Best Bites In and Around Belmont: Summer Round-Up

Best Bites In and Around Belmont: Summer Round-Up

Posted by Tina Bacci on 07/23/18

Is it just us, or does it seem like Belmont and Cambridge are suddenly bursting with some seriously amazing dining options?

First up on our list is The Wellington, the de Magistris Brothers (Il Casale Restaurant) latest venture which opened in mid-June in Belmont Center. The Wellington, which bills itself as an everyday neighborhood eatery, draws its name from the Wellington Railroad Station, built in 1840, in what would become Belmont Center. Around the same era, The Wellington Homestead and Tavern served as a popular stop-off for travelers between Boston and Concord. On an homage to its history, the modern-day Wellington restaurant offers up eclectic American cuisine and craft cocktails, in a sleek yet approachable setting.

With a special focus on burgers and dishes like fried chicken with dry chili honey glaze, a classic steak frites and even a cauliflower “steak” entrée, the menu makes it easy to choose a satisfying dinner or lunch. There is also a kids menu and a compelling cocktail list with such creative names as Soju Wanna be a Rockstar, made from the Korean liquor, and a mescal-inspired drink named, perhaps aptly, Awkward Tinder Date.

The bar at the Wellington opens nightly at 4:30 p.m., and dinner runs from 5-9 or 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

A little further afield is another new favorite, Tallula, which recently opened its doors in West Cambridge. Named after the husband-and-wife team Conor Dennehy and Danielle Ayer’s daughter, Tallula – the cozy 12-table space crafts thoughtful dishes using local ingredients. The roasted Berkshire Pork with chard and peaches is a standout as is the Tuna Crudo. For a truly special night out, Tallula offers a seasonal Tasting Menu, which, like it’s regular ala carte menu changes daily according to what’s in season. Bonus points for an amazing brunch served Sundays between 10am-3pm. Fan favorites include johnnycake with honey butter, and a big sticky bun and real fresh squeezed juice. Reservations are recommended. 377 Walden Street, Cambridge.