Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I've been going to a number of take out restaurants of late, as we are hoping to add a section on good "to go" restaurants over the coming months. And ironically, one of the best take out restaurants I've been to over the past several weeks was a place that we actually sat in and dined, rather than taking the food to go. Either way, though, Green Tomato 2 in Somerville was pretty impressive, and it is a place that should be a big a hit with all the nearby students who are nearby.
Green Tomato 2 (the original is in Reading) resides on Elm Street at the edge of Davis Square, heading toward Porter and Union Squares. The building in which it is housed feels like a mix of an auto repair garage and a warehouse, with a corrugated roof acting as a ceiling, lots of pipes up above, and a concrete floor. But since Green Tomato will likely cater to folks on the run, the relative lack of atmosphere shouldn't be a big deal to most. The setup is closer to a cafeteria than a fast-food joint, and the food seems fresher and healthier than what you might expect.
I started with a very wholesome, delicious barley soup that included meat and a lot of vegetables in a dark, thick broth. For our meals, we tried a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich (fresh-tasting, and with slices of real turkey meat), a baked stuffed eggplant with ziti (mouthwatering rolled eggplant with cheese inside, but rather watery and limp pasta), and a side of butternut squash (chunky, spicy, and flavorful; perhaps the best item of the night). For all the food we had, we spent very little money, as the vast majority of the items offered at Green Tomato are less than $10. Service was friendly and efficient, which is typically unheard of at a fast-food place, and pretty rare at a cafeteria-style restaurant as well.
I feel that Green Tomato 2 is onto something with their unique concept of fresh, healthy cafeteria-style/takeout dining. They should do very well in their Davis Square location, especially if they can keep their prices down during these inflationary times so that college students have extra incentive to walk the couple of extra blocks past the heart of the square.
If you would like the address for Green Tomato 2, here it is: Green Tomato 2, 187-193 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Phone: (617) 591-2223.
Sad to say that Green Tomato 2 in Somerville has closed. It shut down for good a few days ago.
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