or soybean-paste noodle. The restaurant’s no-fuss yellow décor and tag-team husband-and-wife duo further confirm that it serves the real-deal Korean.