Getting Warmer: Somerville
On the other side of the river, Cambridge generally challenges Boston for cool openings and innovative cuisine, but we've been seeing Somerville warm up for some time now, and the boiling point may soon be reached. It started over the last few years with the opening of American brasserie Foundry on Elm (plus its handsome adjacent cocktail spot, Saloon), Southern-inspired M3, marvelous Mexican spot The Painted Burro, hipster-friendly Daddy Jones and haute-concept Journeyman, pictured. But within the last year we've seen Spoke Wine Bar pour out greatness, MF Dulock carve itself a notch as one of the area's best butcheries, a revamped Posto and still-approachable but more ambitious spots like East End Grille moving into formerly quiet areas. And star chefs are recognizing it as a place to debut new restaurants: Tim Wiechmann (T.W. Food) just opened his Central European restaurant Bronwyn, Tony Maws (Craigie on Main) unveils Kirkland Tap & Trotter next week, and Ana Sortun (Oleana) brings us Sarma any time now.